It's been such a long time...

Saturday, 25 January 2020

But I'm starting 2020 in the good old fashioned way and bringing back some of our inspiration resources!
This is a combination that I can see becoming a stunning outfit with phenomenal amounts of Victorian black lace, beading and a full length hooded cape to create a truly historical, fantasy feel. The trouble is that I have so many ideas, it's impossible to put them all in to one gown, I may have to make a few! 

I love the way life weaves it's own path.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

It seems so easy to lose track of some of the little things in life that we really treasure.  Completing another decade and starting a brand new fresh one has left me feeling all sorts of mixed emotions but also, somehow invigorated, recharged and empowered.  I am so ready for this, let's get this decade started!!

Front lacing corsets

Sunday, 28 April 2013

The front lacing corset is becoming more and more popular and with good reason, as everyday wear goes, it has always been our favourite corset.  they are so comfortable and easy to wear, under clothes, over clothes, dress them up, dress them down, wear them to work, even sleep in them if you are a hard core waist trainer.  I personally wore one all day, every day for years.  I hated not wearing one, I felt untidy and 'slouchy', they make you stand taller, hold your head higher and in my case stopped me from repeating the bad posture habits I had gotten used to in the studio which cleared my back pain.  The only reason I stopped and don't wear one at the moment is because I'm going through a baby phase (corsets and pregnancy/early motherhood do not go together at all!)
I often get asked about the after effects of long term corset wearing.  Historically speaking corsets were worn from a much younger age than we would ever recommend (we don't recommend regular wear of a steel boned corset under the age of 16!) and were designed for a much more intense and progressive waist reduction.  Though later on, particularly towards the end of the Victorian era, diary extracts from young women reveal more than just a few secretly slipped the stays out of their corsets to make them more comfortable especially in summer!

Some people worry that wearing a corset everyday could lead to muscle wasting or inefficiency if you do want to stop.  It crossed my mind that my back pain could return if I stopped wearing a corset everyday but the last time I wore a corset was my wedding day nearly two years ago and the pain I used to get has not returned, I think wearing the corset for that long made me develop new habits that have stuck rather than returning to my bad old ways of twisting between machines as I worked.   Even without the back pain I am still very keen to get back in to a corset and the front lacing will be my first choice.
Here are a few examples of front lacing corsets we have recently had for sale, click on each image for more information.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

We are running a little sale on selected corsets, now that the party season is over, we thought we would cheer you up with some of our every day wear corsets!

We're back!!!

Friday, 23 November 2012

I'm sure that most of you have noticed that we have been running a very limited service recently, a lot of you already know that we have had some complications 

making one of these...                        ... and turning it in to one of these...

 Violet is learning the ropes and is keen to get involved with the family business so we are now getting back to 'normal' with our new addition to the team.  As with all new trainee's it will take a while for her to get to grips with everything so we hope you can bear with her while she takes some time finding her feet.

Not just a pretty dress...

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Planning a wedding?

This can be one of the most fun and enjoyable experiences of your life, there are so many aspects to be considered and co-ordinated but most importantly, the  overall look of the whole ensemble together....

Tying all of the aspects together can be tricky especially when two individuals are planning the biggest day of their lives together.  Matching favourite colours, ideas and themes can put a lot of stress and strain on a relationship.

Bridegrooms, whilst claiming to be simplistic in their approach to weddings often fall short when even finding the basics can be a struggle because so much is geared towards women.  Men can end up having very few options particularly if they want to include something of their own personality in the day beyond just having funky buttons on their waistcoat.

The main focus for the bride is, of course, the dress itself but the look of an outfit can be changed dramatically by the accessories that are chosen to accompany the gown, making it easier to tie the dress that you love in to a  theme that may not have been fully decided upon yet.

The all important garter, a slightly fuller skirt, a covering for the shoulders if it turns chilly (there is just nothing like a blurry bride shivering in all of her wedding photos).  Delicate or dramatic arm cuffs can be a god send not only for adding some intrigue to a classic, simple, elegant dress but also making a nifty place to stash vital notes undetected to keep nerves at bay for those who are worried about forgetting the running order, who to thank or for those brave enough to embark on the challenge of a speech.

Etsy is a fabulous and safe place to shop online for unique, handmade accessories to accompany a wedding ensemble full of individuality and personality.

Another collection of gorgeous wedding items from Etsy that also includes guest books, stationary and decoration.

Immersing yourself in a world wide hub of creativity is by far the best way of finding new ideas and generating inspiration to create the perfect wedding ensemble and the perfect day, if I know Etsy, you will probably make some good friends along the way too!

more inspiration

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

brass taffeta victorian lace steampunk detailbrass 2brassembroycream and blackemboidered violet

more inspiration, a set on Flickr.

Here is just a quick handful of inspiration images...

all things steampunk

Monday, 14 November 2011

Steampunk Desktopsteampunk mood boardsteampunk ringSteampunk Socialite Necklace by Pattie Wilkinsonsteampunk trikeThe Three Muses 53: Time
Steampunk collageDr Beulenpest Steampunk DoctorSteamPunk PendantSteampunk GuitarSTEAMPUNK CLOCKSSteampunk Pendant
Steampunk Bible Steampunk Time Machine AssemblageSteampunk #3Steampunk CleopatraSteampunk Finger StylusSteampunk Jewellery

all things steampunk, a gallery on Flickr.

A set of inspiring steam punk images from flickr....

shabby chic Christmas

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Gift Bag, Extremely Primitve, Shabby Chic, Red Ticking, Pearls, Christmas, Embrodiery, Birthday, Vintage Photo, Red and WhiteShabby Chic Snowman Box PinkShabby Chic ChristmasI am dreaming of a Shabby Chic Christmas..........Shabby Chic Vintage Inspired Pink Christmas CottageShabby Chic Christmas
Shabby Chic Vintage StockingShabby chic star ornamentShabby Chic Aqua Star OrnamentShabby Chic ChristmasBaby Blue Shabby Chic Christmas StockingShabby & Chic Mr. & Mrs. Gingerbread
Shabby Chic Chandelier AFTERpink christmas wreath2010 shabby crown 2shabby christmas card шебби открытка к новому годуGingerbread Mama Primitive Dollchristmas trees

shabby chic Christmas, a gallery on Flickr.