Victorianesque Underbust Corset

    

Not a true Victorian corset with its short length on the body but the seams follow a classic Victorian shape which allows for a greater cinch at the waist. It is made using a layer of Herringbone cotton canvas lined in calico. The bones are spiral steel which I haven’t used before. I was amazed with how flexible and strong it is so I am hoping to be able to see it perform in a wedding dress soon.

     

The pattern was drafted by wrapping my lovely fit model in cling film and duct tape. Lots of pinching let me determine where we could get the best reduction. My next version will need double the amount of eyelets down the back, edged with flat steel but on the whole I am really happy with how this turned out.

Long line underbust Corset

After years of making boned dresses I finally had an opportunity to try my hand at the more technical world of corsetry. (Secretly I was always looking for an excuse)

This corset was made with 2 pieces of plastic boning per seam. The pattern doesn’t allow for a strong cinch at the waist so steel would have been wasted. The fabric is a print by Catherine Martin, with its reference to Lyrebird tail feathers I had to have it even though I had no idea how I was going to match the print at the seams. The binding, flossing and lacing offer a little contrast but are still tonal with the main print fabric.

An enormous thank you to Meg on who these patterns are based. For all your patience from the first draft to the final posing.

Watercolour

 

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Floral dress is Zac posen – on runway

 

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For the bridesmaidsLovely watercolour look fabrics from talented Japanese designer Nani Iro

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Try Etsy for invitation designers using…..

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Here is a simple tutorial for making watercolour table numbers, the technique could be applied to any of your wedding stationary. The lovely textured paper is essential and it should be available at any art supplier along with the latex masking agent used.

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Here some lovely watercolour dipped paper cups used for holding lovely little floral arrangements.

 

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Eliza Doolittle

Some times I get to do projects that are really fun.

For a black and white themed party dedicated to Audrey Hepburn there really was no other dress to make.

Because this is a costume I cleated a little. The lace and lining is a stretch fabric. This makes the pattern making and fitting easier. The black and white ribbon were made from strips of satin.

The hat was more troublesome and it isn’t sitting quite as angled as it should, This was a small concession to the neck of the wearer. A base was made of Buckram and then covered in black and white satin.

my fair lady cosplay

 

Velvet for a luxe winter celebration

I spent a little time looking for wedding dresses in velvet, It could have been the pictures or the fact most were from the 20’s or 30’s but I couldn’t find anything mind blowing. I will have to have a look at some white or ivory velvet the next time I am in a fabric shop and see how it behaves.

Velvet is amazing in rich colours and I have complied below a selection of ideas.

A subtle detail

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Flowers with the look of velvet

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A touch of Vintage

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Chic bridesmaids

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Bridal show – Taffeta Mermaid

For the first time in a long time I am back adding to my blog. I did just have a baby and move house and I am sticking to that excuse.

I have a few more dresses from the Weddings coast style 2015 which I haven’t added and I am going to put that to right straight away.

This dress was a chance for me to experiment. I planned the shape and knew I wanted ruffles at the hem but had no set idea about how I wanted to do them. This gave me a chance to do a lot of experiments. In the end a mix of tulle and taffeta frills and rosettes was the winner.

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Beaded lace bridal hair piece

One great pleasure for anyone who does any sewing is working with amazing fabric. I was lucky enough to be able to work with some exquisite beaded lace which leant itself beautifully to being used for a hair piece.

The way most laces are made mean that they won’t fray so it is possible to clip out the details and use them in creative ways. For this hair piece each layer and petal was wired individually to lift them up and give volume to the finished floral spray.

The image at the top shows the hair piece tucked into a lovely soft up-do.

Below are close ups showing the front and the back. The wire visible from the back as well as the clear comb. I would usually cover the comb base in some silk but in this case the lace was so delicate that the invisible comb was much more subtle.

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