Steamy Shop Tips

Again it’s been quite some time since our last post. Sorry for that, guys, but we have been busy bees as of late. Not only are there studies and work to take care of, we are also in the midst of planning the reset of a Steampunk LARP. If you’ve been following this blog you’d know that we last summer attempted to set one up, but due to lack of time and other things we had to cancel it. Now we are trying to set it up again and hopefully we’ll be able to pull it off this time ūüôā It will be the first proper Steampunk LARP (at least I think it will be..) in Stockholm, Sweden, so we’re quite excited indeed ^^

In the meantime I thought I’d give you some tips on awesome designers – both fashion and accessories.

Clockwork Couture – Gorgeous designs and accessories, American brand

SkinzNhydez – Absolutely wonderful leather designs with a distinct Steampunk feel

Catherinette Rings – Jewellery and sculptures, Steampunk, SteamGoth and Cthulhu

Sarah Burchill, who has two shops on Etsy: one for metalworks and for glassworks – All handmade, there is probably nothing this artist can’t do. And her glass tentacles are lovely, the one shown below is my own ^^

Imperial Fiddlesticks Emporium – Unique handmade hats and corsages, the link goes to her Facebook Page

Steampunk Couture – Handmade designs, one of my favourite places to go to for inspiration. The picture is borrowed from her Facebook Page


Xx, Arathin

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Real vs. Fake


Published in: on July 15, 2011 at 12:00  Leave a Comment  

That’s Why

One extremly irritating and common comment which you’ll probably hear all the time is;

Oh my, corsets are so expencive…

Right. Yes, a corset costs lots of money. But not without a reason.

This is a corset pattern from the beginning of the 20th century. Look at the pattern, would you be able to sew a nice corset out of this the first time? Probably not.

And this is just the first problem when it comes to constructing a corset. You’ll have to fit the pattern so the corset will be comfortable to wear (those corsets from 19th and 20th century wasn’t fitted after the human body as modern corsets are),¬†and so it has the shape you want it to have. And as I said before, you will¬†probably¬†not¬†be able to create a perfect¬†pattern the first time.

The sewing part isn’t easy either, even if the biggest problem is the pattern. To make the corset stiff, so it’ll change the wearers body-shape, you have to¬†put lining (a second layer)¬†in it.

Then you have to put bones in it, (steel, forget¬†the platsic ones! They… Well, they won’t do shit, they’ll just cost you money)¬†which takes lots of time and need skills.

In old times corset tailors was a specific job. If you want a corset, and not a modern-fake-lousy-girlde, you have to pay for it.

You may think it’s a great idea to buy the cheap corset-like-thing with plastic bones¬†you found on¬†the internet instead of the expensive¬†steel-boned corset, and save lots of money in that way. In the end you will probably be disapointed –¬†if you wanted a corset. (A real corset. If you don’t care and just want something fancy to put around you belly, well… Do as you please. But I don’t think that fake-corset with plastic “bones” in it which just screw up is fancy.) It isn’t that uncommon with stolen pictures, and if you find a corset that¬†costs half as much as one very identical, that “corset” is probably just¬†a cheap fake from the expensive one.

Still sceptic to the prices of corsets? Try to sew one.


Published in: on April 10, 2011 at 14:49  Leave a Comment  

Mr. Pearl – A corsetted vision

If I told you that you should know about the name Cathy Jung, you must know about the name Mr. Pearl.

The reason is simple; Mr. Pearl is one of the worlds most talented, appreciated and succesful modern corsetdesigner.

Mr. Pearl in one of his 18″ corsets, (before he started wear corsets he had a 30″ waist)¬†which he have been wearing day and night the last ten years.

Mr. Pearl, or Mark Pullin as his real name is, was born 43 years ago in South Africa as the first child to an english father and a half english, half dutch mother. He got one brother, Grant. His father worked as a toolmaker and his mother as a secretary.

Pullins father always wanted his son to become a lawyer or a doctor, but even since childhood Pullin have been encanted by ballet,¬†(he’s an old balletdancer)¬†corset and art. But exactly when, how and where did this huge fascination for corsets begin?

“My grandmother wore corsets so I became fascinated by them,” he sais. “They were always salmon-pink. She used to let me lace her up. It took a long time as there were lots of eyelets and laces, but it was a great treat.”

Under two years he was married to a South African actress, but in 1994 they split up and Pullin moved to London and became both corset-maker and Mr. Pearl. In 2002 Mr. Pearl leaved London for Paris, where his corset-art have been stationed since.

“How would you describe the feeling of wearing a corset to someone who has never had the opportunity to put one on? What fascinates you so much about the way they repress and transform the body?
“Permanent embrace” just about sums it up. There are also ways to behave when wearing a corset. Clients often have ideas or fantasies about this before the commissioning stage and later there is much to explore vis a vis heightened social interaction. In fact, the body becomes voluptuous and palpably “there” rather than repressed.”

There’s many famous faces who have been seen in a Mr. Pearl corset, among them is Dita von Teese. When you ask Dita about Mr. Pearl, this is her answer;

“I feel very fortunate to know this man who lives for glamour and keeps this lost art of corsetry as it once was alive and well. In this era when everyone wants everything quickly and cheaply, Mr Pearl is here for those of us that comprehend the true art of haute couture, understand the value of it and are patient enough to take the time to let it happen.”

Today have Pullin no contact with his family. Pullins father says that he knew that the boy was gay the first moment he saw him, but also says that hes hugly talented.

Which we just can agree with him about, or what do you say?


Mr. Pearl in 1999.

Sources: A fat chance Kylie! and Mr. Pearl: CoutureLab World.

Published in: on March 27, 2011 at 21:07  Comments (7)  

Some Laced Shops

Take a look at the widgets on the right.

Scroll down a bit.

Stay where the links are.

Then, you’ll got some links to Laced Shops (corset stores) – great corsets just don’t fall down from heaven, you gotta buy them…


Published in: on March 19, 2011 at 23:45  Comments (1)  

Breathing is unimportant

I’ve told you I Love corsets, right?

Unfortinately I don’t own any corset yet, but I’ve planned my two first ones and thought I could share some corset inspiration with you.

Lillys Workshop

This is a corset I’ve been in love with for a while, made by Lillys Workshop. It’s¬†typical steampunk.¬†You find it here.


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This corset is inspired from a corset made back in 1907. The pattern has been changed a bit to be more comfortable. The corset is from MFC.

This underbust corset with a high back and shoulder straps is¬†from FGM. I love this corsetmodel, and green taftea can never be wrong…


Published in: on March 18, 2011 at 14:17  Leave a Comment