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As of September 2016 (our seven year anniversary) we are no longer accepting bespoke orders. For those curious, I'm taking 2017 (and possibly 2018) "off" from bespoke to explore some interests which have had to take a back seat whilst pursuing corsetry these past nine years. I'll still be embellishing and selling one couture corset per month … Continue reading PINNED POST – main blog topics

The opposite of “flow”

That's me today. Supplies to finish orders have been delayed by possibly three weeks, so work is somewhat stunted. But then I woke up this morning and thought, "I'll play, then!" Dug out a couple of the Butterfly corsets (note, they're not sold out, they're just not ready yet so I've deactivated the listings: http://www.sparklewren.co.uk/butterflies-2017-couture-corsets) and the … Continue reading The opposite of “flow”

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

How to get a hold of some Sparklewren…

I'm trying to keep things simple. So here goes...  WAYS TO OWN SPARKLEWREN COUTURE CORSETRY...Commission a bespoke piece (we will be closed for orders from September onwards, for at least a year). Purchase an inexpensive sample design. Wait for our "year off" trinkets... During our year off we hope to delicately embellish one pre-made couture corset per … Continue reading How to get a hold of some Sparklewren…

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

When you’re sick but you’re well enough to complain about it…

The weekend was beautiful. Glorious weather, ponies on Saturday and a photoshoot on Sunday. I was tired, but otherwise merry. Then Sunday evening... struck down with food poisoning. Yucky. Very very unwell.  Am improving now (clearly, otherwise I wouldn't be taking the time to whinge about it), though still nauseous and my temperature is all … Continue reading When you’re sick but you’re well enough to complain about it…

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

Future designs

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

Why I love satin corsetry…

If you've been following our work for a few years now you might be aware that I'm somewhat in love with late-Victorian bridal corsetry. Those delicious silk satin pieces full of baleen, that always seem to be in impossibly delicate off-white, cream, pistachio, or coffee shades. Generally, those antique corsets seem to have been made … Continue reading Why I love satin corsetry…