With less than a week to Halloween we hope that you are all finished (or at least nearly done ) with the amazing costume creations you have been furiously constructing!
If you haven’t started, and I know there are some of you out there, we may be able to help… we have decided to have a final blowout sale of our last remaining costume patterns to free up shelf space for new arrivals. All costume patterns are now 50% off until they’re gone; and they ARE almost gone!
Please remember to send us some pictures of your Halloween finery… we’d love to see what you’ve created!
It’s a happy day for our Bra Makers… Beverly Johnson has been quite busy and we are very pleased to offer a bunch of new products to show for it!
The indispensable Bra Makers Manual is back in stock in both book and CD formats. Also available is the new Bra Makers Manual Volume 2 with even more techniques and information for our more advanced bra makers!
Bra Makers Manual Volume 2
For the rest of this month we will be offering a 10% off coupon for the book versions of both the Bra Makers Manual and Bra Makers Manual Volume 2. Just use the coupon code “BRA-TASTIC” during the checkout process and your discount will be applied! Also check out the other great new titles by Beverly Johnson in our Bra Making Books & Videos section!
Throughout the years many people have asked why we do not offer shipping options lower than Priority Mail, or why we can’t just send some of our smaller items in a plain letter envelope. Well, the answer is for the benefit of our customers!
First, Priority Mail and Express Mail (which we offer if needed) are the most reliable options the US Postal Service offers. We have tried other services and found that orders too frequently ended up being delayed, lost or even “destroyed.” As for letter envelopes, letters are processed differently than packages. Letters can easily be hooked or snagged by the sorting machines if the envelope has anything lumpy in it. This has the potential to not only damage the item you are sending, but also the surrounding mail that was packaged properly.
We want you to receive every single item that you ordered. We want your package to arrive not only in a timely manner but also in the same perfect condition that it left our hands in. We have recently been able to lower both our shipping prices and our order minimum to help you keep your costs as low as possible.
Below is an example of a recent exchange that we “almost” received. The items were sent back in a standard letter envelope, and unfortunately none of them actually made it.
“Your website is wonderful. This was my first time sewing a corset, and it just happened to be for my wedding dress (no pressure). Your site had everything I needed, and I was thrilled with the results I got after modifying the Laughing Moon pattern a bit. I’m now inspired to make a few more just for fun.”
-Thank you Alanna, your gown came out beautifully.
The heat shrink lace tipping is a 3/32″ diameter tipping that you “roll” the ends of your lacing through. Then by applying heat to the tipping it shrinks around the end of the lacing forming a tight bond. We have found a lighter works great for this purpose. If you are using the poly lacing supplied at Corsetmaking.com, the trick is to heat to the point that the lace will actually begin to bond with the tipping forming a permanent seal. Neat stuff!!
Caution: Be sure to keep your heat source far enough from the tipping that you don’t discolor it… especially the clear tipping that can easily discolor if flame is too close.
The easiest way I’ve found to attach boning tips is as follows….
Using a pair of needle-nose pliers crimp the sides of the tip inward BEFORE putting the tip on the piece of cut spiral steel boning.
After crimping the sides in quite often a little pucker or bump is created in the top of the tip… to get rid of this hold the sides of the tip (so they dont spread back any wider) and then use the needle-nose to crimp in the little pucker that formed at the top of the tip…
The trick is to have the tip pre-crimped just a little smaller than the width of the boning. When you slide the boning into the tip it will open just enough to allow the boning to slide in, but will still grip tightly around it.
Once the tip is on the boning and does not slide or move you can dip the ends into Tipping Fluid to form a more permanent bond. If you choose to do this, you should let the ends dry for about an hour (more or less depending on humidity, etc) before inserting them into the bone casings.
….That’s the method we’ve always used. Hope it helps!
Delicious Corsets bridal designs using supplies from CorsetMaking.com
Customer’s first time using a busk on this underbust corset… they point out the visible “wave” at center front. Easy to avoid with a little more practice… keep up the good work!
Supplies from CorsetMaking.com
More lovely creations using supplies from CorsetMaking.com