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• www.DarkGarden.com • D ark Garden Corsetry and Romantic Apparel & L e J ardin B ridal C outure Guide to Corset Styles and P rices for Women and M en • Ready-to-Wear • • M ade-to-Order • All Work—from • Custom • Design Concept through to Garment Completion— Is Done at the Hayes Valley Shop in San Francisco Open Seven Days a Week Wednesdays – Saturdays 11am to 6pm Sundays – Tuesdays 11am to 5pm Please Call for Custom Fittings and Wedding Design Consultations 321 Linden Street (Hayes Valley) San Francisco, California 94102 415.431.7684 Updated June 2009 • www.LeJardinBridal.com • • Beauty and Beautifully M ade Since 1989 • Dark Garden was established in 1989 by Autumn Adamme. She fulfills her customers dreams of owning beautiful, custom-designed, hand-crafted corsets made from the finest materials. Autumn’s vision and leadership have brought her company to the forefront of the world’s corset market. In 1994, the store, workshop and Le Jardin Bridal Loft moved to its present location in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. Using the finest fabrics, we custom-create bridal ensembles, corsets and special occasion dresses. To learn more, visit us online. Or when in San Francisco, please stop by the store to enjoy the many ready-to-wear items we sell: Corsets, dresses, skirts, blouses, hats, jackets, gloves, jewelry, parasols, stockings. . . everything for everyday romantics. We’ll even let you peek in the workshop where a dozen amazingly talented crafts people—many native San Franciscans—skillfully build each corset. Three Levels of Purchase Ready-to-Wear Corsets come in 5 styles and a variety of fabrics, details and sizes for women and men for immediate purchase. They have a more comfortable and shapely fit than any other available. Made-to-Order Corsets are available in the same 5 styles as the Ready-toWear styles; but you can pick the fabric, trim and fittings to create a unique look that fits your lifestyle and dress. Custom Corsets are beautifully created for both men and women. Each pattern is drafted for the individual. We can take orders in person at our shop or by mail order. We have 18 examples listed in the pages of this guide. However, Dark Garden excels at custom work so if you don’t see exactly what you want—call us! 2 Updated June 2009 • www.DarkGarden.com • We base the size and shape of our Ready-to-Wear and Made-to-Order patterns on an average of thousands of our clients, rather than dress forms, which most other off-the-rack corset makers do. This means our corsets are made for real flesh and blood people just like you. Our construction techniques are unique to Dark Garden, so our corsets are of very high quality. Brocade patterns match at center front, the stitching is clean and we take great care with the grain line when cutting. The result is the best made, most comfortable corset money can buy! •• • www.LeJardinBridal.com • • Ready-to-Wear & M ade-to-Order Corset Styles • Generally, we recommend wearing corsets that are four inches (4”) smaller than the natural waist for women and five inches (5”) smaller for men. If possible, please see a professional Dark Garden fitter to determine your size. Dark Garden corsets reduce the waist, while fitting comfortably and smoothly over the ribs and hips. All styles (except the Corselette) close in the front with a typical busk closure and lace up the back with double-sided satin ribbon through sturdy two-piece grommets. All Dark Garden corsets are boned with spring steel. (Prices below do not include extras, such as back panels or garters.) Alexandra A completely modern corset with a smooth front and square neckline, it features gussets for visual contrast and adjustable shoulder straps for additional uplift. It reduces the waist and fits smoothly over the hips. Sizes: Available in even sizes 20” – 30” Corselette The Corselette gently reduces the waist and looks fantastic over a simple dress. This corset does not have a busk and laces in the back. Optional lace overlay adds a hint of color. Sizes: Available in even sizes 18” – 34” Classic Victorian Inspired by mid-century Victorian corsets, this waist reducing corset has a smooth, uplifting front, offering breast support with a gently curved neckline and slightly lower back than the Sweetheart. Sizes: Available in even sizes 20” – 30” Sweetheart Victorian Offering excellent bust support, reducing the waist and flattering the hips, it is a perfect foundation for wedding gowns and other strapless dresses. It is superior to strapless bras or bustiers as it is boned with spring steel. Sizes: Available in even sizes 18” – 38” Waist Cincher This corset fits from under the bust to over the hipbone. Even sizes are cut for women and odd sizes are cut for men—but just like jeans, some women prefer a “men’s” fit. Sizes: Available in even sizes 18” – 38” and in odd sizes 23” – 37”. 3 Updated June 2009 • www.DarkGarden.com • Poplin: $375 Silk Brocade or Silk Duchesse: $450 Silk Duchesse w/Lace Overlay: $475 Leather: $575 | Metallic or Patent Leather $625 *2-Week Turn Rush Fee (No Alterations) $150 Extra Poplin: $200 | Stripes or Plaids: $300 Silk Brocade or Silk Duchesse: $250 Silk Duchesse w/Lace Overlay: $275 Leather: $325 | Metallic or Patent Leather: $375 * If made w/ front busk, RTW WC pricing applies. Poplin: $325 | Stripes or Plaids: $425 Silk Brocade or Silk Duchesse: $375 Silk Duchesse w/Lace Overlay: $400 Duchesse w/Lace Overlay (no boning casings): $500 Leather: $500 | Metallic or Patent Leather: $550 *2-Week Turn Rush Fee (No Alterations) $125 Extra Poplin: $325 | Stripes or Plaids: $425 Silk Brocade or Silk Duchesse: $375 Silk Duchesse w/Lace Overlay: $400 Duchesse w/Lace Overlay (no boning casings): $500 Leather: $500 | Metallic or Patent Leather: $550 *2-Week Turn Rush Fee (No Alterations) $125 Extra Poplin: $250 | Stripes or Plaids: $350 Silk Brocade or Silk Duchesse: $300 Silk Duchesse w/Lace Overlay: $325 Duchesse w/Lace Overlay (no boning casings): $375 Leather: $375 | Metallic or Patent Leather: $425 *2-Week Turn Rush Fee (No Alterations) $100 Extra • www.LeJardinBridal.com • • Custom Corset Styles • Since 1989, Autumn Adamme and the Dark Garden workshop have built thousands of Custom Corsets for women and men. From Couture Bridal Wear for brides and grooms and prom gowns that beg to be worn again and again, to New Year’s Eve dresses and Steampunk-tastic creations, as well as building the corset of your dreams, Dark Garden can design and create your entire ensemble. Ask us about custom ensembles and Le Jardin Bridal Consultations. Custom Corset Styles Sweetheart Victorian A more curvaceous version of the Classic Victorian described below, we refer to this as the “wonder corset.” The custom version has more pattern pieces than the made-to-order version for the finest of fits. Sweetheart Longline A combination of two very popular styles: The Sweetheart Victorian for its neckline and the elegant hip shaping of the Underbust Edwardian style— curvaceous from over the bust to over the hip. Classic Victorian Over the bust with a modest smooth front, the mainstay for every Victorian lady. The custom version has more pattern pieces than the made-to-order version for the finest of fits. • www.DarkGarden.com • Underbust Victorian Based on corsets worn in 1890, this corset extends from just under the bust to down over the hips and is very good for waist shaping. This is the best style for advancing waist trainers. Also a popular man’s style. Underbust Edwardian Inspired by the S-Curve worn by the turn-of-the-century Gibson Girls, this corset offers excellent waist reduction and elegant hip shaping. Sweetheart Victorian with Straps A more curvaceous version of the Classic Victorian, we refer to this as the “wonder corset.” Shoulder straps offer more coverage and additional support. Arch Rival Named for the “Arches” that the fabric permanent garters create, this corset has the same body shaping as the Pointed Victorian described on page 5. Sweet Rival An over the bust version of the Arch Rival, this corset supports the breasts, creates an elegant waist shape and brings the eye to the hips and tops of the stockings with the permanent garters. 4 Updated June 2009 • www.LeJardinBridal.com • • Custom Corset Styles • Aziza A shapely corset with straps that rest daringly on the edge of the shoulders, this corset creates an elegant décolletage and is exquisite for evening and wedding ensembles. The angled seams offer excellent bust support for fuller bust lines. Empress A clever combination of the Baroque and the Classic Victorian, this cleavageenhancing flat-fronted corset has shoulders straps that adjust with ribbon ties at the front of each shoulder. Alyscia This scoop-neck corset is designed to flatter smaller bustlines. The diagonal seam lines enhance the corseted waist and highlight the shoulders. The points next to the bustline are repeated in the back, covering the back of the underarms. Amazon This flat-fronted corset enhances cleavage and shapes the waist. The wide front panel includes a top stitched boning pattern similar to the Baroque, and decorative sidefront-lacing exaggerates the shapeliness of the waist. Also a popular man’s style. Pointed Victorian An elegant pointed version of the Classic Victorian corset, this style was favored by Victorian ladies for horseback riding and other athletic endeavors. • www.DarkGarden.com • Baroque This corset is based on a pattern from 1780 and laces in the back. It is perfect for your most “Dangerous Liaison,” and beautiful in brocade. Pointed Victorian with Straps Reminiscent of a gentlemen’s vest, with the option of a high-laced back or criss-cross straps in back, this corset encourages excellent posture. The wide set shoulder straps create an eye-catching frame for the chest. Waist Cincher Our best seller, due to its versatility and comfort, the waist cincher fits from just under the bust to over the hipbone. Also a popular man’s style. Princess Victorian An updated version of the Classic Victorian, this shapely corset has a scooped neckline and the option of delicate “spaghetti” straps. Cross Back Halter The ultimate in cleavage, this above-thewaist corset top laces at the front, both sides and the back. Shoulder straps crisscross in the back and buckle in front. 5 Updated June 2009 • www.LeJardinBridal.com • Corset Style Fabric Leather Patent Leather Alyscia $975 $1,075 $1,125 Amazon (Triple lacing included) $1,045 $1,145 $1,195 Arch Rival $945 $995 $1,055 Aziza $995 $1,095 $1,145 Baroque $1,075 $1,175 $1,225 Classic Victorian $945 $995 $1,095 Crossback Halter $785 $855 $895 Empress $995 $1,095 $1,145 Pointed Victorian $895 $950 $995 Pointed Victorian w/ Straps $985 $1,075 $1,125 Pointed Victorian w/ Straps High Back $995 $1,085 $1,135 Princess Victorian $985 $1,050 $1,095 Sweetheart Longline $945 $995 $1,095 Sweetheart Victorian $945 $995 $1,095 Sweetheart Victorian w/ Straps $995 $1,075 $1,125 Sweet Rival $995 $1,050 $1,095 Underbust Edwardian $895 $950 $995 Underbust Victorian $895 $950 $995 Waist Cincher $725 $795 $845 Custom corset prices include the matching back panel. Certain fabrics may carry an additional charge, though poplins are less expensive. Please contact us for further information. Collars & Cuffs Fabric Leather Patent Leather Collar $40 $45 $50 Cuffs $45 $50 $55 Collar & Cuffs $80 $90 $100 Corsets Dresses Fabric Leather Patent Leather Amazon Ankle Length $2,090 $2,290 $2,390 Amazon Knee Length $1,880 $2,080 $2,180 Amazon Mini Length $1,670 $1,870 $1,970 Sweetheart Ankle Length $1,890 $2,090 $2,190 Sweetheart Knee Length $1,700 $1,900 $2,000 Sweetheart Mini Length $1,510 $1,710 $1,810 Underbust Ankle Length $1,790 $1,990 $2,090 Underbust Knee Length $1,610 $1,810 $1,910 Underbust Mini Length $1,430 $1,630 $1,730 Prices may vary according to height, measurements and custom additions desired. Corset dress prices are based on an average height of 5’6”. Zipper fronts only available on dress style corsets. Corset Extras Cost Corset Extras Cost Back Panel Fabric $25 | Leather $30 | Patent $35 Locking Lacing Guard $150 Buckles $25 Piping $30–$70 Busk Cover $35 Pockets $20 per pair Corset Bag $25 Removable Garters $10 per pair D-rings $20 per pair Silks & Chinese Silk Brocade $50 Extra Boning Fee $50 Special Order Fabric Fee $25 Fabric Covered Garters $25 per pair Triple Lacing $70 Lace Overlay or Trim $50 All Prices Subject to Change 6 Updated June 2009 • Custom Corset P rices • • www.DarkGarden.com • • www.LeJardinBridal.com • • F requently A sked Questions • All Work—from Design Concept through to Garment Completion— Is Done at the Hayes Valley Shop in San Francisco How does payment work? 50% down when you order and 50% upon completion. We accept cash, money orders, Mastercard, VISA and American Express. What should I wear with my corset? There are countless ways you can wear a corset—it is simply a matter of personal taste. Some of our clients wear them as part of an elegant evening ensemble with a complimentary long slim skirt, or full pleated skirt. Others wear them under fitted jackets for a slightly less formal evening look. For a racier look, try tight jeans and high heels. The possibilities are endless. What is the difference between the Waist Cincher and the Underbust Victorian? Both corsets fit from just under the bust to just past the hip bone. The Underbust Victorian has more pattern pieces than the Waist Cincher, allowing for more comfortable and evenly distributed waist reduction. Can I use my corset as a weight loss aid? A corset will compress your stomach during wearing, but when you take it off your tummy returns to it’s normal size. It’s very important to continue to eat small regular meals. Proper nutrition is necessary to your health and well being. Suppressing your appetite with a corset is a bad way to reduce your weight. Consult your doctor for a proper weight loss program. I am male, what style do you suggest? For masculine wear, the Waist Cincher accentuates the shoulder to waistline “V.” Another favorite is the Amazon, cut higher at the center front than we do for women. Is the Corset Dress restrictive? Yes. You cannot sit down. Also, to walk, you must take very small steps. However, the look is so stunning and unusual, the restriction is worth it. And yes, the ankle-length Corset Dress is more restrictive than the knee length version. Do corsets stretch? Because our corsets are fully lined they do not stretch. Rather, they “break in” molding to your body like a fine pair of shoes. Can I send you my fabric? Not all fabrics work well as corsets; for example, velvet. We carry a wide variety of fabrics. However, you may send us a swatch and we will determine if the fabric is suitable. We offer a $5 discount when you supply your own fabric. • www.DarkGarden.com • Is wearing a corset uncomfortable? They look so tight, will I be able to breathe? Well made corsets are snug, but not uncomfortable. Dark Garden makes a pattern for your body, which fits comfortably at the ribs and hips and compresses only your waist, allowing for easy breathing. Just how small can I make my waist? We recommend a waist reduction of 3 to 5 inches, depending on your natural waist size and how far your lower ribs are from your hipbones. I’m not a skinny model type, do you have a corset for me? Because our corsets are made to measure, we can produce one that will fit and flatter you beautifully. We can and do make corsets for women and men of all body types, shapes and sizes. Why should I purchase a corset from you instead of from another store? How do I know this costly item will fit correctly? At Dark Garden we use 14+ measurements to draft a pattern to fit your body perfectly. Off-the-rack corsets are made on a nonexistent average and usually attempt to compress ribs and hips as much as the waist, which makes for an uncomfortable fit and less attractive waist curve. In addition, Dark Garden corsets are fully lined and interlined, which guarantees a long life for your corset. Store bought corsets often tear after repeated use. Since 1989, Dark Garden has corseted thousands of satisfied customers. We stand behind our work. If for some reason you are not perfectly thrilled with your purchase, we do everything in our power to remedy the situation. 7 Updated June 2009 • www.LeJardinBridal.com • • F requently A sked Questions • So, I buy a corset, a considerable investment, and I lose weight. What happens then? A corset will fit your body within 1 to 15 pounds either gain or loss, depending on your current composition. This is one of the advantages to the corset lacing up the back. We recommend that your corset have approximately 2 inches gap down the back when you receive it. That means you can reduce up to 2” and still have a snug corset. You can also gain up to 2”, but we don’t like to see more than a 4 inch gap in the back of any corset. Can you alter my corset to fit me since I’ve lost 30 lbs? Yes, assuming that your weight loss is more or less evenly distributed because we alter the corset by removing the lacing the replacing it with a new lacing panel. This makes the corset smaller by 3” from top to bottom. This alteration costs $75. Tell me about waist training. How much smaller can I make my waist and how fast will it happen? In our waist training experience it seems that each individual body responds differently. There is no “usual” amount or speed with which it happens. The best results are achieved by moderate and frequent corset wearing. Much better results are achieved by wearing your corset every day for a few hours than all day one day a week. Also, it’s best if the corset is only comfortably snug. The body will respond much better to a gradual comfortable compression than it will to an extreme and painful experience. Please don’t wear a corset that pinches or causes you to be short of breath. A well made corset will support your ribs and hips comfortably and will very gradually reduce the actual size of your natural waist. What won’t happen: You buy a corset that’s 6 inches smaller than your natural waist, you wear it for a week and then take it off and miraculously have a tiny waist. Corset training means frequent corset wearing. The way your body responds to the snugness at the waist changes gradually and you eventually are able to lace the corset more closed. When you take the corset off you see a slight reduction in your waist size, but this progress will not last without maintenance, just like a diet program. You can’t expect to keep weight off without continuing to exercise and eat sensibly and likewise your waist will not stay smaller without the corset to encourage it to be so. Why do your corsets cost so much? Our corsets are stitched by highly trained seamstresses that live in San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the United States. We believe that all people deserve to be paid a living wage and to that end, have to pay for their labor by charging for it in the corset price. The process that goes into a custom corset is very involved and has several steps. We start with measurements, draft an individual pattern, test the pattern by stitching a mock-up made of cotton poplin which is boned with spring steel and laces up the back, just like the finished corset. The mock-up is tried on our clients in our shop, or is mailed to our mail-order clients. After the mock-up has been tried on and seen by our designer in person or in photos, they correct the pattern, making any changes necessary to achieve a perfect fit. Only then is the corset cut out of three layers; the fashion fabric, the interlining and lining. It is then stitched, boned, grommeted and laced up. In addition to the time and labor intensiveness of this process, we use high quality materials for each part of the process. What results is the best fitting, most durable and beautiful corset money can buy. • www.DarkGarden.com • • Everything for the Everyday Romantic • Corsets • Gowns • D resses Skirts • Blouses • Jackets • H ats • Jewelry Gloves • F ans • P arasols • H osiery Updated June 2009 • www.LeJardinBridal.com •
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