Another corset/horse structure comparison

I was sat in Costa scribbling some notes pre-gym, and I hit upon another tenuous parallel between the world of a corset and the world of a horse. Wait for it, it's good and tenuous and fun to think through. I don't ride very often but because I'm currently a larger rider (or perhaps because it's … Continue reading Another corset/horse structure comparison

If you like quirky Sparklewren corset patterns…

So you lot are bonkers! We've sold something like a dozen old Birds Wing inspired patterns today, variations that I have played with over the past few years. And you know, it almost didn't happen. I'd re-homed a couple with corsetmaking friends but kept forgetting about the others... until this morning Holly said I should see … Continue reading If you like quirky Sparklewren corset patterns…

2012 versus 2016 – corset construction

I mentioned a 2012 corset months ago on facebook (the delicious Cranberry Butterfly made for Lucy), saying that it might be fun to share a little bit about how my corsetry techniques have changed over the years. So here we go!  Cranberry Butterfly was made in a strong way. Perhaps "stronger" than she needed to … Continue reading 2012 versus 2016 – corset construction

Midnight Blue, almost ready…

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…

Juki industrial sewing machine for sale

So there are a couple of equine science modules that I would like to study (hooray for distance learning!) and if we found a new home for my unused Juki DU-1181N industrial (selling for £700, based in Birmingham UK) I could just about afford it... Please share with anyone who may be interested! This machine is … Continue reading Juki industrial sewing machine for sale

Corsets and Saddles

I was thinking about the parallels between these two items.  Saddles are soft-sculpture, in the sense that you take mouldable elements (leather and stuffing) and create structure based around cutting and firm elements (wood and steel).  Corsets likewise, though softer still.  Saddles are firm but often have flex built in, as with spring trees. They … Continue reading Corsets and Saddles

A week in the life…

What a topsy turvy week it's been. Last Saturday I was volunteering at a stables just south of the city, as I do every weekend (sadly not yesterday though, due to the rest of the week going slightly bonkers). That was a joy, as ever. Sunday was resting and home stuffs, then Monday was my … Continue reading A week in the life…

Uber-toiles…

It began with the Birds Wing. The Birds Wing was an antique-inspired design that helped give rise to the recent trend for multi-panel corsetry. It was luscious and challenging in equal measure, teaching me about corsetmaking in ever greater detail. Why the past tense? Because I have now retired our version of the Birds Wing, having … Continue reading Uber-toiles…

Exploit me, please!

We make all sorts of corsetry here, but my specialism really is in innovative ideas and ornate embellishment. That's what I'm best at and what I love most. So when clients give me the chance to appliqué lace, create texture, or work with pearls (my goodness, the dull click they make when your fingers push … Continue reading Exploit me, please!