Readers, I'm thrilled to welcome Sew Curvy Corsetry! This very cool company, run by the warm and lovely Julia Bremble, is a treasure trove of special supplies for corset, corselet, and bustier construction. According to Julia:
Sew Curvy Corsetry is a UK based online shop selling complete corset kits for beginners and a full range of corsetry components for the more experienced including steel boning, busks, specialist fabrics, silks, ribbons, fastenings, patterns and haberdashery. The range is constantly expanding and will soon include bra making supplies. In addition to all the usual supplies, a Custom Corset Pattern Service is offered whereby customers send their measurements which are then translated into a personal corset pattern and supplied with instructions on how to use and fit the pattern.
I am the lucky owner of one of Sew Curvy's Underbust Corset kits, which has every single thing you need to make a "waspie" (very 50s!): a Laughing Moon pattern, pretty floral coutil fabric, metal boning, lacing cord, twill tape, metal eyelets, and a straight busk (closure) in the appropriate size. Added bonus: the kits are beautifully packaged.
Here's the exquisite bellflower coutil that Julia includes in her kits.
But my favorite thing about this company is Julia's passion for her subject. She writes House of Marmalade, a wonderful blog with tons of tips. I will let her thoughts on the craft speak for themselves:
Why make a corset? Simply - they are beautiful. As well as the opportunity to get deeply creative while making a beautiful bespoke item, the practical uses of a corset are many and varied. A well fitted corset is extremely comfortable and supportive - apart from giving super sexy uber curves by default, it's a bit like having an extra skeleton on the outside.
Now for the COUPON! Sew Curvy Corsetry is offering my readers 10% off all purchases until the end of June! Just use the code "sewGertie."