To put on a corset properly is as much of an art as to make a corset properly. - Anna Held at BrainyQuote
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.
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.
On our recent trip to the "Booth Museum" in brighton where I was looking to be inspired by some Victorian images of flora and forna, I was surprised to see some of the original drawings from Alice in wonderland.
I was so taken with the pictures that I began work on some dresses. The first one of which was an ivory satin with vintage lace trims.
Before I had finished the dress, because we are so often asked for boleros and pashminas, I had started to collect pieces together for a matching garment.
I selected a fine weave cotton for the main fabric as it had just the right weight and texture that I wanted, then I started to work the vintage laces in a similar way to the cream and blue ones I made for my bridesmaids because I really like the effect when it is finished and on.
In total there is about 22 meters of rare and limited stock vintage laces worked on to this pashmina. When the laces were attached, there was still 'something' missing, a detail...beads, bows?
Even though I had worked some narrow mint green satin ribbon in with the lace, I didn't feel that there was enough that tied the pashmina to the dress so I bought the wider ribbon that I had used for the corset to see how I could work that in.