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Sparklewren

Buying handmade is awesome. As an independent, one-woman business, I not only create a handmade product but I try to support other indie handmade designers as well.  Sometimes, when trying to order from other designers, I even find myself falling into the same pitfalls that can cause me frustration when coming from my own clients! Today I’m going to talk about the process of communicating with a designer who creates […]

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While it goes without saying that many of us are gift shopping for our friends, family, and general loved ones, it’s also a fun time of year to get yourself a little treat. As you accumulate corset-y dreams to take with you into the new year, here’s a list of ten specialty corsetieres whom I think exemplify a particular niche. Some of these talented designers (all of them crafting a […]

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Disclosure: This blog post contains an affiliate link. In online corset communities, there’s a lot of talk about “real” corsets. The current latex shaper craze has definitely exacerbated this. (Spoiler: Those aren’t corsets.) But what is a “real”/”authentic”/”true” corset anyway? I find this sort of denomination to be muddying rather than clarifying, personally. Partially because, while I may not like them, even bad corsets are still corsets. There are also some […]

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Uneven corset laces are a problem many corset wearers encounter. Though it’s not a huge issue, it can be a minor annoyance, making laces harder to tuck in and generally creating a messier appearance. Often, the laces will end up uneven because the wearer tends to pull on one side more firmly during the lacing and/or unlacing process. Or, the corset may simply have been laced up unevenly by the […]

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As covered last week, corsets are (justifiably) expensive.  A friend of mine joked that I could’ve summed that whole article up as “corsets are hard” — touché, James. Still, corsets come in a huge range of price points. What’s “reasonable”? What should you expect when spending that much money on a garment? How much should you even think about spending in the first place? Well, the answer depends entirely on the […]

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