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Edwardian Blue Butterfly   Edwardian Blue Butterfly by Jeanette Murray   

Edwardian Blue Butterfly by Jeanette Murray   Edwardian Blue Butterfly by Jeanette Murray   

Edwardian Blue Butterfly by Jeanette Murray

 

Edwardian Blue Butterfly - Runner Up in the Beginner category

Jeanette Murray, North Carolina, USA

 

The Design

2017 was a year of great change for me and my family, and coming out the other side in a more beautiful spirit has been inspirational. I joined Foundations Revealed during 2017 and decided to participate in the 2018 Contest with the theme Insects. I committed to a design from an era I truly love: Edwardian. The Karner Blue Butterfly is endangered in my birth area of the Midwestern United States and I chose to pay tribute to that fragile insect in my design.

The Construction

I have made two corsets in my life! One corset was during an online class, the second from a difficult pattern, so committing to creating a corset was my first challenge. Spending money on truly beautiful fabrics and then cutting those fabrics into pieces was a nail biter!

I scoured and devoured every Foundations Revealed article I could find covering beginning corsetry. I chose to overlay the basic corset with embroidered net and pattern design was an eye-crossing event. My greatest challenge, however, was my own self doubt. Finishing the project, and seeing that beautiful silk fly on the breeze and the corset butterflies catch the sun as I took photos melted that doubt. I did it!!

More details on my blog

 

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

The competition is both exhilarating and humbling at the same time. To feel you have accomplished something and then see a photo of the incredible work someone else has accomplished can tear you apart. But in the end, doing the best you can do and being proud of even taking the plunge, is a satisfying and empowering process. Do it!

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This is stunning - cannot believe you have only made 2 corsets before!
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theperfecttouchvictorian
Thank you so very much, carolinewoollin ! Every step was a stress test!
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Claire Green
Only 2 corset before? wow... lovely work!
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theperfecttouchvictorian
Thank you, Claire! I still can't believe I did it!
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sophia_k
Like how the finished edge of the lace was used.
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theperfecttouchvictorian
Thank you, Sophia! It was too beautiful to cut!
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laurata
The 3D effect from the spare butterflies is lovely! Nice work on the mirroring on the right and left sides of the busk. The whole ensemble is so polished. ?
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theperfecttouchvictorian
Thank you, laurata! I worked very hard to have the symmetry since with a corset shape I couldn't really pattern match each panel. Next corset will be plain. :)
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fairview
I love the way the lace extends past the corset around the bottom edge.
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theperfecttouchvictorian
Thank you, fairview! The lace was a lovely, lucky find!
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lcostigliolo
Lovely work! I love the curvy shape at the back. The detached butterfly wings are very effective!
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theperfecttouchvictorian
Thank you, Luca! Not as much curvy shape in this era compared to Victorian but still a nice line, I think. The wings are very fun and I hope pull the design together where the pattern matching wasn't possible.
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lyrisdesign
Really beautiful, I love the design!
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theperfecttouchvictorian
Thank you, lyrisdesign! It was a wonderful project!
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jema
beautifully executed idea with really lovely lines and a great use of fabric
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theperfecttouchvictorian
Thank you, Jema! It was that beautiful fabric that made me so nervous!
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aprix13
The embroidered net you choose is fabulous!
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theperfecttouchvictorian
Thank you, aprix13! I probably looked at 100 possibilities before choosing and was so lucky it was more beautiful than I had thought!
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royalblack
It's indeed hard to believe that this is only your 3rd(!) corset ever!
The pattern matching has turned out great and the shape and construction also look really good. Well done!

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theperfecttouchvictorian
Thank you so very very much, royalblack! I probably won't do many more corsets than these 3 unless I purchase a grommet setter. :)
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paulay71
Beautiful and dramatic, and very wearable, well done.
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theperfecttouchvictorian
Thank you so much, paulay71! I'll be wearing it next month although no one but me will see it. :) That's the sad part about having beautiful foundations!
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mlilith
This is a beautiful tribute! It's tough to cut into expensive fabric but your commitment paid off. This definitely has an Edwardian feel. What's even better is this an outfit you will be able to war to a wonderful summer event.
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theperfecttouchvictorian
Thank you so much, mlilith! I had no idea how nervous I would be cutting these fabrics! I think I'll be back to the cast-off fabrics now for a while. :)
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cathyhay
Jeanette, what a story! You've pushed through the challenges and made a beautiful ensemble; the long line is so elegant, and you've done a great job with a nailbiter of a fabric! What I love the most is that your confidence looks different now than it did before. Very well done!
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theperfecttouchvictorian
Thank you so very much, Cathy! The fabrics really caused me pause to the point where the project almost didn't get finished. I'm so glad I pushed through with the help of this wonderful group!! Thank you!
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cahueful
Really pretty and beautifully executed! I love the lace edging and am quite impressed by the matched lace panels. You should feel proud and sensational wearing this.
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theperfecttouchvictorian
Thank you so much, cahueful! I am thankful I finished and just a bit amazed at myself! Now that the project has been finished for a while and I look at it still on my dressform I can see that it is a pretty set of foundations and I will enjoy wearing them.
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redthreaded
So cleanly done and it’s beautiful! The lace overlay is a tricky thing to get right, well done.
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