Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The art of Corset Building is strong in fashion.
“We’ve seen in Los Angeles that there is a high demand for fashion corsets to wear for special events as well as for going to the clubs at night,” says Linda Sparks, owner of Farthingales L.A., and author of The Basics of Corset Building. “Women are looking to get away from shapeless, fluid clothes and go into a more form flattering, knock-out design. One corset can be worn for business apparel under a suit jacket, and then become a fashion forward showpiece when the jacket is removed for an evening on the town.”
Linda Sparks even created an alternative option for people wanting an easy to sew corset. “The most comfortable corsets are custom made, which can run several hundred dollars. Endeavoring to build a corset can be intimidating the first time one sits down to cut the numerous pattern pieces. The Rye & Ginger Kit is an “open-and-sew” underbust corset kit for the first-timer who wants to make a quick corset and spend under $100,” explains Sparks. Her Rye & Ginger Kits allow the purchaser to choose a size, choose the theme of the fabric, and everything needed will be in the kit except the grommets and thread. Launched at the Creative Festival in Toronto last fall, this kit has been popular with young sewists, burlesque dancers, costumers and teachers of fashion in Canada.
Rogie Sussman Faber is Director of Internet Operations for VogueFabricsStore.com and a third generation owner of Vogue Fabrics, Inc.