I’m the owner of French Meadows, and I also handle a few other tasks such as designing, sewing, customer service, shipping, ordering, marketing, research and development, styling, photography, editing, or in other words… everything!
I learned corset-making in college during my studies to be a fashion designer, and throughout my college education, corsets were always on my mind. After college I worked in the fashion industry in many capacities in sewing, costuming, and patternmaking, but I continued making corsets as a hobby. In January of 2018 I started selling my corsets on Etsy as an experiment. As interest in my work started to develop, corset making quickly took over my life. Many late nights and weekends were spent at my sewing machine, and the endless rolls of fabric stashed around my living room were constantly outgrowing their space.
I eventually took the giant step of leaving my full time job to focus on French Meadows, and I’m so glad I did! The support for slow-fashion and sustainably-made products has been overwhelming, and it brings me so much joy that people would continue to support brands that focus on caring for people and the environment.
In today’s world, the majority of clothing items are mass produced in an offshore factory where working conditions are unsafe, living wages are scarce, and environmental sustainability is superseded by profit. Slow fashion is just the opposite. When clothing items are individually made, there is less fabric waste, workers can get paid what they deserve, and artisans are enabled to make a living doing something they enjoy and are passionate about. Small businesses are able to make better choices about what’s best for the environment when purchasing materials and packaging/shipping supplies, and the overall impact on the environment is exponentially less.
We all know that “one size fits all” has never been true, but fast fashion brands continue to produce standard sized clothing that only really fit a handful of people. Slow fashion items can be completely customized to fit your body, and these items are made to last many years, as opposed to fast fashion items which can be washed only 3 or 4 times before they fall apart.
At French Meadows, we are committed to providing you with items that will be cherished and cared after for many years. Thank you for supporting slow fashion and joining us in making the future a better place to live.
To see more behind the scenes photos and videos, follow me on Instagram @french.meadows or on TikTok @frenchmeadows
All made-to-order items are handmade in Portland, Oregon. This means that your item will take some time for us to make — typically between 6-10 weeks, depending on our current order volume.
You can guarantee your processing time by selecting a Priority Processing Upgrade from the drop-down menu.
Please note that the processing time does not include shipping time. For example, an item purchased today with a 4 week processing time will be shipped 4 weeks from today.
Standard size corsets/stays are considered made-to-order unless otherwise noted. For custom fit items, this processing time begins from the time you submit your measurements. Failure to submit your measurements in a timely manner could result in your order being delayed.
Please note that the estimated delivery date is just an estimate. We only have a small team of fairies to help pattern, cut, sew, and ship your order, so sometimes orders can get delayed by a week or two. If you need your order by an exact date, we highly recommend adding Priority Processing to your order.
*Please note that the estimated delivery date will not update on this page, regardless of which Processing option you select.