A nice, productive day in the studio. Had both Holly and intern Cassy here, so we made a lot of progress! It's making me feel hopeful about being properly prepared for this year off from December. All our older samples are getting finished and finding homes nice and swiftly. And I've remembered five more that we … Continue reading Beast mode
Hello all!As most of you will know by now, I am soon going to be taking a year "off" from Sparklewren to make time for other interests.During that time I will be turning out perhaps one couture corset per month (pre-made over the next couple of months and embellished during the year off).So that means that … Continue reading This year is flying by! Almost time for us to empty our studio and embark on new adventures.
Holly and our intern Ffion are today finishing the embellishment on the midnight blue silk overbust. This is an old Birds Wing overbust made years ago that was never properly finished, if you remember... a test piece when I was trying out numerous construction options, trying to figure out the best way of making multi-panel … Continue reading Midnight Blue, almost ready…
I almost titled this post "The Exit Plan", but then thought it might sound more dramatic and final than I really intend it to be. Short version, as I am taking a year "off" once our lease is up at the end of November, October will (practically speaking) be the last month that we have … Continue reading The “downsizing” plan
I was sorting out some pics and just thought to myself how pleased I was with 2015. It was a really nice and good year, both personally and professionally, and I feel that the designs we created (and the shoots we did, especially at the castle) are the best I've done yet. That's a nice feeling, … Continue reading Trying to use time wisely
Hell, a lot can change in one week. But even so, one should learn to plan ahead. You will have seen me tentatively skirting around the idea of changing things up a little... or a lot. And kind of half-sharing my plans, but not going into great detail. Well the only reason I'm not sharing every … Continue reading A lot can change in seven months…
We made our Spring Clean listings live the other day. Loads of lovely fabric and other bits-and-bobs have already been snapped up and will be going out in the post on Thursday or Friday.As ever, it's the stronger colours that have gone first in the fabrics. People really respond to colour! But I adore some … Continue reading Spring Clear-out underway!
Since we're full for interns, I thought I'd try to be useful/helpful by finally writing a blog post about good places to learn how to make corsets! This is not an exhaustive list by any means, it is simply a selection of resources that I can confidently recommend on account of knowing the people involved and … Continue reading Places to learn corsetmaking
Looking at my diary, we are now basically full for interns for the rest of the year. I've got a couple of days in the third week of April, then no more. We may have some space in October, to be more honest, but I find that interns dry up at that time of year! And … Continue reading 2016 interns – we’re full, apologies!
Today has been very stimulating! Lovely company in the form of three interns plus Holly, and so lots of creative business chat and corset geekery discussed. Plus, we've been playing with a lot of lace! We also progressed on pattering and toiles for bespoke clients, plus embellishment for a new design, plus hand-quilting the hip gores for … Continue reading Work Work Work Work Work…