|Where are we….|
We are situated in the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside, Silsoe, just a stones throw from the lovely Georgian stately home Wrest Park, now run by the National Trust. (Lily Allen’s ‘The Fear’ video was shot here).
I started making garters (and lingerie) in the UK in 1984. If I don't have what you are looking for in stock you can take advantage of my special order service. Tel 077 8080 1102
I've always loved craft and I got that from my Mum...she was always a very creative person. We found an award in her things, a medal from Womans Own Magazine, where she won the Bronze award for the UK...
My Dad had no idea about fashion so by the age of 12, I was sewing all my own clothes, by hand, because my Dad didn’t think I was old enough to be ‘safe’ unsupervised with the sewing machine! My sister had a Saturday job in the local fabric shop and all my pocket money was spent in there. Skirts, blouses, dresses…. that was a lot of backstitch, it probably gave me the love of hand sewing I have now.
By 15 I thought I wanted to be a fashion designer and went on after school to do a Diploma in Fashion Design. I was working Saturdays at a lingerie store, and decided I to set up my own lingerie brand, custom making lingerie and nightwear.
When I left college I shared a shop in Luton with a dressmaker and a tailor. We each had our own workroom and display, which was lovely, but I outgrew the space and had to move to my own premises in Bute Street. Two years later I moved to the neighbouring town and opened ‘Sweet Nothings’ just off the high street.
I had fabulous staff, Linda had trained as a corsetiere in her teens and was a great asset, bra measuring and fitting and organising the models when we took part in Wedding Exhibitions and charity fashion shows. My sister Mary and her daughter helped too, in the shop and with the wedding exhibitions.
|At one of the wedding shows, my nightwear designs were on the catwalk, and by lucky chance the buyer from Moss Bros in Covent Garden was there and decided to buy a collection for their store. (At the time they were experimenting with ladies wear...). After that I was designing for several lingerie boutiques in England and Scotland.|
When my children came along, they came to work with me, it was a great time for all of us, they thought the customers just came to see them ;-)
In 2002 I set up the website www.sweetnothingslingerie.com to run side by side with the shop, but when my eldest started school, Linda wanted to retire and I decided to close the shop to be able to take them to and from school and be involved in their activities. We had been there 16 years and a lot of our customers had become good friends.
The website did well, but I was getting more and more orders for custom made garters and I decided to launch www.silkgarters.co.uk dedicated to bridal and fancy garters. The response was phenomenal and Mary’s daughter in law decided to take on Sweet Nothings, leaving me free to concentrate on Silk Garters.
I've supplied the ITV 'Loose Women' show with my blue and white personalised garter, embroidered with the words 'Loose Lady' and on Coronation street, 'Becky' Katherine Kelly wore one of my custom made garters in pink silk, embroidered with the words 'Good Luck'.
I love designing the garters on the website and it's exciting each week getting calls for your bespoke design ideas. I've started making garters that include sentimental items for people who want a precious item belonging to someone close to them, who couldn't be at the wedding... I know my Mum would have loved this...
I hope you enjoy browsing my Silk Garters website. If you need any advice on choosing a gift I'm just a phone call away. For your convenience you can now buy securely online.
Stock items are sent out next day first class, however I can't hold all items in stock, there are over 200 designs on the website with different colour and size choices too. If your order is urgent please contact me, call and leave a message or text 077 8080 1102 and I'll get back to you asap.
Special order /personalised items may take up to 10 working days for dispatch. Then sent out by Royal Mail, first class, which may take 1-3 days.
Special delivery is also now offered (although quite often not needed, please feel free to ring and check 077 8080 1102) and if you can't find what you are looking for please contact me, and I'll answer your queries ASAP.
Thank you for purchasing the charity wedding garter, to date £275 has been given to Keech Hospice care, below is one of their emails....
Thank you so much for organising the sale of the Charity wedding garter via your website. The £100 you raised for Keech will be used to support terminally ill children and their parents from across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes. I have listed some examples of how we would spend your very kind donation and am so pleased that you are able to add this to your website. This is very valuable publicity for us, so thank you for all your help. Kind regards Sue Sue Clarke
Corporate & Trusts Fundraising Manager
Keech Hospice Care