Our vision at Whitelane Textiles is to create exquisitely embellished corsetry and accessories for burlesque performers, pinup beauties and the occasional wearer.
We believe that the history and beauty of corsetry should not forgotten and as such we use historical records and garments as the basis for our designs.
It is our aim to produce beautifully embellished and tailored corsetry and accessories which are exquisitely finished and are as individual as the wearer.
We also welcome all levels of sewists who would like to explore the process of corset making themselves, through guided sessions or workshops. We subscribe to the belief that sewing and craft skills should be treasured and passed down to the next generation, our workshops are designed to produce confident sewists. Whether you would like to dip your toes into the corset making waters with a basic undergarment or extend your skills with and entire costume, we can assist with your goals.
The process of commissioning a bespoke piece is a complex process and can be time consuming. Corset making is SLOW FASHION in its purest form, with many stages to completion.
Upon contacting us at Whitelane, initial discussion regarding your requirements will be conducted via email, discussing details such as design and fabric choices, garment inspiration, timeframes and indicative costs.
Once we have an understanding of your garment requirements, an estimate will be provided for your perusal. If this meets with your expectations, an in-person appointment will be agreed upon at our studio, to take a comprehensive suite of measurements. A nominal charge will be required for this appointment to cover our time and experience. You will be provided with a copy of your measurements, in the event that you wish to commission further pieces from our studio or another. This appointment will also discuss details of your commission in further detail, with decisions made on pattern, fabric, hardware and embellishments. If required, an updated estimate will be provided.
If you are happy to proceed with your commission, a toile or sample garment will be made to your measurements. Depending on the complexity of your garment, whether it is requires drafting from scratch or grading from an antique source, the schedule on this process will vary between commissions. Once your toile is complete, another fitting appointment will be required to assess the fit of the garment and make any final changes prior to constructing the final piece. A deposit of 25% (or the value of the materials) will be required at this stage. Your materials and hardware will be ordered to commence work (shipping times for materials vary, as many specialist materials are from international suppliers).
Work will commence on your garment once all materials have arrived. Progress reports and photos are sent to you on a regular basis and when complete, your final fitting appointment will be scheduled. Payment of the remainder of your invoice is required on collection.