It's already March which means it's nearly a year since I moved into my beautiful woodland cottage studio in Oxfordshire. The reason I took on the studio wasn't just because my husband wanted to reclaim our house and make it free from 'work' (not to mention corset parts), but also because within the cottage was a lovely large workroom from where I could envision teaching lots of lovely corset making classes.
The first class of this year was Sparklewren's creative corsetry patterning masterclass a couple of weeks ago, but March, April and May are very busy with a corset pattern drafting course followed by a begginners corset construction course, followed by an intermediate corset construction course and then another beginners corsetry course which is already nearly full. I am scheduling more classes soon!
The best part about teaching is that I learn as much as my students. Each class is a feast of revelation for all! Classes are much better than private tuition because of all the interaction between students - someone may ask a question that nobody else thought of, and you get 4 bodies worth of experience in one go. This is invaluable and can't be learned from a book. The courses are quite intense and everybody leaves as good friends - my studio always feels rather empty on a Monday morning - a bit like the morning after the party with just the debris of a good time to clear up.
My egg mayo sandwiches have become pretty legendary! We have vintage teas every day on each course, and these feature on the menu frequently. The eggs come from my own chickens! There is also plenty of cake and tea involved - all served up on beautiful vintage crockery and from about April onwards, the weather is usually good enough to eat on the picnick bench outside.
Many of my corsetry students have been back to me several times and this makes me very happy because I know it means that they had a good time in the Sew Curvy Cottage Studio, sewing, learning, chatting and lacing!
For more info on my corset making classes, click here: Corset Making Classes