This entry is a summary of the review video “Sparklewren Couture Overbust Corset Review” which you can watch on YouTube here:
|Fit, length||Front is about 10.5″ inches long, unique silhouette in which the ribcage follows the natural contours but nips in dramatically at the waist for a wasp-like effect. Hips likewise follow the body’s natural contours; very comfortable. Longline corset. Will hold in lower tummy pooch, recommended for extreme hourglass ladies. Exaggerated plunge neckline; I recommend using double-sided/ toupee tape if your breasts tend to migrate.|
|Material||Fashion layer is 100% silk charmeuse; interlining is 100% cotton coutil, lining is cotton.|
|Construction||6 panel pattern. Top-stitching between panels, sandwiched bones, and a floating liner (very comfortable). No garter tabs.|
|Binding||Matching silk charmeuse bias tape, hand-finished.|
|Waist tape||1″ wide invisible waist tape between the interlining and lining.|
|Modesty panel||Floating 4″ wide stiffened lacing protector on the back; placket by knob-side of busk.|
|Busk||Heavy-duty wide busk (1″ wide on each side) about 10″ long (5 pins), with several bones on each side.|
|Boning||Continuously boned. 64 steel bones not including busk. I’m guessing 58 spirals (ranging from 5mm to 7mm wide) and 6 flats (6mm to 8mm wide) – two on either side of the busk and four sandwiching the grommets at the back.|
|Grommets||32 grommets total, size 5mm two-part Prym eyelets with moderate flange; set closer together at the waistline; no splits, no wear/fraying/pulling out of grommets|
|Laces||Strong cotton braided shoe-lace style laces; they’re thin, they grip well and they are long enough. Very easy to lace up. Zero spring.|
|Price||Sparklewren has every client sign a confidentiality agreement; please contact Jenni if you would like to commission a similar piece.|
This is my second corset purchased from Sparklewren, and my first true experience ordering bespoke from a professional corsetiere. This overbust was commissioned back in January/February of 2012, and completed in May. I was given the option of different colors of silk charmeuse, different types of antique lace and layout of said lace, different flossing motifs, etc. It was an incredibly exciting process and it fits like a dream, too. Jenni is a true artist in her field.
See more of Sparklewren’s creations at her website, here.