Cadbury Purple and antiqued ivory steel boned corset gown

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

The antiqued, distressed idea is something that I have found has really captivated my imagination but I wanted to broaden my approach to the way that I use it. The majority of the original corsets from the victorian era have faded over time which is what gives them such an ethereal beauty but originally, a lot of these garments would have be much brighter and more vibrant. One of the corsets in the 'symington collection' at Leicester museum was originally a bright scarlet red, this made me think about working the antiqued, distressed feel in with brighter colours. This Cadbury purple duchess satin struck me the minute I saw it, it's lavish qualities are just breath taking and coupling it with antiqued ivory guipure lace trim adds a warmth and depth that lifted the whole gown in a way that no other colour combination could quite achieve.





Historically inspired corset

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

This corset was first inspired by the work and research that went on during my project with Lili-kad photography. Several original victorian corsets came up during the initial stages and a number of ideas were jotted down in my design diary for future reference. One of the concepts that I liked the most was a removable flower corsage and I just love the way that really old corsets look so beautiful, even aged and worn, they have a beauty that new corsets struggle to replicate.

Some of the techniques that I have been working with recently sent my mind back to those quickly scribbled notes.

I spent a few days preparing the main fabric before finally deciding on the trim, I had two that jumped right out at me and begged to be made but this was the closest to my first vision and I can work with the other trim soon.

The corset is fully steel boned through out and the two part eyelets are set in to re enforced double boned channels for support when tight lacing.











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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

This has to be one of my favourite wedding corsets from 2010. The customer came to me with a concept in her head of the look she wanted to achieve with her wedding gown. and Having found a gorgeous, handmade, tuile skirt in just the right colour from Allie J Designs, she needed to complete the look with just the right corset. Her ideas were beyond gorgeous and there was no way to buy such a garment without having it custom made so armed with a sketch and exact specifications, we set to work creating the vision in her mind. We had a few emails discussing various elements. The keywords for the overall look of the garment were 'ethereal', distressed and 'elegant' using natural/coarse linens.

A few months earlier, I had experimented with a range of fabrics in my design diary, which were originally intended as a base for an embroidery project. Although these initial investigations created some beautiful results, they were incomplete and none were quite elegant enough. So I set to work a fresh. The beautiful thing about the skirt was how the colours, fabrics and effects blended so perfectly, so I really needed to make sure the corset melded/harmonised seamlessly into/with it. Destroying fabric is easy, distressing it elegantly is a little trickier!

Design diary entry


Having a huge collection of vintage and rare trims available in the studio is such a blessing for any project, but particularly for ones like these. It gives me a lot of scope to play around with their placings and to find the most perfect match. It can be down to the smallest element to make the look a success, each piece has to be correctly positioned to get the best effect.

My next concern was the blending with the skirt. It helped that I was sent extra tuile to colour match exactly and to use in the corset to tie the look together.
The idea from the start was to have strips of fabric hanging off the corset over the skirt making it look like one complete gown. Too many strips may have detracted from the overall elegance and from the skirt itself which was so gorgeous in it own right, not enough and the effect wouldn't work properly. As I didn’t have the skirt to work with, I had to use a couple of tricks to gauge if I had it just right. There was a lot of standing and staring, adding a bit, stepping back, moving it over, stepping back, taking it off again, stepping back etc... The pieces had to be just right. A few thin ribbons looked balanced: too many made it lose its beauty, too wide made it look bulky.


At this point it was easier to see the effects by working on the mannequin, I chose an ivory taffeta under-skirt (black had too much contrast and couldn't show the effect that I wanted to see, whilst white was the opposite), the completely different texture of the taffeta along with its sheen was a perfect contrast to the matt fabrics allowing me to see how the effects were working without compromising the look.




The final detail was the top trim. This element can completely change the look of a garment and is one of the things that needs to be picked quite carefully. After looking at many different options we both decided on the guipure lace. It complemented all the other features and with the addition of some pearl-beaded gymp trim it was perfect.
A few months earlier, I had experimented with a range of fabrics in my design diary, which were originally intended as a base for an embroidery project. Although these initial investigations created some beautiful results, they were incomplete and none were quite elegant enough. So I set to work a fresh. The beautiful thing about the skirt was how the colours, fabrics and effects blended so perfectly, so I really needed to make sure the corset melded/harmonised seamlessly into/with it. Destroying fabric is easy, distressing it elegantly is a little trickier!

New ready to wear wedding dresses

Saturday, 24 July 2010

My updates have been a little sparse for the past few weeks, I still have a huge number of custom orders with booking going well in to 2012 so I have had to do so re arranging of my time management skills which is no easy task for me, being the artistic type I can get far to over excited about pretty things! But I am managing to restore some order in my life as I can prove with new updates AND new stock!

These are the first two of the new ready to wear wedding dresses for those you who simply want to buy it,wear it, love it!












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corset size guide and measurement chart

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Sizing can be a little tricky especially if you are trying to decide whether you want a ready made corset, made to measure or fully custom. Here I am including a size chart with UK, USA and European dress sizes and corset sizes along with two diagrams to help you take your measurements. There are no official, set industry standard measurement charts so they all have to be taken as a guide and most clothing manufacturers will have their own ideas on their size charts but I have taken the most commonly used measurements for this chart.


The next two diagrams are designed to help show you where to take your measurements and to show a little more about what they mean in relation to your corset. Measuring the length of your body at precise points ensures the most accurate and comfortable fit.

corset measurement diagram
Measuring around your body, holding the tape measure firmly but not too tight, it shouldn't interrupt the line of the skin or the corset may pinch. Make sure that the tape measure is even and level right the way around your body to ensure the most accurate measurement.

A - Chest - Where the top line of the corset will sit.
B - Bust - The widest part of your natural bust.
C - Underbust - Where your bra strap would sit.
D - The narrowest part of your waist, usually about 2 inches above your belly button.
E - High hip - To accurately gauge the curve from the waist to the bottom line of the corset.
F - Full hip - The widest part of you hip where the lowest points of the corset will sit.

Measuring down the side of your body, take care to be as accurate as you can, take the measurement from the same level as you took the horizontal measurements.

1 - Chest to bust.
2 - Bust to underbust.
3 - Underbust to waist.
4 - Waist to high hip.
5 - High hip to full hip.

measurement guide diagram

Of course, do feel free to contact me with any questions or leave a comment here, the more the better, it's so worth it to make sure that we get everything perfect!

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The studio diary

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Most of you know how busy the studio is right now, for those of you who are trying to plan time lines for your weddings and big events, I've decided it would be helpful if you could see how the studio diary is looking because I am getting booked up very quickly. Please don't panic if your ideal dates are booked, we still have some room for disappointment limitation but particularly if you were planning an outfit for before the end of October this year or next summer, please let me know as soon as possible, even just a brief outline, nothing has to be set in stone right now.

I am posting it here but it will also be up permanently in the 'articles and info' section, you can click on the image below to go to the main page!

Promised pictures...

I just had THE most amazing design idea, utterly gorgeous, I really want one!! Only had time to do a quick sketch in my design diary but it's there for future reference, very 'titanic' in a way, I can't wait to give it a go!!

In the mean time, here are the pictures of the burgundy and black dress that I promised yesterday:

This is the front view of the burgundy bustle skirt and corsetLink

oblique front view of the bustle skirt and corset

left side oblique view

left side off set back view

left side view of bustle skirt and corset

off set front view of corset and bustle skirt

right side view of corset and bustle skirt

right side off set view with a bit of lacing detail

the back view of the bustle skirt and corset

This outfit is going up for sale in the shop tomorrow, you will be able to view the product page in the 'ready to ship' and the 'classic wedding dresses' sections.

I will put much more information up on the product page, I am just putting the basics up here for now but do feel free to email me if you have any questions!
The corset measures:
Bust - 36"
Waist - 26"
Hip - 36"

The skirt is adjustable, the bustling can be un hooked and the length can be let down to change the look of the outfit, so you get more value for your money!

For the moment, it's back to work for me :)


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