Commissions

If you like my work, why not commission me to make something custom and completely unique for you?

 

Have as little or as much input as you like!

I know not everyone's a designer and I'd be happy to work with you to turn your concept into a concrete idea.

Costumes for everyone!

I make costumes
for every
size and shape,
no exceptions.

Inspiration from any source!

I can work from photos, fashion plates, sketches or even fabrics that you've found.

Queries are free!

There's no need to go ahead with an order if you decide against it or the price wasn't what you were expecting.

 
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How to go about commissioning me:

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Step 1: Message me

Commissions start with a casual conversation through my email or social media regarding what you would like. After a couple of questions, I can give you a quote and you can decide whether not you want to go ahead with the order.

Step 2: Payment

I usually do custom orders through paypal as I can easily write out an invoice and send it to you so you have a record of the payment. You do not need a paypal account and all I need is your email to send the invoice to. I put my terms and conditions at the bottom of every invoice, or you can also find them below.


Once I have received your payment, I will purchase any fabric needed, ask for relevant measurements and let you know when I start making your product.

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Step 3: Making

This is the most time-consuming part! I often have multiple orders on at any given time so please feel free to message me for updates. Otherwise, I will message you when I've finished your product or if I need your input on any design decisions. If you have told me that you need your product by a certain date I will make sure to get it done by then with time for shipping.

Step 4: Shipping

Unless we have discussed otherwise, I will send your parcel through Royal Mail with a tracking number that I will share with you. I often include a note, so if you are buying for someone else please let me know their name and I can include it in the parcel.

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Step 5: Enjoy!

Fingers crossed the product you receive is what you were expecting and fits you well. If you would like to leave me a review for my website you can either message me or fill in the form at the bottom of the page! If you are unhappy with your product in any way you can reach out to me and we can come to an amiable arrangement.

 

Terms and Conditions

 

Payment

Payment must be sent upon receiving this invoice, unless an alternate arrangement has been discussed beforehand. I will not start working on your order until payment has been received as I need to cover costs for fabric and ensure you are committed to commissioning me.

Processing Time

I try to complete every order within a two month time frame from when the order was first placed, unless a completion date has been given. If you have not already discussed an end date with me and need your product within a certain time frame, please contact me in the same way that you placed the order and make me aware.

Alterations

If you are not happy with the fit of your product then I will gladly alter it for you. Unfortunately return postage must be paid by the customer but I will not ask any extra for the cost it takes to send back to you. Please contact me if you would like me to alter an item for you.

Exchanges

Due to the custom nature of my products, I can not offer exchanges. The only exception to this would be my ‘standard’ size range, for example my Victorian or Regency corsets, which I can swap for a smaller size if desired. Return postage must be paid by the customer and time must be allowed for the new corset to be made.

Returns

If you are really not happy with your product and would not be satisfied with an alteration or exchange, reach out to me and I can issue you a refund. Returning the product you are unhappy with would be appreciated, but not necessary for me to issue you a refund.

Cancellations

I will only accept cancellations within the first 24 hours upon your payment of the invoice. If you contact me within that time frame I can issue you a refund.

Testimonials

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Georgian Working Class Outfit

'It fits great, and I really appreciate how much is handsewn!'

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Custom Garters

'Aisha must be a mind reader because from my very bad explanation of what I wanted, she created exactly what I had envisioned! They’re so gorgeous and brilliantly made - really good quality and feel like they’ll last really well.'

Custom Waistcoat

'The waistcoat is so so beautiful in person. It already looked wonderful in photos but of course, nothing is like actually holding it in your hands.'

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Edwardian Combinations

'Gorgeous item, so well made and fits brilliantly! Beautifully packaged too'

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Custom Nightgown

'... as a fan of historical clothing I love how accurate to the time period with draw strings at the waist and neckline as well. The packaging was lovely as well and it was just as enjoyable to open.'

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Custom Georgian Gown

'Wonderful!! She does really good work & she is very easy to communicate with ❤️'

Edwardian Combinations

'Beautiful combinations that arrived quickly in gorgeous packaging. Aisha was super helpful about fit and design, and very communicative. I look forward to more purchases from her!'

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Corded Petticoat

'So this was exceptionally packaged and so darn beautiful! I will definitely order again! Wish I could rate higher than 5 stars.'

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Edwardian Combinations

'... it fits well, really nice design and is finished off to a very high standard I am delighted with it and appreciate your hard work.'

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Georgian Corset

'Lovely set of stays at a very good price. Arrived far quicker than expected. Would recommend.'

Victorian Corset

'Thank you for my lovely corset, which is extremely well made, attention to detail and very neat. And it is so comfortable - flexible but firm. Highly recommend Perfect Little Parcel for your custom historical clothing!!'

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Fichu

'So this was exceptionally packaged and so darn beautiful! I will definitely order again! Wish I could rate higher than 5 stars.'

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Corset Commissions

I have made the information for corset commissions separate as they are their own genre and have a lot of variations. I get a lot of the same questions so hopefully I can answer some of them here before you message me about your exciting commission!

 
 

Patterns

Unless otherwise specified, I hand-draft patterns from Mandy Barrington’s book ‘Stays and Corsets’. This allows me to make corset patterns to your specific measurements instead of making them to a standard size which doesn’t always fit every shape. That being said, I still do offer standard sizes for a few of my patterns and use commercial patterns when a certain style of corset isn’t laid out in Mandy’s book.

I try as many patterns on myself as possible before offering them for sale just to see how they should fit the body and if there are any quirks in the pattern. I wear corsets every day so I consider myself an experienced corset wearer, and I use that knowledge to create corsets that are both wearable in a modern context and also create the correct historical shape for the period.

I can also offer just the pattern if you would like to make a corset for yourself but can’t find the right pattern. It will have to be a physical copy though as I’m still trying to get the hang of digitising patterns!

 

Fabric

Corsets are usually best suited to either twill or coutil, depending on the era and the look you want. If you want a very specific pattern or colour, I can use these as backing and finish your corset with a decorative top fabric. There are some beautiful patterned coutils out there so please do ask if that’s something you’d like.

 
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Boning

There are three boning options; false whalebone, steel and spiral. False whalebone is the closest thing we have nowadays to what would have been used on corsets before the mid-1800s, when whaling was still a thing. It's made from plastic and moulds to the contours of your body with heat so the more you wear it, the better your corset will fit you. Steel is simply strips of steel coated in plastic to prevent rust, and spiral bones are used a lot in modern corsetry as they provide a lot of flexibility but also a lot of support. 

I am very bony, so I find corsets made from false whalebone are far more comfortable and I would usually recommend false whalebone over steel. If you feel as though you need extra support, however, then steel is the way to go! 

 

Extras

As you are commissioning your own personal corset, you can have it made to your own design, down to the very fine details!

There are two types of busk, straight and spoon. Spoon busks were widely used in the Victorian era as they gave more support to rounded figures, cupping the stomach instead of flattening it. Spoon busks are beautiful, but I would not recommend them if you have no stomach (like me) as there’s nothing to cup, meaning that they just dig uncomfortably into the stomach. Busks are also available in different colours, so if you would like a contrasting busk just let me know!

I can also offer period details such as:

  • Cording

  • Embroidery

  • Flossing

  • Quilting

  • Hand-bound eyelets

Adding details like these are my favourite things to do, but they do take time so they will add to the cost! You end up with a truly gorgeous corset though that is completely and utterly unique to you.

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Measurements

If you are purchasing a hand-drafted corset, then I will need these measurements from you:

Bust

Under Bust 

Waist 

Mid-Hip

Hip

Neck 

Nape to waist

Waist to Hip

Across Back

Across Chest

Point to Point

I have a couple of pictures I can send to you to help you with these and, as always, you can message me if you’re struggling with anything.  I would recommend taking measurements without a bra, but if you need one to keep them ‘in check’, as it were, make sure to use one with as little padding as possible.

I personally like working using the metric system, so if you’re able to give your measurements in cms that would be ideal.

If you would like to purchase a corset in one of my ‘standard sizes’, you can find the measurement table below.

I have since added a size 20, measuring bust: 112cm, waist: 94cm and hip: 118cm.

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Aisha's Top Tips

  • If you know certain quirks about your body, either as is or while wearing a corset, that is always helpful for me! For example, I know that I have a long torso so I make sure to take that into consideration when using a commercial pattern.

  • If you have an ideal waist reduction, please do let me know as I can include this in my pattern.


  • I am a very tiny person with a small bust and protruding bones, so that’s where my experience in corsetry lies. If you are anything other than that and have worn corsets in the past, please do let me know your experience, good or bad, so I know where to focus when making corsets for those of different sizes.

  • A note on perfection; every corset I make is done by hand so they will not be perfect. However, if there is something you think to be glaringly wrong, please do let me know as sometimes I am working too closely to notice. And please excuse any blood stains, I often say that a corset isn’t finished without shedding at least a little blood on what is usually white fabric!

 

So that’s everything! You’re ready to reach out to me to commission your own corset- just let me know if you have a particular style/era in mind, or if you have any pics of the kind of thing you would like. If you would like some inspiration, you can check out my portfolio for corsets I have made in the past for both myself and other people.