For me architecture is a construction of beauty on the outside and function on the inside. Old buildings and abandoned factories have often been a goal for my photo safaris. In decay the foundation often shines through, soft and curvy shapes, plaster, old electricity wire and armatures. I get inspired by the small things, often textures of white. Soft wire is an beginner's attempt to sew a corset from non-corset materials but materials with the soft texture of an old building and times gone by.
Base material for corset, one soft loosely woven vintage linen curtain, Bondaweb for fusing, vintage lightweight tissue linen fabric for linings, and bobbin lace thread 60/2 and 80/2 for hand sewing. Polyester thread for machine seams.
Being a beginner to sewing corsets, facing body shape reality was one of the hardest challenges to overcome. I wanted to make a corset that fitted me and I really really wanted to sew one of those silky lacy things of beauty you see on everybody else. After a reality check I decided it might be easier for a beginner like me to try to learn how to draft my pattern based on the fact that I am lopsided, have a curved spine, concave chest, protruding ribs on one side and no breasts. Attempting to convert a commercial pattern to fit me is way out of my league.
I have had a self study membership since October on Foundations Revealed and find the site very resourceful. Another challenge was not to lose focus when reading and listening to so much information with so many tips on how to sew.
What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?
It is a challenge but it is worth the effort.