Corset Making For Beginners

Fascinated by corsets? Always wanted to learn how to make a corset but found it daunting? After a sold out class in June 2015, I am happy to announce that Morúa Corsetry and Couture will be offering a corset making class in August of 2016.

Gerry Quinton, the Chicago Corsetière behind Morúa has years of corset making, fashion industry, and teaching experience. Her corsets renowned for her graceful cinched silhouettes, elegant detailing and remarkable fit. In 2014, she moved her business to Chicago after almost a decade of working in London.

In Corset Making for Beginners you will gain the knowledge you need to a make real, quality, Victorian inspired corset. You will make an over bust corset, fitted to your body, from Morúa corset pattern, optimized for modern bodies. Classic techniques and observations from the study of antiques will be explored.

Classes will be held at the beautiful Morúa shop and studio: The Department of Curiosities. The workshop is located in Chicago’s trendy Logan Square neighborhood, a hub of great restaurants and innovative watering holes in one of America’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Class is strictly limited for an optimal learning experience.

Dates: August 12,13 and 14th. Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

In this course you will:

• Learn about real steel boned corsets: shaping, function, the best materials to use.
• Learn how to take precise measurements.
• Alter a pattern to fit your body.
• Make a mock up or “muslin” version of a corset to test the pattern for for fit.
• Learn how to trace and cut you corset fabric accurately.
• Explore techniques for stitching strong, smooth, wrinkle-free seams, and accurate boning channels.
• Learn how to insert a traditional corset busk fastening.
• Use tools to cut and tip steel boning so that you don’t have to rely on pricier pre-cut lengths.
• Learn how to set two part eyelets. (Also known as grommets)
• Tips and tricks for binding and finishing your corset.
• Methods to lace, condition and wear your corset.

Corset Making for Beginners also provides:

Access to a specialty design studio and tools during the course: but also the knowledge of how to use simpler tools at home to achieve professional results.

Opportunity to study a range of finished corsets, explore a working fashion studio, and access to study materials.

Lunch and refreshments for two days. On the last day we will walk across the boulevard and enjoy the fantastic patio (weather permitting) at Parson’s Chicken and Fish, which also has great veggie options.

Materials included in the course:

•Grey, black or white coutil: a special corsetry fabric. Please specify you color choice when registering.
•Overbust Corset Pattern. You will make your corset from a proprietary Morúa pattern. This pattern is not commercially available, but you will be able to take a personalized version home.
•Pattern paper, cotton “toile” fabric, hardware, fittings, bindings and trims.
•Two part steel busk closure.
•German spring steel and spiral boning.

Boning and coutil is provided by Sew Curvy in the UK. A range of samples from this excellent supplier will be available to the students.


Intermediate sewing skills. You should be familiar with a sewing machine and able to sew basic garments. This is an intense course, and the instructor will not have the time to dedicate to basic sewing skills.

What to Bring:

•Sewing Machine: Please bring your own sewing machine if possible. It is best to you use a tool that you are familiar with. If you are travelling from afar, you will be able to rent a machine for an additional $30.00 for the weekend. Please specify when booking. If you prefer an industrial sewing machine, these are also available.
•Sewing and marking tools: Please bring your own sewing kit, cutting shears and rulers.
•Trim: If you’d like to add a bit of trim, such as lace to embellish the top edge of your corset, please bring it along.
•Please bring something to wear that you will be comfortable in when fitting your corset.

About the Corsetière:

Gerry Quinton was born in Costa Rica, has also lived in Spain, and England. Morúa is named for her maternal surname. Her work is influenced by a sense of displacement and nostalgia that comes from leading a life split amongst continents, drawing on old world craftsmanship traditions of tailoring and corsetry.

Gerry’s career began with an education in Fashion Design at Columbia College, where she won Best Women’s Wear Prize and showed in the Driehaus Award for Fashion Excellence. Upon graduation, Gerry relocated to the UK. While in London she worked as a pattern maker in the fashion industry and as a CAD pattern-making trainer for a wide range of industry professionals and learning institutions.

The designer found her passion catering to private clients from her studio in Holloway in North London, where she gained expertise in corsetry and fitting. To further her skill, she studied the antique corsets in the archives of Symington Collection and the Museum of London. Her commissions have ranged from aristocratic weddings to traditionally tailored frock coats. In addition, she has created a ready-to-wear corset line for Violet’s Box boutique. Gerry teaches yearly master classes at Julia Bremble’s renowned Oxford School of Corsetry in England and one of the founders of the Oxford Conference of Corsetry.


Classes will be held at the Morúa studio located at 3013 W Armitage Ave. Chicago Il 60647
There is ample street parking. The studio is about a ten minute walk from California stop on the CTA blue line, which goes directly to to O’hare airport and downtown Chicago.

Refund Policy:

Charges for the course are non-refundable, but are transferable a future course if cancellation is made with 30 days notice.

Corsetry 101

Workshop cost is $550.00 for three days of instruction, lunch for two days and all specialist materials needed to make your first overbust corset.

August 12, 13, and 14 2016. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm