CGW is a club for amateurs and professionals who like to make historical, science fiction, or fantasy costumes.

CGW Workshop: Teens corset

TVE13This is the first workshop in the CGW Teens Series! At the end of the weekend, you should have a mostly-completed corset to wear under 1909-1916-style dresses. This will be your foundation for Late Edwardian clothing, including events  for Titanic, season 1 of Downton Abbey, Early Automobile (Model T), and Doctor Zhivago.

We will be constructing the Truly Victorian 1913 Late Edwardian Corset, as taught by Jennifer Rosbrugh of Historical Sewing. If you are unable to join us in person, Jennifer has an online corset class starting on January 20, 2016. Registration for that class begins January 1.

This workshop will be limited to 8 students. We’ll start at 9am Saturday with measurements, cutting out our patterns, and making the mockup. Then we will fit and measure for the busk and bones. At approximately noon, we will take a break for lunch. Then we’ll head out to Richard the Thread to purchase coutil and other supplies. After the shopping expedition, we’ll head back to the workshop to begin cutting and construction! Sunday’s class time is optional, should you need the extra time to finish.


Saturday, February, 20, 2016, 9am – 5pm
Sunday, February 21, 2016, 9am – 3pm (optional for finishing up your project)

Cost: $110 for CGW Members. This class will initially be offered to CGW members only. If there are any spaces left on Monday, February 1, they will be offered to the public at $140.

Tickets: This event is sold out. If you would like to attend the online version of this workshop, go to online corset class at Historical Sewing.

Children: This workshop will be very busy, so please do not bring children.

Food: Lunch will be provided, as well as snacks to keep you going and coffee and tea. It is important that you list any food restrictions when you purchase your ticket.

Address: Private Residence, Westchester, CA

Parking: free street parking. The location is near a university, so the parking can sometimes be limited.

coco001Workshop provides:

Student provides:

*Any items marked with an asterisk will be available for purchase on our field trip to Richard the Thread. Every other item must be brought to the beginning of class.

  • 1 to 1.5 yards of mockup fabric – either bull denim, drill or duck
  • pattern or tracing paper, pens & pencils
  • sewing machine
  • basic sewing kit
  • 20″-long separating zipper
  • lacing strips (if you have them) or 2 yards of eyelet tape
  • 1 yard fashion fabric, if you wish to cover your corset (optional)
  • 2-3 dozen grommets, if you want a color other than brass
  • extra-wide, double-fold bias tape, purchased or made (1 3/4” to 2” if custom cut)
  • *1-1.5 yards 60″ coutil
  • *8 yards corset lacing with finished tips
  • *busk
  • *24 pieces of boning
  • any extra boning you may have on hand
  • a grommet setter, if you have one (A small one will be available during class, and Richard the Thread will welcome all students who buy materials there back to have their grommets set there.)
Jennifer R. in her fabulous Hunger Games Costume at Costume College - August 2012. Photo By Becca Metzger.

Jennifer R. in her fabulous Hunger Games Costume at Costume College – August 2012. Photo By Becca Metzger.

About our instructor: Jennifer Rosbrugh is a 21st Century lady with a passion for sewing 19th C. costumes. Desiring to live in a 1870s Victorian town, she connects with others who love costuming and dream of the past. Jennifer runs the Old Petticoat Shop and blogs at She has been hosting online historical sewing classes since 2012. After making her clothes for nearly 30 years Jennifer has developed a penchant for 1870s bustle dresses, 1830s & Regency era gowns. As well as being an event time-traveler, Jennifer is a Neo-Victorian, lover of dark chocolate, and long-time teacher at CGW’s Costume College.






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