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Burlesque Costuming 101


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6 - week course, 1 hour per lesson. 

Course Description

Never picked up a needle and thread in your life? Never fear, this is the course for you.

Burlesque performance goes hand in hand with costume making. For many who have never learnt to sew, getting performance costumes made by others is the only alternative and can be a very costly. 

This course is focused on Women's Classic Burlesque Costume design and creation. You WILL NOT learn to sew on a machine in this course, all of the objectives will be taught by implementing hand sewing and finishing techniques.

You will finish this course with a new classic costume - covered bra & knickers, panel skirt and embellished gloves, all matching.

Please note that you will also be required to work on your costume pieces at home in between classes as well. 

Week 1 - Introduction to Costume Design

Week 2 - Trims/ Embellishment & Cutting out Panel Skirt

Week 3 - Covering Knickers

Week 4 - Covering a Bra

Week 5 - Embellishing Knickers, Bra, Gloves & Panel Skirt

Week 6 - Finishing it all off 

What to Wear

During the course, you will need to purchase/bring items, such a basic sewing kit, fabric, moulded cup bra, high waisted knickers, gloves and embellishments, which will be explained to you in week 1.

You dont require anything for the first session except for a lead pencil and eraser. 

If you would like to purchase any of the items in advance, you will need the following:

- moulded cup bra – not soft cup. (can be an old one – you don’t need to go and

buy a new one)

- hand sewing needles – an assortment of sizes is a good idea

- thread in matching colour to fabric chosen for covering

- pins with glass or plastic heads on them – not the plain metal ones (as they are

harder to use)

- tape measure

- Sewing scissors

- tailors chalk

- Stretch Fabric to cover their bras and underpants from – approx. 0.5-1m.

- 4mtrs of fabric for panel skirt – Fabric that doesn't need hemming, such as nylons (lycras, power mesh or heavier net fabric, etc..) 
The fabric of the panel skirt should be a complimentary colour to the fabric colour that is used for covering bra and underwear.

- Ribbon for waistband of the panel skirt, enough length to go around waist plus 10cm for overlap and finishing.

- A pair of long satin gloves. These may need to be ordered online in advanced if a specific colour is wanted. 


The costume items created in this course are of a feminine style. All genders are welcome to attend, over the age of 18 years. 


$150.00 per course (including GST)

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