Friday, February 19, 2016

Why We Lace Our Corsets the Way We Do

Here at Dark Garden, we have a very particular way of lacing our corsets. There's a specific reason why we like them laced this way. Let's delve into not just why we lace them thusly, but also how we figured it out. Our proprietress and lead designer, Autumn Adamme, will be recounting the story firsthand.
Dark Garden Aziza corset
Model: Vienna La Rouge
Photo © Joel Aron
Along the way to explaining these things, I’m going to take a moment to say that while I may not be the first person to choose to lace corsets this way, I know that I worked it out all on my own. I believe it has since been named cross lacing – I’m not sure, it’s just how I do it. It happened sometime between 1989, when I started and named Dark Garden, and 1992, when Monique Motil joined me and our quest for corset mastery truly began.

Dark Garden corset, laced without our signature crossed waist loops
In the three photos above you’ll see three types of lacing. The photo directly above illustrates how many corsets are laced these days, and how nearly all corsets were laced when I started making corsets (1987 - yes, I WAS a child). I decided to re-lace one of ours to show why I personally don’t like it. You’ll notice that there’s a gap at the waist, where the garment is tightest. In addition, the skin that has been pulled to the back of the body bulges between the laces, even on this very slender corset wearer.
Dark Garden corset, laced to our standard method
The second photo shows the same corset put back to rights. (Kidding, it’s laced as all Dark Garden corsets are: to my preference, right or wrong.) You’ll see that at the waist there’s more lacing, instead of less. Therefore, the skin there is supported, and kept inside the corset.

Maidenform advertisment circa 1990
The third photo is a Maidenform advertisement which has been part of my inspiration wall in 5 locations now, since 1990. I ripped it out of Cosmopolitan Magazine, if I recall correctly. You’ll see that one of the pairs of grommets has been skipped, and I wondered for a while why they’d do this, but I also thought at first that the laces crossed, as we do our laces. I recall looking at this photo and wondering how the top ribbon went to the bottom and vice versa (I was a kid, remember?) and I experimented, and came up with what we’ve been doing ever since.

Dark Garden bespoke "Grable" corset
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Joel Aron
Since I’ve taken a ride in the way-back machine to write this post, I must give credit where credit is due. My friend Jwlhyfer de Winter laced her corsets with satin ribbon when everyone else was using round cord or shoe lace. She did this because she liked how easily it slid through the grommets, and I copied her. I also like that you can buy it in so many colors and it’s really darn strong. As my friend and rope-bondage expert Mistress Midori pointed out, satin ribbon is braided polyester – which really is just pretty rope.


So, to sum up: The strength of cross-lacing is greater than conventional lacing and I rest my case there! If you're interested in learning more about corset lacing, do come by our upcoming How to Lace Up a Corset event on Friday, March 4! We will also be hosting this event on several other dates throughout the year at our 321 Linden St., San Francisco boutique.
~Autumn Adamme
Founder
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Friday, February 5, 2016

Treat Yourself to a Champagne & Corset Service This Valentine's Day!

Risqué Cincher
Model: If-N'-Whendy
Photo © Chris Gaede
Treat yourself like a VIP this Valentine's Day! Dark Garden would love to host you and up to five friends for an exclusive champagne service styling party. During our regular business hours (11am-5pm) on Sunday, February 14, we are accepting bookings for 2-hour Sparkling Style Parties at our 321 Linden St. boutique in San Francisco.

Risqué Sweetheart
Model: Dwoira Galilea
Photo © Joel Aron
Each $500 party hosts up to 6 guests and includes 2 bottles of sparkling wine... delicate nibbles... and 2 private attendants. Lounge in our cozy couture loft while our experts fetch and fit corsets and other intimate apparel and accessories from our boutique floor. Describe your personal style and we'll help you select the perfect custom fabric and details for a made-to-order corset.

The Ambrose and Tailored Cincher
Photo © Joel Aron
To book your private party with us, email boutique@darkgarden.com or call 415-431-7684 and ask for Ambyr or Alee.

This package is great for:
  • bachelorette parties
  • couples 
  • or trios, or more! – we pride ourselves on our inclusivity
  • best friend dates
  • couple friends
Signature Collection Cincher
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Joel Aron
For those looking to treat someone else this Valentine's Day, a Dark Garden gift certificate makes a lovely gift. From now through next Sunday, we are giving away two free pairs of luscious red garters (a $40 value) with every gift certificate purchase of at least $100. This offer is valid while supplies last.

Couture ensemble featuring
"Alyscia" bespoke corset
Photo © Chris Gaede

Happy Valentine's Day!

With love,
Dark Garden

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

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How to Lace Up a Corset – An Intimate Education, March 4th

Wondering how to put your corset on – or take it off, for that matter? Dark Garden's got your back! Join us for an evening of corset lacing instruction on Friday, March 4th, 5pm, at our 321 Linden St. Boutique in San Francisco.

Tailored Cincher
Model: James Alvarez
Photo © Joel Aron
This is the inaugural event for our quarterly lacing series. Join us at 5pm and learn how put a corset on yourself or on someone else. Whether you're training your partner, your daughter, or your maid of honor, it's always nice to have another pair of hands. But fear not! With a little bit of practice... and a touch of dexterity... you can absolutely put on your own corset... and wrap yourself in an all day hug.

High Back Dollymop Overbust
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Alyx Ryan
Here's a delicious tease of what you can expect at this event. Watch our proprietress Autumn Adamme lacing up one of our favorite models, Summer Makovkin. Summer is wearing one of our couture collection ensembles at the lovely Salle Pianos.



If you can't make it to the event next month, catch us at our June 3rd, September 2nd, or December 2nd event. That's the 1st Friday of every 3rd month, at 5pm. And if you find yourself in a pinch before then, just call up our shop at 415-431-7684 and we'll walk you through the lacing process over the phone!

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Friday, February 19, 2016

Why We Lace Our Corsets the Way We Do

Here at Dark Garden, we have a very particular way of lacing our corsets. There's a specific reason why we like them laced this way. Let's delve into not just why we lace them thusly, but also how we figured it out. Our proprietress and lead designer, Autumn Adamme, will be recounting the story firsthand.
Dark Garden Aziza corset
Model: Vienna La Rouge
Photo © Joel Aron
Along the way to explaining these things, I’m going to take a moment to say that while I may not be the first person to choose to lace corsets this way, I know that I worked it out all on my own. I believe it has since been named cross lacing – I’m not sure, it’s just how I do it. It happened sometime between 1989, when I started and named Dark Garden, and 1992, when Monique Motil joined me and our quest for corset mastery truly began.

Dark Garden corset, laced without our signature crossed waist loops
In the three photos above you’ll see three types of lacing. The photo directly above illustrates how many corsets are laced these days, and how nearly all corsets were laced when I started making corsets (1987 - yes, I WAS a child). I decided to re-lace one of ours to show why I personally don’t like it. You’ll notice that there’s a gap at the waist, where the garment is tightest. In addition, the skin that has been pulled to the back of the body bulges between the laces, even on this very slender corset wearer.
Dark Garden corset, laced to our standard method
The second photo shows the same corset put back to rights. (Kidding, it’s laced as all Dark Garden corsets are: to my preference, right or wrong.) You’ll see that at the waist there’s more lacing, instead of less. Therefore, the skin there is supported, and kept inside the corset.

Maidenform advertisment circa 1990
The third photo is a Maidenform advertisement which has been part of my inspiration wall in 5 locations now, since 1990. I ripped it out of Cosmopolitan Magazine, if I recall correctly. You’ll see that one of the pairs of grommets has been skipped, and I wondered for a while why they’d do this, but I also thought at first that the laces crossed, as we do our laces. I recall looking at this photo and wondering how the top ribbon went to the bottom and vice versa (I was a kid, remember?) and I experimented, and came up with what we’ve been doing ever since.

Dark Garden bespoke "Grable" corset
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Joel Aron
Since I’ve taken a ride in the way-back machine to write this post, I must give credit where credit is due. My friend Jwlhyfer de Winter laced her corsets with satin ribbon when everyone else was using round cord or shoe lace. She did this because she liked how easily it slid through the grommets, and I copied her. I also like that you can buy it in so many colors and it’s really darn strong. As my friend and rope-bondage expert Mistress Midori pointed out, satin ribbon is braided polyester – which really is just pretty rope.


So, to sum up: The strength of cross-lacing is greater than conventional lacing and I rest my case there! If you're interested in learning more about corset lacing, do come by our upcoming How to Lace Up a Corset event on Friday, March 4! We will also be hosting this event on several other dates throughout the year at our 321 Linden St., San Francisco boutique.
~Autumn Adamme
Founder

Friday, February 5, 2016

Treat Yourself to a Champagne & Corset Service This Valentine's Day!

Risqué Cincher
Model: If-N'-Whendy
Photo © Chris Gaede
Treat yourself like a VIP this Valentine's Day! Dark Garden would love to host you and up to five friends for an exclusive champagne service styling party. During our regular business hours (11am-5pm) on Sunday, February 14, we are accepting bookings for 2-hour Sparkling Style Parties at our 321 Linden St. boutique in San Francisco.

Risqué Sweetheart
Model: Dwoira Galilea
Photo © Joel Aron
Each $500 party hosts up to 6 guests and includes 2 bottles of sparkling wine... delicate nibbles... and 2 private attendants. Lounge in our cozy couture loft while our experts fetch and fit corsets and other intimate apparel and accessories from our boutique floor. Describe your personal style and we'll help you select the perfect custom fabric and details for a made-to-order corset.

The Ambrose and Tailored Cincher
Photo © Joel Aron
To book your private party with us, email boutique@darkgarden.com or call 415-431-7684 and ask for Ambyr or Alee.

This package is great for:
  • bachelorette parties
  • couples 
  • or trios, or more! – we pride ourselves on our inclusivity
  • best friend dates
  • couple friends
Signature Collection Cincher
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Joel Aron
For those looking to treat someone else this Valentine's Day, a Dark Garden gift certificate makes a lovely gift. From now through next Sunday, we are giving away two free pairs of luscious red garters (a $40 value) with every gift certificate purchase of at least $100. This offer is valid while supplies last.

Couture ensemble featuring
"Alyscia" bespoke corset
Photo © Chris Gaede

Happy Valentine's Day!

With love,
Dark Garden

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

How to Lace Up a Corset – An Intimate Education, March 4th

Wondering how to put your corset on – or take it off, for that matter? Dark Garden's got your back! Join us for an evening of corset lacing instruction on Friday, March 4th, 5pm, at our 321 Linden St. Boutique in San Francisco.

Tailored Cincher
Model: James Alvarez
Photo © Joel Aron
This is the inaugural event for our quarterly lacing series. Join us at 5pm and learn how put a corset on yourself or on someone else. Whether you're training your partner, your daughter, or your maid of honor, it's always nice to have another pair of hands. But fear not! With a little bit of practice... and a touch of dexterity... you can absolutely put on your own corset... and wrap yourself in an all day hug.

High Back Dollymop Overbust
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Alyx Ryan
Here's a delicious tease of what you can expect at this event. Watch our proprietress Autumn Adamme lacing up one of our favorite models, Summer Makovkin. Summer is wearing one of our couture collection ensembles at the lovely Salle Pianos.



If you can't make it to the event next month, catch us at our June 3rd, September 2nd, or December 2nd event. That's the 1st Friday of every 3rd month, at 5pm. And if you find yourself in a pinch before then, just call up our shop at 415-431-7684 and we'll walk you through the lacing process over the phone!

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere