We make bespoke designer bridal wear and couture boned bodices for your wedding day, as well as unique wedding dresses and one-off historical bridal wear to complement the bride or groom. We are couture wedding dresses and period bridal gown designers. Our experienced wedding designer and bridal wear couturier, Jema Davies of Bridal Originals at Kindred Spirits, is an expert in corsetry and complementing period costume and bridal originals stunning made to measure coloured wedding outfits to bring you the original bridal gown of your dreams. Bridal Originals from Kindred Spirits offer bespoke historical bridal wear and unique made to measure period designer wedding dresses. Bridal Originals specialize in wedding corsetry and bridal wear for those historical coloured wedding outfits and bridal gowns. Period bridal gown designers for couture wedding dresses and couture boned bodices. Experts in historical bridal wear from medieval wedding dresses to bespoke Victorian corsetry, from Renaissance coloured wedding outfits to the bridal gowns of the roaring twenties and period costume bridal wear that's totally unique and specifically made to measure.- Bridal Originals, Accessories & Period Costume Workshops

These workshops will all be taught by Jema personally, giving all participants a unique opportunity to develop their creative skills as well as gaining an insight into the world of a professional designer.

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All workshops are taught from the Nottingham Studio and run from 10am till 5pm with an hour for lunch unless otherwise stated.

These courses all presuppose a reasonable level of manual dexterity and previous craft experience though not necessarily in the course subject. Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss whether or not a particular course is suitable for your skills!

Each day workshop needs a minimum of 3 participants to run with a maximum of 6. Each weekend workshop has a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4.

As a rough guide...

* No previous experience needed
** Some basic sewing machine experience useful
*** Good machine skills essential

- Workshops for 2011-2012

  • NEW! : Fan Lacing Corset ***

    We will be runing this course twice (2 days each). One in Novemebr, and one in February (see below).

    Saturday 17th November 2012
    Sunday 18th November 2012
    Saturday 23rd February 2013
    Sunday 24th February 2013

    A fancy underbust, hip bucket corset workshop, just like my green laced one seen at the asylum, suitable for beginners too! Choose from a variety of coloured corset satins and ribbons and make one to fit you perfectly. and learn the fancy self lacing technique. You just need to be able to use a sewing machine competently for this course, no previous corsetry experience required, though intermediates also welcome. All materials provided.

All materials, bones and busks are included.


for Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th November 2012
for Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th February 2013

  • Tophats and Tricorns

Saturday 8th December 2012

Learn all the traditional millinery skills you need to make a gorgeous fabric covered fascinator, top hat or tricorn. We will create everything from scratch, using buckram, mull, glue, wire and elastic! We’ll also be covering how to make your own designs and patterns. Feel free to bring your own fabric (not stretch) or rummage through my extensive collection of fabulous silks and velvets for inspiration!



  • Steampunk Jewellery Experimentation Day *

Sunday 9th December 2012

Have a go at a vast assortment of techniques and play with a wide variety of materials to create wonderful components and pieces for your steampunk jewellery, with metal, resin, polymer clay, shrink plastic and more. You don't need to bring anything, but feel free to bring your "stash" of beads and watchparts to incorporate into your designs as you learn new things. All equipment and basic materials supplied.

Basic materials of wire and the "new materials" provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own pieces of interest etc.



Please feel free to contact us for further information. Alternativly, you can:

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t: 0773 0945520

Our recent Elizabethan Corsetry, Patten Cutting, previous 1920's Costume Workshops (over the last 5yrs) and our other Victorian Corset Weekends were a great sucess and we hope to be repeating Couture Trims, Hats & Headresses, Silk Cami-Knickers, Beaded Tassles, Masquerade Wear, Fabric Printing & Painting, our full "Corsetry Weekends", Evening Bags and Pattern Making in the near future.

Jema Hewitt is available, on request, for lectures, private groups, workshops for schools and colleges, and consultation.

If you would like us to keep you up to date on upcoming workshops, please drop us an email, let us know, and we'll drop you a line when we update.

Jema Hewitt
Our Lead Designer Jema Hewitt


I really enjoyed the workshop. The lecture and instructions were aimed at eveyone and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the beading" - Kirsten Holmes, Course Leader in Arts and Heritage Management, Sheffield University


" My corset is amazingly comfortable!"
- Katie Fford, author.


"You guidence and teaching have given me so much confidence, that I've decided to do it for a living" - Chris Mathems.


"A bargain. I learnt something new, had a great time, and have a fab bonnet for next years Regency Ball." - Jill Brent.

" We all really enjoyed the fascinator day you did, and I proudly sport mine whenever I can!!" - Sam Lovell, course leader Stafford College.

" I have finished off my corset and am inspired to make more, thank you for your wonderful and patient instruction."
- Michelle Capes.

"I got a hat and a headband and I'm not scared of sewing machines anymore! I think that's pretty good!" - Dr. Lynne Hardy.


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