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Mysore by Darina Kirillova      Mysore by Darina Kirillova

 

Mysore by Darina Kirillova

 

Mysore by Darina Kirillova

 

Mysore by Darina Kirillova

 

Mysore by Darina Kirillova

 

 

Mysore

Darina Kirillova, Russia

IG: Avis Atelier

 

The Design

My sewing demons know how to make me suffer. :)

As a reference, I chose the mysterious and magical architecture of India, the interior of Mysore Castle. Its variety of shape and decoration is so luxurious and wonderful, it perfectly reflects my love for "over the top" style. Besides, this is a great challenge to integrate structural lines of the vaults of Mysore, its wonderful colors and decor layering in the cut of the corset.

The decor! Lots of beautiful, complex, spectacular, eye catching decor! I love when there are many details, so you can take your time and enjoy the object.

What did I choose as a challenge for myself?

I'm a bit afraid of overbust corsets, particulary of struggling with a bust shape. That meant I need to work more with the bust this time! I also don't like too much handsewing, so this is the way most of the details must be put together! Also this is the first time I played with patterns in the corset and I'm extremely happy with the result.

I usually don't specialize in corsets, I think my skill level is not enough, so participation in this competition is a great chance for me to raise my level and declare myself to the world. :)

 

The Construction

Some fun facts about Mysore Corset:

  • All the fashion fabrics are window curtains. Even the lace was trimmed from a beautiful curtain. :)
  • I chose very carefully the perfect interlayer cotton, so that when I found it, there was the last meter of this fabric which was lost in stock! but we did find it, and I was very happy I haven't got to start the search again
  • Picking the right color for fashion fabrics was so hard that I bought six different turquoise fabrics and nine gold ones!
  • My six year old daughter helped me with the embroidery. My little growing corsetmaker. :)
  • I don't have tailor's hams, so I had to iron the whole corset on my sewing mannequin, tightly pulled balls of fabrics and pillows. But it worked out!
  • At some point, the corset began to make itself! Forms, lines and materials began to dictate the different design so that I had to change the plan, but the result was even better.
  • The first booking for shooting happened before I even cut patterns out. And the very next day I finished, it had two photoshoots in a row! Maybe it's time for a costume rental service...

In the end, I want to add something very important. I couldn't make this corset without tips from FR mentors. Even though I have a professional sewing education, many tricks have become a real revelation for me! Thank you Cathy, Luca, Barbara and Lowana! I sincerely hope to one day thank you personally. :)

 

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

Get ready! Together we will now find out the secret of the perfect creative work!

Each time you start something that will be a reflection of your abilities, ask yourself two main questions: "What do I love most?" and "What am I most afraid of?"
The answers to these two questions will greatly help you navigate the sea of ideas, because you can work on the most difficult and important tasks, but with joy! :) (yeah, it really helps)

 

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galadriel
I love absolutely everything about this - the pattern, the colours, the embellishment... you have done an amazing job, well done.
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Thank you!
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Oh my gosh, I just want to reach out and touch the detail work! Exquisite job! I love your comments about asking ourselves what we love and what we are afraid of.
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I'm so happy you liked the decor)))
thank you!)

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ivaowl
Amazing colors and decor balance ! Great job.
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Thank you, my friend <3
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kate
i like your choice of light blue color. very impressive and neatly!
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Thank you, dear)))
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Dmitry El
it's the best dress I've ever seen. Everything is perfect in it: texture, color, material. It can turn any girl into a Queen without any magic wand.
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laugh no magic, only couture %))) thank you))
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kitty mortensen
I love this so much!
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Thanks!)))
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royalblack
Very interesting pattern cutting and I think you have achieved a beautiful bust fit!
I alos love the layered textures in the light coloured panels. Great job, Darina!

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Yaaay! I'm so happy you find my work and fit beautiful!)
Thank you very much, Barbara, your comment really means a lot for me :)

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jema
Delicious embellishment and really striking pattern shapes. There is so much to admire in this piece, the fit is excellent, the details and stitching really neat, even the tiny piping is so nicely thought out and stitched too :)
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Hooray, you found this little piping!) Thank you, Jema, for your compliments, they make me feel very happy)))
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lyrisdesign
Absolutely gorgeous in every way! Exquisitely constructed and detailed with the fabrics and embellishments.
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Thank you very much))
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catherine
An absolutely stunning piece!
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Thank you, Catherine))
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ggis
Отличная посадка при таком необычном крое, а цветовое сочетание на вашем корсете выглядит даже мягче, чем в интерьере дворца-вдохновителя, прекрасная работа!
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Спасибо большое за комплименты, Ольга :)
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bernadettebanner
This is fantastic! Everything from the color combination to the fabric choice to the texture of the embroidery makes this just such a pleasing piece to look at!
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Oh thank you very much))
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Your corset is incredibly eye-watching, even from just the thumbnail. Up close,t he details are breathtaking (and all that from curtaisn, of all things ? I am VERY impressed). The patterning is fascinating, and the smoothness !!!
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Thank you, Martha, for all your kind words smile
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I'll certainly look at old curtains in a new way, I love how you've recycled them into such a beautiful garment. The placement of your creative panel cutting is really flattering and a beautiful replication of the castle interior.
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Yes! There is so much hidden creativity in the curtains! ;) I wish you to find your inspiration in them)))

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I have to say, this one is one of my favorites. It is funny as you describe it as "over the top" but I think about it as a quite clean corset, in the most perfect way. It has such delicate details. First of all I just love the color combination, I think you picked the best two out of your many purchases ;)
The placement and lines you achieved with the insets are so beautiful and really accentuate the body <3 I love the piping you did, the bias is perfection and all the structure you have going on in the ivory parts... it is so damn beautiful.
I totally see your inspiration, even if I always see and imagine an old yellowed map of a pirate... But that was just the very first thing I thought when I saw a first work in progress, it just makes me dream about Peter Pan ;) And I mean that in the most positive way <3
And don't fear overbust corsets, you did a fantastic job, it looks neat and very well fitting!
I really love it, it is beautiful and for me personally such an inspiring piece!

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Your associations with the pirate map made me laugh so loud))) Very unexpected, but at some point of view it really looks like a map!) so funny))
I am very grateful for your compliments to my work, honestly. it is especially nice to receive them from such a stunning master as you, whom I admire) <3

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lcostigliolo
Great work, I love the fit and the colour combination!
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avisatelier
Thank you very much)))
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paulay71
I'm a big fan of rescued curtain fabric or duvet covers for making my costumes, you get some amazing and unusual patterns. You have done a fabulous job with your design and the piece as a whole is gorgeous.
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avisatelier
Yay! More curtains fans from all around the world))) lol
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theperfecttouchvictorian
The attention to detail really shows in this beautiful creation!! And such a memory created with your daughter!
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Thank you! We definitely had a lot of fun embroidering together :)
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laurata
That color blocking is so eye catching! Also, great use of up-cycling. I need to remember to look for lace curtains next time I stop at a thrift store.
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Not sure if curtains like this can be found at thrift store confused
I found mine in a huge home-decor store, where there are about 50 diferent sellers and only 2 had curtains with lace like this.

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marloes dadswell
Opulent and so elegant!
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avisatelier
Thank you :)
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