California Thistle  California Thistle

California Thistle

 

California Thistle

Molly Cahill, California, U.S. 

IG: madcap_molly

 

The Design

My inspiration for this project was the thistles that grow abundantly in the foothills in the area where I live. I used to see them all the time when I went hiking and riding in the area when I was growing up. I vividly remember the smell of the coyote brush and the way the thistles would snag on my clothes when I took horse riding lessons during the summer. The blue color of the corset and the white lace are meant to reflect the sky, and the green and purple flossing are meant to represent the thistle that grew along the trails.

 

The Construction

This is the first corset I have ever constructed and the pattern I used was the 1860s Gored Corset pattern by Redthreaded. The base layer is cotton coutil which I flat lined with a fashion layer of crepe back silk satin and a fusible interlining. The boning channels are attached on the inside by top stitching through all layers using silk thread. the edges are bound using the satin fashion fabric and fusible interfacing I cut into bias strips. I flossed the corset using embroidery thread and whip stitched the lace along the top edge. The main fit issue I had was in the bust area, but I was able to correct this by reducing the bust gusset size and not slashing the pattern as low. I have never sewn with satin before but the tips on dealing with difficult materials I found here on Foundations were invaluable. I think this was also where I found the stitch pattern for the flossing.

 

Materials Used

Cotton coutil, steel busk, spiral steel boning, straight steel boning, silk crepe back satin, Chinese silk embroidery thread, polyester lace, cotton twill tape, cotton bone casing, silk sewing thread.

 

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

I had a lot of fun doing this, even if I was down to the wire to finish it, but the competition inspired me to push myself further than I would have otherwise. Definitely worth it.

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kitty mortensen
I love thistles and this entry embodies that, the flossing is beautiful. This is gorgeous
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Rossanne Hamilton
Ooo gores! I'm too intimidated to try them at the moment. They look so well done, and I love the trimming at the top
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certainsundries
What a great idea... I feel like I'm out in a field under a sky with fluffy clouds and lots of grass & thistle, from how you wrote! You created a lovely piece!
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That flossing is absolutely stunning!
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Madeline
The flossing is amazing and I love the color pallet you went with!
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rebecca_robinson
You tackled so many firsts here, I think this is amazing as your first corset! The flossing is so sweet too :)
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kirstymitchell
Wow, first corset! This is beautiful and the flossing is adorable.
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Olive
This is beautiful and I never would have imagined this was your first corset! I love the colors and I can imagine they look even prettier in person. A sucker for thistles, I definitely love what you've created here! :)
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bernadettebanner
I am absolutely living for that delicate thistle flossing—it brings so much joy to the corset design!
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Joy R.
I'm so glad you chose thistles! The flossing pattern you designed is stunning.
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arianabauer
Oooh, lovely hand flossing. I love your concept and that you were inspired by an "everyday" flower that are really so pretty.
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cmurph03
The flossing is amazing and it's hard to believe this is your first corset. It turned out beautifully.
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lyrisdesign
Beautiful work, especially achieving such a lovely sleek corset with such a slippery fabric. I adore the flossing, absolutely stunning!
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jema
What gorgeous flossing! very well done with working out a good fit on the bust for you too!
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Lenora
I must confess, I skipped past the title of your entry without reading it at first. I went straight to the pictures and instantly knew those were thistle flowers in the flossing. I am transfixed! Your corset is beautifully done, your inspiration has been interpreted beautifully, and the flossing is absolutely stunning. I'm in love with this corset!
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some flossing to do. lol

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klarahall
I can just say the same as everybody else - the. flossing. is. amazing. Thank you for sharing your work with us!
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sauve piecemaker
I really like the way you decided to embellish your finish project. It is beautiful.
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royalblack
Thistles are among my most favourite flowers and it made me so happy to see it used in such a beautiful way.
It's hard to believe that this is the first corset you have made. The construction and fit looks so neat - you can be very proud of yourself!

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lcostigliolo
What a beautiful piece. The fitting is great and the flossing is delightful!
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carolinewoollin
This is amazing for your first corset - and with such difficult fabric as well! So pretty.
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paulay71
This is beautiful and the flossing is gorgeous.
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Gallagher Green
Beautiful work.
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klarahall
As everybody else I'm in love with the flossing. I am glad you pushed yourself to take part in the competition with this corset, I had forgotten how beatiful thistles are but you reminded me. Thank you!
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What a gorgeous corset Molly! I love your flossing detail and the colour palette of your design - it's so fresh and 'springlike'. Well done on challenging yourself to work with a tricky fabric - you did really really well!
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marloes dadswell
I adore the tiny flossing and beautiful lines of your corset. So delicate en well executed!
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kikkii
The colour palate is so lovely, and the flossing is just adorable! <3 I love how the lace is basically tiny fluffy clouds :)
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saule_myrthe
It looks beautiful, and the flossing really sets it apart!
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