Sparklewren

aesthetic art corsetry

Classic Black

Today, Holly and I finished up three classic black corsets. Two bespoke broche pieces and one embellished, customised, Little Bird. The Little Bird is a relative of the Phoenix, with 12 panels per side, a shorter line to the hip, and a higher line to the centre-front. The Phoenix and Goldcrest, they're both trial designs which I have been tweaking and refining over the past year, in collaboration with many lovely clients who jumped on the opportunities with passion and excitement! It is, as ever, lovely to know that there are corsetry clients out there who care about innovative and creative corsetry, and who love to accompany me (and others) on these journeys and experiments.

This bespoke piece in black spot broche is for a lady with quite a long torso, hence it looking like a midbust on the mannequin. That is indeed one of the challenges of international/distance bespoke orders, you are always wishing you could be there for in-person fittings.

This bespoke piece in black spot broche is for a lady with quite a long torso, hence it looking like a midbust on the mannequin. That is indeed one of the challenges of international/distance bespoke orders, you are always wishing you could be there for in-person fittings.

And a cleaner shot, for those of you who like that sort of thing. I wonder if the reason I like grainy, blurry, indistinct shots is that I see my work everyday? I know that the quality is high, so I sometimes forget that I need to actually show that to the rest of you.

And a cleaner shot, for those of you who like that sort of thing. I wonder if the reason I like grainy, blurry, indistinct shots is that I see my work everyday? I know that the quality is high, so I sometimes forget that I need to actually show that to the rest of you.

By way of illustration re: the longing for fittings, this sweet little broche piece is pretty dramatically shaped. Being cut for a shorter torso and so shaped I found it nigh on impossible to get it sitting well on the mannequin. Oh, to have mannequins in every shape and size! What I need perhaps is a compressible mannequin that actually truly compresses well. Or two. Or ten. Hmm...

By way of illustration re: the longing for fittings, this sweet little broche piece is pretty dramatically shaped. Being cut for a shorter torso and so shaped I found it nigh on impossible to get it sitting well on the mannequin. Oh, to have mannequins in every shape and size! What I need perhaps is a compressible mannequin that actually truly compresses well. Or two. Or ten. Hmm...

We did a quick fitting with this corset prior to applying the exterior casings, etc., and (excepting the small amount of "collapse" through the waist due to a lack of steels) you can see how this piece will give a dramatic cinch and is cut high on the hip to suit the client.

We did a quick fitting with this corset prior to applying the exterior casings, etc., and (excepting the small amount of "collapse" through the waist due to a lack of steels) you can see how this piece will give a dramatic cinch and is cut high on the hip to suit the client.

Finally, the Little Bird corset. This piece is in black sateen coutil which is truly beautiful though a tiny touch bulky for this particular corset construction. It stitches beautifully, handles beautifully, and looks stunning, but compared to the super-fine herringbone coutil (for example) it's that little bit trickier with these particular seams. One day I will tell you all how I do the Birds Wing seams, and then you will understand what I mean!

Finally, the Little Bird corset. This piece is in black sateen coutil which is truly beautiful though a tiny touch bulky for this particular corset construction. It stitches beautifully, handles beautifully, and looks stunning, but compared to the super-fine herringbone coutil (for example) it's that little bit trickier with these particular seams. One day I will tell you all how I do the Birds Wing seams, and then you will understand what I mean!

I did some asymmetric lace for this client, in a couture metallic bronze. I hope she loves it! Often, my asymmetric lace ends up flowing across the ribs of one side to the hips of the other. Or as a splash down the length of one side. So for this piece, I took a slightly different approach.

I did some asymmetric lace for this client, in a couture metallic bronze. I hope she loves it! Often, my asymmetric lace ends up flowing across the ribs of one side to the hips of the other. Or as a splash down the length of one side. So for this piece, I took a slightly different approach.

There we are. Three classic black corsets, each with a different flavour.