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Cinched In, Laced Up, Quilted Rockstar

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FR Comp logo beginner WAlong with being a corsetier/fashion designer I am an artist and one of the things I love to incorporate most into my paintings is texture. I usually do this with fabric and other things. In fashion I love all of the luxury fabrics like satin, silk, lace, leather, and fur because I love the way they feel on the skin. I used to envision lining everything I made with satin. Now I know that's not very practical. With this corset I went for a quilted effect on an outer, jacket like layer for a very tactile element. The quilted lines are done in contrasting black thread to stand out on the magenta colored brocade and there is a jet black Swarovski crystal placed on each spot where the stitching crosses. the jacket pieces are sewn on in the back and meet off center in the front where they zip together with a gold zipper. This corset has all of the standard elements such as a coutil strength layer, steel bones, a gold front busk closure and gold grommets in the back with black satin ribbon for lacing. The ribbon ends are encased in gold floral stamped bolo tips for an added touch of elegance. The edges are bound in black satin and the lining is a black and white cotton Toile de Jouy (my signature I'd like to think). As a beginner I'm still working on learning how to fit the corset properly and come up with different patterns. This pattern originated from a Truly Victorian 1880's and I attempted to alter it to be a plunge corset. I feel like the bust could fit better, but I may have changed in size since I first patterned this corset. It is almost closed in these photos. What I love about corsetry is the seemingly endless amount of possibilities and ways of doing things though it does make it a bit difficult to navigate the ins and outs of exactly how to do some things correctly. I love the challenge though!  ~  Dress Diary

  This is badass, the zipped panel looks great!  
  Very adventurous, well done :-)  
  Really cool! And I love the daring color.  
  I love the quilted waist jacket, it's such a neat idea! And the contrast stitching was an excellent choice.  
  I love the bright colors!And the zipper rocks!  
  Interesting idea with the layered 'jacket' piece! Very biker chick! Well done!  
  Thanks so much everyone! What an amazing feeling to see corset designers I have long admired and looked up to seeing and commenting on my work! This must be what other people feel like getting a celebrities' autograph! ;-) This is my 7th or 8th corset I've made and I still feel like I'm just muddling through and hoping things work out. lol. It's very thrilling and frustrating at the same time that there seems to be a million different ways to do the same thing and no clear, clean set way to do stuff. Is that everyone's experience or just mine? I feel like I've found a million tiny pieces of the puzzle with bits of information everywhere but I don't have the picture to show how exactly they are supposed to fit together. If anyone knows of any corset making classes in the US I'd love to know about them! I am on Facebook at Quaintrelle Couture and I have an Etsy page at https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuaintrelleCouture though sadly I have not sold anything yet. :-/ Thanks again!  
  Wow, this is such a quirky design. I love the zip panel - it's a great bit of biker chic and your choice of fabric is spot-on. Beautiful work!  
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