Wednesday, 25 August 2010at 14:46
Some of the techniques that I have been working with recently sent my mind back to those quickly scribbled notes.
I spent a few days preparing the main fabric before finally deciding on the trim, I had two that jumped right out at me and begged to be made but this was the closest to my first vision and I can work with the other trim soon.
The corset is fully steel boned through out and the two part eyelets are set in to re enforced double boned channels for support when tight lacing.
Tuesday, 24 August 2010at 15:49
This has to be one of my favourite wedding corsets from 2010. The customer came to me with a concept in her head of the look she wanted to achieve with her wedding gown. and Having found a gorgeous, handmade, tuile skirt in just the right colour from Allie J Designs, she needed to complete the look with just the right corset. Her ideas were beyond gorgeous and there was no way to buy such a garment without having it custom made so armed with a sketch and exact specifications, we set to work creating the vision in her mind. We had a few emails discussing various elements. The keywords for the overall look of the garment were 'ethereal', distressed and 'elegant' using natural/coarse linens.
A few months earlier, I had experimented with a range of fabrics in my design diary, which were originally intended as a base for an embroidery project. Although these initial investigations created some beautiful results, they were incomplete and none were quite elegant enough. So I set to work a fresh. The beautiful thing about the skirt was how the colours, fabrics and effects blended so perfectly, so I really needed to make sure the corset melded/harmonised seamlessly into/with it. Destroying fabric is easy, distressing it elegantly is a little trickier!
Having a huge collection of vintage and rare trims available in the studio is such a blessing for any project, but particularly for ones like these. It gives me a lot of scope to play around with their placings and to find the most perfect match. It can be down to the smallest element to make the look a success, each piece has to be correctly positioned to get the best effect.