What a week. Great start to November. In addition to selling some old patterns and revealing the book project, this week has also been really good for actual corsetmaking. Many samples finished and posted, others finished and listed for sale, progress on orders, and I used a chunk of extra time over the past two days … Continue reading Silks…
Another Saturday in the studio instead of at the stables. I need to get my hustle on!We've got many sold samples to finish (steel on its way, so we should be on top of that soon), plus other designs still available, and I keep finding things that, with a bit more work, we could get … Continue reading Lots on! Please read/share/explore our posts to support Sparklewren!
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
It's the first day of a new month! Meteorological spring, no less, though the rain and milky sky outside seem very wintry. Meant to rain all day tomorrow too, curses. The new month seems exciting though. Perhaps because I'm using a diary this year, the ticking by of each week and month feels more purposeful. Another … Continue reading March
I need to write this down or I'll forget... Whilst at uni I made some quirky stuffed toys, including a life-size, holographic-fabric, pink unicorn. There's some background. Last night, I dreamed that I made a sort of couture version of those ideas, in the form of a little chestnut dog. It was a soft sculpture of my … Continue reading Couture Beasties
Busy week. As already noted, there has been First Aid training, dressage fun and photography, usual stables activities yesterday, with some couture corsetmaking thrown in-between. We've a bunch of things that need wrapping and posting soon, but just need to finish them first (toiles and such). I need to get in the zone next week, plenty … Continue reading Multi-tasking
The other week a student sent me some interview questions, one of which made me think about the next trend in corsetry. I don't tend to think of trends in a conscious way, whether that be with the intention of creating one or jumping onto something that will more broadly fit into existing/forthcoming fashion trends... But … Continue reading The next thing in corsetry
Some bits and bobs for you. These pictures were all first shared on my Instagram. But I would only recommend following if you don't mind your couture corsetry pictures interspersed with ponies, narrowboats, cats, and my boyfriend!
Today I have mostly been trying to tidy up and prepare for next week! Some Basement Jaxx and Doves has helped. My table is now (closer to) tidy, which is letting me think forward to future designs. We're being really quite selective about the work we do these days. Indeed, we're very lucky that our clients … Continue reading Future designs
...just to have a slight moan about how broken my brain is this afternoon ;-)Tax Return today. Yes, I always end up leaving it to the last minute, but hey ho. It's always fun (depressing) seeing exactly where your cashflow goes, haha! Over 2014-2015 our biggest expenses were rent, then wages... not mine by the way, … Continue reading A short interruption to bridal week…