My inspiration for this contest was stained glass for its simple storytelling looks. I also wanted to combine my new corsetting techniques with my history of sewing Lolita fashion through using boning and lacing together with a big poofy skirt and ruffles.
The dress consists of a simple black cotton base with reinforced stretch lamé fabric panels in the skirt and the bodice. I used boning to give the bodice shape, added foam padding to the bust cups and added metal eyelets to the front. The back has looped braid to give the bodice shape, and there's a zipper in the side. The bodice edges are finished with bias tape and the skirt consists of three layers and is supported by various petticoats.
What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?
This was my first time - I discovered the contest this year. I always like to challenge myself, so this was a great opportunity to show off my skills (and get my name out there a bit!) It's definitely worth a try!