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.
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!!
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!