Soot and Cracks, part two

Karolina said I could share a couple of our embellished pictures! So here are my two (current) favourites from yesterday. Both of these feature gorgeous Yazzmin Newell in Karolina's latest designs, including the Celestial Bodies collection. Photographs and embellishment by me in this instance.    I could imagine a lovely little art book of these sorts … Continue reading Soot and Cracks, part two

The next thing in corsetry

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

Designing the “Where Angels” collection

If you are on our mailing list you will have already seen small versions of these sketches and more. So I thought I would write a little bit about the ideas behind them.  And what of the other designs we considered? Well you should have been on the mailing list to see them 😉 But … Continue reading Designing the “Where Angels” collection

Styling the Pyrite corset – saddlery and couture

What's better than photographing a gorgeous new corset with a lovely team of talented people in a beautiful castle...? Doing so in a castle full of equestrian stuff! Despite Glo and I saying for many years that we should collaborate on a horse-based shoot (couture corsetry, vintage jodhpurs, and tall black boots anyone?)  we haven't managed … Continue reading Styling the Pyrite corset – saddlery and couture

Poppies and Pearls – a bespoke bridal gown

As promised in a recent mail-out, I would like to share with you one of our 2015 bridal commissions. The "Poppies and Pearls" corset gown was an absolute dream to work on. Primarily because my client herself, Amanda, was a delight to work with. Indeed, we are very fortunate to work with many lovely people! Whether … Continue reading Poppies and Pearls – a bespoke bridal gown


You may have already seen some teasers of this online... Many of our clients and followers love to wear their corsetry as luxurious lingerie, so this year we are taking part in the #lingerielovebomb with a few wonderful designers that I think you will adore! The idea is to support small, independent brands, which I … Continue reading #lingerielovebomb!

What a treat – French couture lace for Christmas

Incredibly and merrily, I recently won a Facebook "share to win" competition by the French Lace - Online Store page! We received the parcel at our studio today, my goodness what a treat... I don't think I've ever won a competition before so that's pretty amazing in its own right anyhow, and they sent such beautiful … Continue reading What a treat – French couture lace for Christmas

Bare Branches

If you follow my Instagram, facebook page, or Sparklewren's Diary, then you will have seen the completed Twig corset. Made for client/model Twig, this is a bespoke corset. Bespoke simply meaning that every element of the corset is created around the client, being a collision of their needs and the Sparklewren aesthetic. The patterning of … Continue reading Bare Branches