Following my trip to Thailand in 2015 to design the hourglass silhouette corsets with Timeless Trends, I spent three weeks in Texas. One of those weeks was in Austin, creating some informational videos for Timeless Trends, and the other two weeks were spent in Dallas where I stayed with Amber of Lovely Rats Corsetry. Together we compared corset styles, patterns and construction techniques, we made a corset together using a custom pattern from the late Christine Wickham of Ariadne’s Thread, and she introduced me to Steven Universe (a show that changed my life).
In this interview, you’ll find Amber’s answers to the following. Feel free to skip ahead in the video to hear the answers that interest you most!
0:30 How did you first become interested in making corsets?
0:50 What was your first corset like and how far have you come since then?
1:15 How did you come up with the name Lovely Rats, and how does this relate to corsetry?
1:50 What has your favorite project been so far?
2:10 Who would you like to dress in the future, or what would you consider a dream project?
2:25 Tell us more about your personal aesthetic and how you’ve branded yourself.
3:01 What other brands or designers do you look up to?
3:35 What is your favorite step in the corset construction process?
4:15 What is your least favorite part about making corsets?
4:30 What are your dreams and aspirations for Lovely Rats?
4:55 What do you do when you’re not making corsets?
5:25 If you weren’t making corsets, what do you think you’d be doing?
5:45 If you had any advice for people who follow you or want to make a corset, what kind of encouragement would you give them?
What questions would you ask Amber if given the chance? Leave a comment below and she might answer you!