Sparklewren

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Bridal Week - lingerie

If you're on our mailing list or social media, you should have seen that this is our Bridal Week! We've decided to share some pieces from the archives, since it is all too easy for me to focus only on the ideas right in front of me and forget that we have this whole back catalog of loveliness that you might like to know more about. 

So today is about lingerie. Specifically, corsetry to be worn beneath your gown. I remember a couple of pieces that I made about three years ago which I still love now and would love to share with you. Though I should apologise for only having soft phone snaps, I didn't have a proper camera back then! 

Nicola's Silver Screen lingerie corset.  This piece was made for gorgeous Nicola. She found us in our pop-up boutique but had already bought her wedding dress! It needed altering to fit, however, giving us an opportunity to make a lingerie piece first and then tailor the dress around it. And the dress was gorgeous... Heavily embellished, pure glamour, with a sleek cut and sweeping train. Tailoring it around a nipped waist just completed the look. Indeed, I think a bit of structure is exactly what most contemporary wedding dresses lack.  I must also say, this lace was one of my absolute favourites... The colour was limited edition, so I haven't been able to get it since. A soft muted off-pink in a perfectly feminine and flattering design. How lovely to make this trinket for Nicola. 

Nicola's Silver Screen lingerie corset. 

This piece was made for gorgeous Nicola. She found us in our pop-up boutique but had already bought her wedding dress! It needed altering to fit, however, giving us an opportunity to make a lingerie piece first and then tailor the dress around it. And the dress was gorgeous... Heavily embellished, pure glamour, with a sleek cut and sweeping train. Tailoring it around a nipped waist just completed the look. Indeed, I think a bit of structure is exactly what most contemporary wedding dresses lack. 

I must also say, this lace was one of my absolute favourites... The colour was limited edition, so I haven't been able to get it since. A soft muted off-pink in a perfectly feminine and flattering design. How lovely to make this trinket for Nicola. 

Lou's Sunshine lingerie corset. This piece was made for my good friend Louise, in a similar style. The main difference was colour, as we selected a rare gold-thread sheer crin instead of crisp white. I also made Lou's gown, petticoat and veil, meaning that we could get all the details "just so". It was all in shades of warm champagne and softest off-pink, but you can see the slight hint of vanilla metallic lace in this piece too. 

Lou's Sunshine lingerie corset.

This piece was made for my good friend Louise, in a similar style. The main difference was colour, as we selected a rare gold-thread sheer crin instead of crisp white. I also made Lou's gown, petticoat and veil, meaning that we could get all the details "just so". It was all in shades of warm champagne and softest off-pink, but you can see the slight hint of vanilla metallic lace in this piece too. 

Lou's Sunshine lingerie corset.  Both of these pieces featured moulded cups covered in silk, which is my personal preference for this sort of piece. Often the back of lingerie corsets has to be lower than the corsetmaker would ideally like, from a practical point of view, and I find that "solid" foam cups do a good job of providing support despite this. 

Lou's Sunshine lingerie corset. 

Both of these pieces featured moulded cups covered in silk, which is my personal preference for this sort of piece. Often the back of lingerie corsets has to be lower than the corsetmaker would ideally like, from a practical point of view, and I find that "solid" foam cups do a good job of providing support despite this. 

As ever, the joy of these two bespoke corsets was in their details. With bespoke you take time over creating a beautiful fit and shape, of course, but you also invest time and energy into the embellishment. I think that sometimes people consider the embellishment to be a bit of mindless frou-frou, where couture corsetry is concerned. But I'd actually say the opposite is true, at least for me and how I feel about making my work... When I spend hours and hours carefully stitching lace by hand it's an expression of love. For the work, for the client, for the experience the client is having. If I can pour heartfelt affection into the piece I make then I believe that this translates into a type of preciousness that cannot be faked with money or bling alone. Sparkles don't make an heirloom garment... Genuinely adored and generously shared hand-work does. 

Tomorrow on the blog I will share the story of Louise's Sunshine gown, the piece we created alongside her lingerie corset.