The Bathhouse Pagoda
Hailey Jensen, California, USA
Model: Brianna Ramirez
Photographer: William Huang
I was inspired by the architecture of Japan, more specifically, the Japanese architecture featured in the animated movie Spirited Away. I've always seen beautiful buildings as skirts, so I wanted to try turning a pagoda into one.
For the bodice, I used the Custom Corset Pattern Generator from elizabethancostume.net as a resource for flat drafting. I heavily altered it to fit my needs and to allow for the hidden lacing panel, which I was very excited to incorporate into a project for the first time! I made multiple muslins, as I am not very skilled yet with boned bodices. All of the visible white fabric is dupioni, flatlined in twill. Most of the red trim is grosgrain ribbon, all hand stitched on. Even the binding is ribbon, which I used for a cohesive look. The red trim on the "fan bodice panel" is brocade I made into bias tape, also hand stitched to the front panel and circle detailing on the bodice back. The skirt was the biggest challenge, but it's basically a giant rectangle with square peplum "roofs". There are multiple boning channels throughout the underskirt and each of the red "roofs" for a smooth & supported square shape. The "roof" fashion fabric is taffeta underlined with fleece to hide the boning channels. Most of the skirt was assembled with my sewing machine on the ground because of the size and strange angles. The biggest challenge of the skirt by far was getting each "roof" to lie balanced, which I achieved by experimenting with added weights. I learned so much from this project, so even now, while I can see the flaws in this project, I know how to solve them next time!
What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?
I've always admired the makers of Foundations Revealed, and while I am very nervous to submit my work next to so many amazing makers, I couldn't resist this prompt and I learned so much making this project. If anyone is on the fence, I would say go for it! The fact that there are seperate skill levels to submit to made me feel much more comfortable.