Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Private Fitting Clinic with Autumn Adamme!

Dark Garden's proprietress and lead designer,
Autumn Adamme, in a bespoke corset dress
made from upcycled men's shirt and tie
We're currently putting together a syllabus for sewing-related classes. This launches an exciting development for us, showcasing our strength: creating beautifully fit and well-constructed handmade garments in the heart of San Francisco. More will be revealed in the future! In the meantime, we invite you to schedule an appointment for one-on-one fitting and sewing advice with our founder, Autumn Adamme.
Autumn fitting, draping, and hand-finishing a couture bridal ensemble
What kinds of projects can Autumn help you tackle? How about...

  • A garment in-progress
  • A mockup that you've started, but can't muster the courage to go forward with
  • A hard-to-fit client for your personal sewing business
  • Cutting for stripe and plaid matching
  • Fine finishing and embellishment techniques
Autumn's process for hand-placed and -finished textural overlay.
While this is a new service at Dark Garden, Autumn is no stranger to teaching. She's done several very successful workshops at the iconic Britex fabrics, and has both taught at and been keynote speaker for the Oxford Conference of Corsetry. Appointments are available in 1/2 hour increments up to 2 hours. The rate is $85 per hour, or $50 per half hour. Please email boutique@darkgarden.com to schedule, or call the boutique at 415-431-7684.

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Annual Corset Rummage Sale, July 17

Bespoke High-Back Dollymop Corset
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Alyxander Ryan
The curviest event of the year is nearly upon us! Join Dark Garden on July 17th for our annual rummage sale, our biggest single-day event. Savvy shoppers line up on Linden St. before we open to get first dibs on a selection of archive, unworn bespoke samples, and gently loved pre-owned corsets, as well as discounted stock corsets, clothing, accessories, and studio odds and ends.

Dark Garden Annual Rummage Sale
Sunday, July 17, 11am-6pm
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry
321 Linden St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-431-7684

Signature Collection Corselette
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo © Joel Aron
Here's what you can expect to find in the way of corsets at our rummage sale:
  • Corset raffle! A single $5 ticket could win you a made-to-order corset from our Signature Collection
  • Unworn bespoke sample corsets, deeply discounted from their list price
  • Pre-loved corsets, sold on consignment from their previous owners
  • 10% discount on in-stock corsets
  • Deeper discounts on select in-stock corsets
  • Fashion show & archive corsets and ensembles
Beyond the corsets, our Rummage Sale also features:
  • Last-season garments and accessories on sale
  • Fabric remnants from the studio
  • Vintage patterns
  • All manner of miscellany
Bespoke Adelaide corset
via @darkgardencorsetry on Instagram
If you've outgrown - or outshrunk - your old Dark Garden corsets, bring them in between June 3rd and July 3rd to be assessed for consignment. You can opt to get cash or Dark Garden store credit if your corset sells at the rummage sale. Corsets must be dry cleaned and in good condition to be eligible; only Dark Garden corsets can be sold at our rummage sale. Please email boutique@darkgarden.com with, "Rummage sale consignment," in the subject line to make arrangements for consigning your Dark Garden corset.

Thank you for making last year's Rummage Sale such a resounding and joyous success. Please RSVP to this year's event on Facebook and share it with your friends - the rummage sale is a crazy day, and it's also an absolute blast. We'll see you there!

Dollymop Lancer Corset
Photo © Joel Aron
~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Friday, April 1, 2016

New Spring Hours & Scheduled Closures

Dark Garden Valentine corset with wrap bolero.
Designed by Autumn Adamme for our Spring 2016 collection.
Photo © Shoot That Klown Photography
Our Hayes Valley boutique has newly updated our store hours for spring. Beginning this week, our retail location at 437 Linden St., San Francisco will be open for business during the following times. Of course, you can shop online 24/7 at www.darkgarden.com!

Sunday through Wednesday: 11am to 5pm
Thursday: 11am to 6pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am to 6:30pm

In addition to these new hours, we have two scheduled closures coming up. The Dark Garden boutique will not be open on Wednesday, 4/13, and Sunday, 5/1. We invite you to explore Hayes Valley during Urban Air Market on May 1st, and return to visit us during our normal business hours another day.

Bespoke High Back Dollymop Overbust with Sleeves
Photo © John Carey

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Private Fitting Clinic with Autumn Adamme!

Dark Garden's proprietress and lead designer,
Autumn Adamme, in a bespoke corset dress
made from upcycled men's shirt and tie
We're currently putting together a syllabus for sewing-related classes. This launches an exciting development for us, showcasing our strength: creating beautifully fit and well-constructed handmade garments in the heart of San Francisco. More will be revealed in the future! In the meantime, we invite you to schedule an appointment for one-on-one fitting and sewing advice with our founder, Autumn Adamme.
Autumn fitting, draping, and hand-finishing a couture bridal ensemble
What kinds of projects can Autumn help you tackle? How about...

  • A garment in-progress
  • A mockup that you've started, but can't muster the courage to go forward with
  • A hard-to-fit client for your personal sewing business
  • Cutting for stripe and plaid matching
  • Fine finishing and embellishment techniques
Autumn's process for hand-placed and -finished textural overlay.
While this is a new service at Dark Garden, Autumn is no stranger to teaching. She's done several very successful workshops at the iconic Britex fabrics, and has both taught at and been keynote speaker for the Oxford Conference of Corsetry. Appointments are available in 1/2 hour increments up to 2 hours. The rate is $85 per hour, or $50 per half hour. Please email boutique@darkgarden.com to schedule, or call the boutique at 415-431-7684.

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Annual Corset Rummage Sale, July 17

Bespoke High-Back Dollymop Corset
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Alyxander Ryan
The curviest event of the year is nearly upon us! Join Dark Garden on July 17th for our annual rummage sale, our biggest single-day event. Savvy shoppers line up on Linden St. before we open to get first dibs on a selection of archive, unworn bespoke samples, and gently loved pre-owned corsets, as well as discounted stock corsets, clothing, accessories, and studio odds and ends.

Dark Garden Annual Rummage Sale
Sunday, July 17, 11am-6pm
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry
321 Linden St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-431-7684

Signature Collection Corselette
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo © Joel Aron
Here's what you can expect to find in the way of corsets at our rummage sale:
  • Corset raffle! A single $5 ticket could win you a made-to-order corset from our Signature Collection
  • Unworn bespoke sample corsets, deeply discounted from their list price
  • Pre-loved corsets, sold on consignment from their previous owners
  • 10% discount on in-stock corsets
  • Deeper discounts on select in-stock corsets
  • Fashion show & archive corsets and ensembles
Beyond the corsets, our Rummage Sale also features:
  • Last-season garments and accessories on sale
  • Fabric remnants from the studio
  • Vintage patterns
  • All manner of miscellany
Bespoke Adelaide corset
via @darkgardencorsetry on Instagram
If you've outgrown - or outshrunk - your old Dark Garden corsets, bring them in between June 3rd and July 3rd to be assessed for consignment. You can opt to get cash or Dark Garden store credit if your corset sells at the rummage sale. Corsets must be dry cleaned and in good condition to be eligible; only Dark Garden corsets can be sold at our rummage sale. Please email boutique@darkgarden.com with, "Rummage sale consignment," in the subject line to make arrangements for consigning your Dark Garden corset.

Thank you for making last year's Rummage Sale such a resounding and joyous success. Please RSVP to this year's event on Facebook and share it with your friends - the rummage sale is a crazy day, and it's also an absolute blast. We'll see you there!

Dollymop Lancer Corset
Photo © Joel Aron
~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, April 1, 2016

New Spring Hours & Scheduled Closures

Dark Garden Valentine corset with wrap bolero.
Designed by Autumn Adamme for our Spring 2016 collection.
Photo © Shoot That Klown Photography
Our Hayes Valley boutique has newly updated our store hours for spring. Beginning this week, our retail location at 437 Linden St., San Francisco will be open for business during the following times. Of course, you can shop online 24/7 at www.darkgarden.com!

Sunday through Wednesday: 11am to 5pm
Thursday: 11am to 6pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am to 6:30pm

In addition to these new hours, we have two scheduled closures coming up. The Dark Garden boutique will not be open on Wednesday, 4/13, and Sunday, 5/1. We invite you to explore Hayes Valley during Urban Air Market on May 1st, and return to visit us during our normal business hours another day.

Bespoke High Back Dollymop Overbust with Sleeves
Photo © John Carey

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere