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Soft Wire by Marianne Laimermolin      Soft Wire by Marianne Laimermolin

 

Soft Wire by Marianne Laimermolin     Soft Wire by Marianne Laimermolin

 

Soft Wire by Marianne Laimermolin

 

 

Soft Wire

Marianne Laimer Molin, Sweden

 

The Design

For me architecture is a construction of beauty on the outside and function on the inside. Old buildings and abandoned factories have often been a goal for my photo safaris. In decay the foundation often shines through, soft and curvy shapes, plaster, old electricity wire and armatures. I get inspired by the small things, often textures of white. Soft wire is an beginner's attempt to sew a corset from non-corset materials but materials with the soft texture of an old building and times gone by.

 

The Construction

Base material for corset, one soft loosely woven vintage linen curtain, Bondaweb for fusing, vintage lightweight tissue linen fabric for linings, and bobbin lace thread 60/2 and 80/2 for hand sewing. Polyester thread for machine seams.

Being a beginner to sewing corsets, facing body shape reality was one of the hardest challenges to overcome. I wanted to make a corset that fitted me and I really really wanted to sew one of those silky lacy things of beauty you see on everybody else. After a reality check I decided it might be easier for a beginner like me to try to learn how to draft my pattern based on the fact that I am lopsided, have a curved spine, concave chest, protruding ribs on one side and no breasts. Attempting to convert a commercial pattern to fit me is way out of my league.

I have had a self study membership since October on Foundations Revealed and find the site very resourceful. Another challenge was not to lose focus when reading and listening to so much information with so many tips on how to sew.

 

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

It is a challenge but it is worth the effort.

 

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galadriel
This looks like a work of art. The fan lacing is beautiful!
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marianne laimer
Thank you
smile

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jema
Some lovely soft curves and shapes going on here, the shadows and plaster of old walls, and I love the way the fanlace is like the old exposed wiring, great beginnings!
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marianne laimer
Thank you Jema
Your article on fanlacing https://www.foundationsrevealed.com/articles/corset-making/fabricsmaterials/813-introduction-to-fanlacing-for-corsets was a great help and it really inspired me. It is a superb introduction to something difficult. I had several goes on following the step to step guide lacing up a dummie and testing different types of lacing materials such as cotton, silk and polyester ribbon. I hand sew all my eyelets and quickly discovered that each ribbon type need a custom shaped eyelet if the fanlacing where to look neat. I sew many test. Lucky me for me I like sewing eyelets :-D

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laurata
I'm quite enamored with the curves of the pattern pieces. It sounds like you ended up drafting the pattern for Soft Wires? Nicely done!

Were there any articles or resources you found especially helpful for drafting for asymmetric bodies? I've discovered that I have asymmetric hips, and have no idea where to go to compensate for that.

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marianne laimer
Thank you laurata
I cannot say I found a specific article on how to address the problem on how to fit a pattern to a asymmetric bodyshape.
I found many helpful tips on how to address the problem of asymmetry imbedded in articles and replays. I read up on Patternmaking in the category Patternmaking
https://www.foundationsrevealed.com/articles/corset-making/corset-pattern-making
and in the category Fitting
https://www.foundationsrevealed.com/articles/corset-making/corset-fitting
Here some articles I found helpful
Corseting Various Body Types Written by Marianne Faulkner
https://www.foundationsrevealed.com/articles/corset-making/corset-fitting/499-corseting-various-body-types
Fitting the Bustline by Laura Loft
https://www.foundationsrevealed.com/articles/corset-making/corset-fitting/125-fitting-the-bustline
Making a One Panel Corset with Gores Written by Caroline Woollin
https://www.foundationsrevealed.com/articles/corset-making/corset-pattern-making/927-making-a-one-panel-corset-with-g

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I can totally see what you mean about an aged building as inspiration... It evokes for me the softness of plaster arches softened by time. Nicely done!
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marianne laimer
Thank you
:-)

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bernadettebanner
This is very inspiring! As a fellow lop-sided curvey-spined maker myself, I can most definitely relate to your struggle. Corsetmaking (and making just anything symmetrical in general) is such a physical and emotional challenge. You have every ounce of my respect for entering and for turning out such a wonderful piece!
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marianne laimer
Thank Bernadette
:-D

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I love your approach to the theme, working with soft materials as kind of an opposite to the strenght and steeliness of architecture is something I would never came up with. And working with those materials is challenging. Also drewing your own patterns or adjusting them to your own body, without having some experience or education is a tough job, but you did the first step :) You will get there, and this community is always happy to help. I think you did a great job :)
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marianne laimer
Thank you damaris
:-D
Yes this community is awesome. There are so many interesting and inspiring articles on the FR-site, It is delightful to discover that it is possible to sew a corset that fits if you draft the pattern yourself. It does take time and I really look forward to explore and sew more corsets. I do not think I could have sewn Soft Wire it without reading a serious amount of articles and watching and re-watching many replays here on FR.

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rebecca_robinson
I love the idea behind the material choices. The soft wire looks like goldwork wire in some of the photos- so to me it looks almost like the lacing is goldwork embroidery, as if you've embroidered the corset to the base inside of it - as if it was an art sculpture :)
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marianne laimer
:-D
Thank you for your Kind words Rebecca

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royalblack
Your approach to the theme is really inspiring and I love the more unconventional materials you have used.
It looks like a piece of art indeed and you can be really proud of what you have achieved!

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marianne laimer
Thank You
I have been watching the replays over and over again and would like to thank for you for sharing your knowledge on how to sew and fit corsets with us. You Inspire me very much :-D

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lyrisdesign
Well done, sounds like you really challenged yourself with tricky materials and shapes! I love the inspiration and result.
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marianne laimer
Thank you :-D

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kitty mortensen
Oh wow, I am loving your inspiration as well. Beauty in fragility indeed <3
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marianne laimer
Thank you kitty
:-D

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theperfecttouchvictorian
Your inspiration and final result are wonderful!
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Last edited on 11.03.2019 15:08 by Marianne Laimer Molin
Tank you :-D
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vanyanis
Well done Marianne! The details with the lacing are particularly lovely. <3
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marianne laimer
:-D
Thank you

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Mariya Lilith
Congratulations ! I know how tough it is to have an idea of what you want in your head and have to reign your idea in to match your skill level. You did a really good job. The materials you used, your drafting, the lacing in the back, and your photographs all evoke a feeling, a mood of old beautiful old plastered buildings.
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marianne laimer
Thank you Mariya
for your kind words and pep.
Yes it was tricky to know what I would like my project to look like and not having the sewing skills yet to make the vision come true. But I will keep sewing with practice then ... :-D

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The idea of using the non conventional materials paired with the challenges you faced in fitting is really inspiring and makes for a really fluid looking garment. Not sticking to 'the rules' and being inventive has worked in a really exciting way for you.
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marianne laimer
Thank you Kirsty

:-D

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paulay71
i love that you have used unconventional materials to construct your piece, very inventive and the fan lacing is especially lovely.
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marianne laimer
Last edited on 11.03.2019 15:11 by Marianne Laimer Molin
Thank you for your kind words paulay71
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andi_sunrider
This is so beautiful and breath-taking!! What a gorgeous work of art! The texture is so spectacular - I can almost feel it in my hands! The fan lacing detail really reminds me of wires poking out - great job!

Reminds me very much of the work of an artist who lives in my province - You may like her stuff: http://www.angelikawerth.ca/index.htm

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marianne laimer
Thank you Andi for your kind words.
Ooo, my heart skipped a beat with joy :-D
Thank you for the link
WOW such breathtaking beautiful Wearables and textileart Angelika Werth makes. Absolutely Stunning and very Inspiring :-D

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unhabit
This is beautiful - linen is such a gorgeous material and paired with the thin fan lacing it looks particularly delicate here! Congratulations on your entry!
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marianne laimer
Thank you for your kind words
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lorisunrise
I love the interesting shapes in the patterning, and the use of fan lacing. Very well done keeping focused and completing this!
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marianne laimer
Thank you for your kind words and for the pep.
The pep really encourage me to continue exploring sewing corsets :-D

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marloes dadswell
Loving the photos, very artfully done. Also really dig the materials you have used and the fine fan lacing.
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marianne laimer
Thank you for your kind words :-D

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Your corset feels so --- soft? Fragile? Does that make sense? My crafty heart appreciates the fact you used non-corset-making-materials and thank you for being so open about your the fitting issues you had - it just helps me to face my own body realities (as I am currently struggling with my first overbust corset that fights me in ways similar to yours). Love, MM
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marianne laimer
Oh Maria :-D
Thank you for your kind words
Yes it does make sense and I think you have done a great job with fantastic Dancing Corset
https://www.foundationsrevealed.com/competition/2019-competition/beginner/985-the-dancing-corset

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peacecat3
This is definitely art. You took an interesting approach to the garment itself (it looks like it's on the bias in one of the photos?) and the images are evocative of your inspiration. You have such an artistic eye in your use of light/dark, texture, focus, etc.
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marianne laimer
Thank you for your kind words peacecat3
Yes the side panels are cut on the true bias. The pattern is constructed with slanting panels. The waist line is placed on the grain line. I needed the corset to follow my body shape and the slanting shape of the panels gave a panel where part of the panel was on grain and part of it was on bais. The two side panels on each side are cut on the fabrics true bias. I got the idea to this from watching different replays and reading articles on pattern construction. Clare Sagers article on the Symington Pattern #31400 has been a great inspiration
[url=https://www.foundationsreve aled.com/articles/corset-patterns/1890s-corset-patterns/622-symington-pattern-31400]

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mtphandicrafts
I agree with other members. My overall reaction to this piece and your photography is that it is so artful. I appreciate the hard work that you did to pattern this piece, fan lace , and finish with soft materials. It inspires me to think of the corset form as soft outerwear.
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marianne laimer
Thank you for your kind words mtphandicrafts
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