Lucy Brown’s latex design courses: a dream for cosplayers and glue gun virgins
Latex design courses are increasingly popular with cosplayers. Create your own latex clothing and learn a skill for life – no sewing required.
Latex design queen Lucy Brown, also known as Laced up Lucy, offers something we’ve not come across before: workshops where you can design and create your own latex clothing. In fact, Lucy’s latex workshops are becoming increasingly popular with cosplayers seeking to make their own comfortable and authentic costume because, as Lucy says, “It’s the ideal fabric to get a second skin look, and the stretch means you can move around freely.” Next stop party city…
The zenith of anime latex couture. As a beginner, you can still achieve more than you dreamed.
Glue gun virgins and non-sewing experts may be somewhat relieved to know that the courses and workshops are suitable for the rank beginner and experienced sewer/crafter alike. Your level of experience need not be a barrier to turning your imagination into a high-sheen reality.
Lucy’s background lay in fashion, styling and couture. She moved on to specialise in corsets, lingerie and leather… but ultimately she was attracted to the gloss, feel and smell of latex. Still a creatrix working on her own designs (“I’m most proud of the inflatable suits, they take effort”), Lucy has opened latex design to the masses with her workshops.
Lucy’s inflatable suits are next-level latex couture.
We were thrilled to catch up with Lucy and find out more about what her latex design workshops involve…
Can someone attend your beginner’s workshop if they’ve never done any sewing before?
No experience is required at all, just some motivation. In the beginner’s workshop we cover all the basics of working with latex and more. We start the day by drawing onto the latex and getting to grips with a rotary cutter. Then we start assembly by cleaning and gluing the latex. Students will learn the different finishes of latex hems and learn to master flat and curved seams.
We have found that people with dressmaking experience pick up working with latex quicker than those without, but everyone is welcome.
Londonsubculture shows off the top she made at one of Lucy’s beginner workshops. Photo used with permission.
Students will go home from the beginner’s course with a skirt and a halterneck top, or a vest and a pair of shorts they can wear. They will have gained the skills to make many more at home.
These frilly latex knickers are utterly adorable.
Example vest top made in the beginner latex workshop
This halterneck latex summer dress is ice-cream cool and super cute. And made at a beginner’s workshop.
The latex beginner workshop is our most popular workshop. It costs £140, and all materials, tools and refreshments are included. It’s a one-day workshop which starts at 10am and runs till around 5 or 6 pm.
And the advanced latex design workshop?
On this course the students will learn to fit zip and press studs. They will learn to put sleeves into a garment and improve their skills.
Example of a top students can make on the advanced course. Fierce.
They will go home with a top or shirt with sleeves which they choose themselves.
And how about the latex summer school?
This is an intensive 3 or 4 day workshop in which students can choose a variety of projects to make. They can also learn to cut their own patterns. It is suitable for all levels of experience, so you can let your imagination run wild!
Do people come to you with bespoke ideas, or do your workshops stick to creating set pieces?
On the half day and 1 day courses we have set items that people can choose between, but this still leaves them with a wide variety of finished creations and colours.
On multiple day workshops, or with private tuition, people can go all-out to the skill level they have acquired. We make the patterns to fit the students – or whoever they would like to make something for.
Workshop examples showing just some of the variety of pattern layout, colour and edging choices available to students.
It’s your life, body, choice. If you want it, go for it.
Is working with latex different to sewing cloth?
Latex is mainly glued so no expensive equipment is needed. You can layout your patterns in any direction as latex stretches equally all round. Just take your time, be accurate and use very little glue.
You can study with friends as a group. You can create custom wear that fits you personally like a second skin.
To book a latex design course or find out more:
Lucy Brown’s School of Latex design courses run throughout the year, Monday-Saturday.
They are all held at the School of Latex Wasp Couture studio in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 1BP. This is 20 minutes by train from London King’s Cross, near Luton Airport and just off the A1.
Lucy’s intro to School of Latex courses: