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Blue Lotus

Kayleigh-Anne Steel, Stafford, UK

IG: kayleighanne_costumes

 

The Design

My inspiration for this piece was the lotus flower, a flower that I have always admired and looked at as a symbol of renewal and growth. The idea of a flower that is so beautiful and delicate, despite growing in the dirtiest of waters, has strong emotional connections to me and I believed that this was the perfect inspiration for a corset dress.

 

The Construction

I began by adapting a historical pattern from the book Stays & Corsets into a cupped corset, using the Foundations Revealed tutorial by Barbara Pesendorfer, and then further adapted this pattern after a mock-up into a corset dress, following the tutorial on Foundations Revealed by Charlotte Aurora Marsden. I attempted to use only fabrics in my stash or 100% natural fabrics in this project to add to the sustainability aspect of the competition. After flat-tacking the duchess satin to the coutil, I stitched each panel together, then inserted the bra cups and petal details, before inserting the boning, lining, the eyelets and finally attaching the skirt. During the construction of this dress, I used many techniques for the first time, including my first use of waist tape and boning tape, and in fact, constructing a corset dress with cups. I believe my main challenge was the time constraints that I had placed upon myself and, as a result, my finished garment is not to the standard that I would have previously hoped, which has given me plenty to improve upon in future.

 

Materials Used

Duchess satin, cotton coutil, cotton poplin, silk georgette, net, synthetic whalebone.

 

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

I was very nervous about entering, but the Facebook group is such a supportive community and calmed any nerves I had. I would recommend anyone to give it a go!

 

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kitty mortensen
This is beautiful, I'm so glad you entered I'd have been sad to have missed our on seeing this entry. Gorgeous colours as well, it captures the lotus flawlessly
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Corinne Carpenter
You did a fantastic job. The colors are so beautiful.
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It's beautiful, I love the flower cups! Corset dresses are so intimidating to me, and it looks great!
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Rossanne Hamilton
I love the silhouette so much, and the petals are really creative

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certainsundries
Gorgeous colors! Lotuses are perfect for this theme!
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mollyc
The fit is amazing. I love the lotus detail on the bust, and that blue color is great. You did a gorgeous job on this!
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Suzanne
This dress is so fun! It is a beautiful color, and the lotus flower cups are beautiful.
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rebecca_robinson
I love the creativity in making the cups into lotus flowers. Making a corset dress is such a big project too, especially with time constraints, you did a great job!
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kirstymitchell
Really inspired by the petal design on the cups. Looks fantastic.
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Olive
WOWZA! This is beautiful! I love especially how you constructed the lotus petals. :D
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Susan
I love it
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bernadettebanner
This is such a feat of architectural achievement! Well done!
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Joy R.
The way it skims over you and floofs out is striking!
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arianabauer
Lovely work and way to go tackling all of the new techniques. It is stunning and that color, I just love it!
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Heather
Gorgeous. Great job.
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cmurph03
You really did an amazing job working with all these new techniques. It came out beautifully.
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lyrisdesign
Well done, a lovely design and I have so much respect for you tackling all those difficult elements like bust cups and the long corset dress. The lotus petals are a great idea!
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Lenora
I love your concept for this! It turned out very well smile
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jema
A corset dress is an impressive challenge to complete, and drafting for cups too! very well done!
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Jennifer Stone
That blue is just gorgeous, the fit is amazing, you really did a lot of work here. Well done!
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klarahall
The corset dress looks like it would fit a mermaid perfectly - love it!
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sauve piecemaker
I do like what you have done with the cups and your storytelling gave what ever designer dress needs. It is beautiful!
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olafsonv
That is so amazing!
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Katrina Ehrnman-Newton
Firstly, compliments to you for taking on not just a corset, but a corset DRESS, with time constraints. That is brave, bold, and beautiful just like what you've made here. Secondly, I feel like adding that sparkly brooch adds a magical girl / Sailor Moon touch that I for one am very into. Well done!
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Gallagher Green
I love this, it has a great fairytale and mermaid feel to it. Just wonderful!
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royalblack
First of all - mad respect for taking on so many challenges with your entry!
Cups, corset dresses, the petal detailing... all of these are not easy to execute, but you have mastered it beautifully.
You can be proud of yourself for what you have achieved.

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lcostigliolo
Beautiful corset dress! Well done for choosing such a hard challenge! It was worth it!
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You can't beat a bit of bra detailing! I thought about the lotus flower as an option too - really love how you have incorporated the petals into the design.
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AV
such an interesting silhouette, and the lotus petals are just lovely!
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paulay71
Lovely fit and I love the cup detailing of the the lotus petals.
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vanyanis
What a beautiful design! I love your lotus flower inspiration Kayleigh-Anne. The details on the cups is beautiful. Did you hand paint the petals? Cups are really challenging, as is a corset dress! You really pushed yourself with this entry and you've done really well. Good on you for trying so many new things and challenging yourself. You should be really proud!
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kayleigh23
Thank you! I actually dip dyed the petals, holding and positioning them to get the right effect was a bit tricky though so hand painting may have been easier, haha!
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marloes dadswell
Wow! The petalled cups are gorgeous and the fit of the corset dress is fabulous!
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kikkii
So impressed with this. Love love love the petals :)
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