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East Kilbride corset maker hopes to take on her first apprentice

Posted by | 18th January 2016 | Apprenticeship News, Uncategorized


For 20 years Emma Nugent has been helping women achieve their perfect silhouette and now she wants to pass on her unique skills.

One of only a few corset makers in Scotland, Emma is looking to take on her first apprentice.

The mum-of-two, from Carmunnock, set up Victorian Values making corsets and wedding dresses after a fruitless search to find the perfect underwear for her own wedding day.

A love of period drama coupled with the sewing skills passed on to her by her mother helped Emma construct a corset for under the gown she’d made for herself.

Corset orders started to grow through word of mouth and Emma launched Victorian Values.

Since then Emma has created corsets, evening wear and wedding dresses for hundreds of clients living throughout the UK.

Said Emma: “For the past five years raising my young children has been my focus, although I’ve taken on select commissions and continued to work with stylists on period drama inspired fashion shoots.

“Now I’m ready to push the business again but years of sewing and carrying toddlers has left me with a repetitive strain type shoulder injury.

“Painkillers can mask the issue but I know my days of endless sewing are over.

“But, I Iove what I do and I have 20 years of experience so by taking on my first apprentice in the New Year and hopefully a second later in 2016, I can pass on my knowledge to someone who already has an understanding of sewing techniques – whether they’re in their 50s, have been made redundant or simply want a change of career.

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