Moonstone by June Marston Moonstone by June Marston 

Moonstone by June Marston Moonstone by June MarstonMoonstone by June Marston

Moonstone by June Marston  

  

 

Moonstone

June Marston, UK

 

The Design

Walking around in the heat of the old Sri Lankan capitals of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, I found the carvings under my feet fascinating. The entrance to each temple is dressed with a “Moonstone”: these intricately carved, semi-circular stones are embossed with animals, flames and foliage, each symbolising various stages of Buddhist life. Millions of bare feet have trodden over the stones, yet, despite their age, the carvings are still discernible today. These hot stones massaged my feet as I walked into the temple ruins with bare feet.

Thus, the decision for the front of the corset was an easy one: I wanted the relief work and the shape on the front to be the main focus, and this would be more prominent with a single colour, to resemble the stone. However, the sides and back were more of an issue; I felt the back needed some colour. I also visited the cave temples at Dambulla: the five main caves are spectacularly decorated with hundreds of golden Buddha statues, surrounded by plinths, columns and ceilings painted in red, black and blue. I took inspiration from the checked pattern, which when painted onto the rock of the cave ceiling, looked like draping fabric above our heads. The geometric lotus flower design adorned the plinths of some of the statues.

 

The Construction

I wanted to emphasise the semicircular shape and relief of carving of the moonstone. Having only made one over-bust corset before, under tuition, I decided to base the design on “The Dore” pattern by Laughing Moon. The standard pattern stops at mid bust, so I needed to extend it vertically upwards to form a semi circle, which stands away from the body. A busk would have spoiled the line and embossing of the stone, so I decided to proceed without.

Needing to resemble stone, cotton was chosen as fashion fabric. Herringbone coutil formed the strength layer, with 5 spiral steel bones in the front panel. The top layer comprises 2 layers of fabric, using free motion machine embroidery to form the elephants and horses. Each animal had the back layer slit, then stuffed. The rest of the moonstone design is quilted with wadding, carefully matching the concentric rings across the three pattern pieces.

Each side panel is boned mid-piece and near the seam, the panels being too thick to facilitate the usual in-seam boning. Not wanting any boning channel stitching to be visible from the exterior, cotton boning channels were added to the coutil before adding the outer layer. There are 14 spiral steel bones and four flat steel bones supporting the eyelets.

The chequered pattern was created as patch-work in a single piece, then cut to pattern match. The lotus flowers are machine appliquéd onto the black fabric then attached to the patchwork.

 

What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?

Just go for it! I had not made many clothes for myself for over 20 years. Albeit that for the last five years I have been working in a clothing alterations shop, but would really like to get back to designing and making clothes and corsets. With the last of my children having left the nest, I now feel like I need a new challenge and to give my confidence a bit of a boost.

 

 

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galadriel
That patchwork! Wow! This is stunning, congratulations .
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certainsundries
I'm so in love with that embossing work! What a cool idea, and so nicely done!
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Nikki Michael
Beatiful, simply stunning.
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Bluevanwoman
Beautiful, simply stunning.
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jema
Wow that quilting! What a beautiful and clever interpretation. The carved front and colourful back of the corset is a real joy to look at, so much detail, and it really works as a complete outfit too
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June
Thank you Jema, The fabric was a 10 metre length I bought in Sri Lanka. I hoped it would work with the corset. It is still intact too after much wrapping and tucking to make it look like I wanted it to.
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bernadettebanner
This is incredible! The colors, the fit, the patchwork and appliqué--very very impressive!
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royalblack
Simply stunning!!
That quilting and patchwork must have taken ages, but it has payed off for sure! It's hard to believe that you haven't made anything for yourself in such a long time, looking at such beautiful craftsmanship.

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lyrisdesign
Very beautifully and creatively made, especially the embossed effect on the front.
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kitty mortensen
I get goosebums looking at this, it is so fantastic! I absolutely love the textured front and the colourful back. I am so impressed
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I am deeply impressed by all the details you worked into your piece. The front is exquisite, I need to see it up close, this stitching is so beautiful! <3 And I really want to go to Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa now, exploring those ruins and temples by my own <3
And the back with the color, the pattern matching, the lotus flowers and the pimpel binding is also gorgeous!

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theperfecttouchvictorian
Such incredible thought to putting your inspiration into this beautiful corset! I love the trapunto!
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rebecca_robinson
Such a creative design with amazing quilting! Well done
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elly_morris
Your quilting and patchwork are beautiful. It must have taken ages. It's brilliant and beautifully done.
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lemieux
I love your take on the stones and the way you embossed the front. The back is beautiful too but I'm smitten with that embossing.
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laurata
I would love to see the front up close. What incredible work you've done! I love the texture. You've really brought your inspiration to life.
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chesla
Love the patchwork and quilted front! This must have taken you ages! So beautiful :) x
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The fabric treatments are amazing, and the result is fantastic !
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quilleth
This is such an interesting concept! And the quilting and piecework is so pretty!
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This must have been a real labour of love. The decoration is really impactful. I see the idea for the patchwork when I look at the cave temples but my first thoughts were the queen of hearts. And I wish I could see more of your quilting, what a great idea with a really exciting 3 dimensional effect.
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June
Thank you so much Kirsty, This is my first attempt at quilting apart from straight lines when I made a sewing machine cover. I have found out that my machine is not keen on free motion sewing, I learnt a lot and very quickly!
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Paula Yeomans-Hill
I love the relief work on the front and the patchwork is gorgeous.
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paulay71
Love the relief work and the patchwork is gorgeous.
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sophia_k
I adore the quilting work!
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renee_shaeffer
I've never seen anything like this. Very creative and well done!
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lcostigliolo
I am in awe of the quilting in the front, it's such an amazing piece of sculptural work. The patchwork is lovely and fun!
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reiray
Your quilting skills are out of this world! Amazing!
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marloes dadswell
The quilted detail work is so well executed! Had to zoom in and will do so again once I finish typing this. Can't get enough of those elephants!
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Mind blown on the embroidery work - the match between the picture of your inspiration and the corset is simply perfect!
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peacecat3
What unique inspiration! And what a groovy fusion of techniques I associate w/quilting (trapunto [beautiful work, by the way!!! wow!] and square piecing and applique) with corsetry! This is a work of art.
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