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November 4th – 8th 2024

Categories: Fully Booked

The Corsetry Retreat – Stays edition

Tutors – Ruth Watkin and Emma Brackenbury

The Corsetry Retreat – Stays Edition will be held in Skendleby Hall, a beautiful manor house in the Lincolnshire Wolds UK.

The Corsetry Retreat, stays edition, includes a full schedule of workshops with experienced tutors, chance to examine original garments, as well as time to relax in the historic surroundings, meet with like-minded people, and unwind in the hall’s hot tub and sauna or in the lounge and game’s rooms. 

Each day will be focussing on a different skill set.  

  • Day one will be pattern drafting using historical methods and creating the iconic shape of stays, as well as a chance to examine extant stays from the Leicester archives up close from with experts on hand to answer any questions.  
  • Day two will consist of toiling and fitting to ensure your stays fit you perfectly.  
  • Day three will focus on construction techniques where we will look at a range of methods from hand sewing to machine sewn and you can sample all the techniques you might want to use, or you can simply use the time to start constructing your stays. 
A cream Stay made by Emma Brackenbury. The Photographer is Richard Marsden.

Around the scheduled workshops Emma and Ruth will also be on hand throughout the day to help troubleshoot your existing projects so please bring along your problem children if you’d like advice on what’s gone wrong (don’t worry they don’t judge).

Included in the price of your room will be a private bathroom, four evening meals, three days of workshops, two experienced tutors on hand for guidance throughout, and a swap table for the exchange of materials and embellishments.  

New for 2024, we will have Sarah Nicol, curator from The Symington Archive: held by Leicestershire Museum Collections, bringing us extant stays for you to examine up close and answer and of your questions on how they might have been constructed. 

You’ll also have use of the hall’s spa facilities and the communal areas for socialising. 

In addition, we will provide all materials needed for the workshops including coutil, boning and busks, flossing threads and eyelets.

For more information on rooms availability and pricing please click below.

  • A person wearing a blood red Stay and matching skirt. She has bright red eye makeup and short blonde hair.

  • A cream Stay made by Emma Brackenbury. The Photographer is Richard Marsden.

  • A Stay being made. It is unfolded on a table and is cream with red around the edges. There are scissors, tape and boning on the table too.

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