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Tiffany Cathedral by Lori Crichton      Tiffany Cathedral by Lori Crichton

 

Tiffany Cathedral by Lori Crichton      Tiffany Cathedral by Lori Crichton

 

Tiffany Cathedral by Lori Crichton      Tiffany Cathedral by Lori Crichton

 

 

Tiffany Cathedral

Lori Crichton, Oregon, USA (Bound Angel Designs)

IG: BoundAngelDesigns

Partner in crime: Luke (House of Wolfram)

Model: Morgan

Photography assistant and husband: Richard

 

The Design

Rays of light shine through glass in myriads of bold colors, sparkling and crisp, the stark black lines of the armature stark and unforgiving.

Tiffany lamps.

The high arched points of stained glass in Gothic Cathedrals.

The Rose Window.

I’ve always loved stained glass, and the unique sense of calming awe it gave me. I love how it’s bright, bold, immediately eye catching. I wanted to capture that same effect in a corset. With this corset I sought to retain the reflective see-through, yet bold and colorful, nature of stained glass, and tried to capture the sharp lines and structure of the armature.

 

The Construction

I wanted work with leather as it lent itself to the detailed cuts needed to create the “armature.” I also needed to find something that would work for the stained glass. After trying thinner plastic which wrinkled and buckled, I turned to PVC. This had the body and smoothness of glass I wanted.

Both were new materials for me.

I started with the “armature” of the panels, meshing two simple stained glass patterns together and then tracing them into my pattern pieces, then onto the leather pieces, then hand cutting each one. I then layered the PVC between the leather and coutil.

Construction ground to a halt. I had to restart time and time again because my domestic machine couldn’t handle the leather/ PVC combo, and outside circumstances almost became too much. Not allowing me to give up, my partner in crime taught me to use his industrial leather sewing machine and pushed me to keep going. I did, determined to complete this piece despite the PVC not roll pinning between the leather and coutil well, and it pulling through the cutouts in the leather. Despite needing to rethink construction to preserve the PVC and not put holes in it for boning channels. I sewed two pieces together, top stitched, then changed the thread to white to ‘hide’ the stitching for boning channels despite the see through PVC.

To get the reflective bold colors, I colored the PVC with Sharpies. The various paints I tried streaked or were too opaque.

 

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

Do it. Let it be your escape, your way to prove that you can do it.

 

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galadriel
The work that has gone into this is absolutely astounding. This is extremely beautiful, and I hope you are very proud of it.
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lorisunrise
Thank you! I am quite proud of it!
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Really lovely! You nailed the Tiffany/stained glass look. Kudos for sewing with PVC and leather - that takes some bravery!
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lorisunrise
Thank you! The construction using the combination of those two materials was very challenging. I'm not completely satisfied with the outcome, but I am glad I did it and am proud of what I was able to do.
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Your rose window influence DEFINITELY comes through! They really are captivating parts of architecture, and I love how you created yours!
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lorisunrise
Thank you so much! I'm really happy that the look and feel of the influence translated so well for others
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jema
Those windows just shine! you chose really tough fabrics but the end result really justified them. so intricate, but at the same time bold and full of colour. Excellent work!
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lorisunrise
Thank you, Jema! Those fabrics were a challenge for sure!
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equinoxxlatex
Well done for persevering. Beautiful entry.
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lorisunrise
Thank you so very much! I almost gave up, but am so glad I pushed through and finished.
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royalblack
You can seriously be proud of what you have achieved here, Lori!
Cutouts like these are SO timeconsuming and especially tricky in leather. Beautiful design, fit and construction!

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lorisunrise
Thank you! The cuts out were definitely time-consuming, but oh so worth it!
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lyrisdesign
A beautiful effect with the cutouts, especially when working with such difficult materials! I love the bust shaping too.
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lorisunrise
Thank you! I've been working on this custom pattern for this particular person for months! I still have some adjustments I'd like to do if she orders another corset. :D
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kitty mortensen
Your piece is STUNNING I wish I had thought to do my windows that way! It is so beautiful, I love it.
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lorisunrise
Oh, thank you, Kitty! I adore yours too! I can't believe how smooth yours turned out, and that skirt is to die for!
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bernadettebanner
I looove the colors you've chosen! Somehow it seems to have that essential internal glow so evocative of stained glass. It's simply mesmerizing!
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lorisunrise
Thank you! I tried to get the most vibrant colors I could without getting into actually adding LED lights to the piece (yes, I entertained THAT thought too!)
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The effect of light shining through glass is captured brilliantly - really beautiful!
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lorisunrise
Thank you, Caroline! I mentioned in another comment I tried to get the most vibrant glass look without actually adding LED lights to the piece. I experimented with several paints and inks, and funnily enough, the Sharpies gave the best look for it
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You did a very well job. Leather is hard to work with and I think you achieved a beautifully finished piece. The first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful shape of it, especially the bust area is so perfect and the neckline is so flattering! This really is a well fittting and stunning corset. I also love the colors you used, the inspiration shows through and it is really like looking through those beautiful church windows <3
Just beautiful all over!

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lorisunrise
Thank you so much, Damaris!
This pattern has been months in the making for this particular person, and I'm really happy with it. (she even passes the bounce test and doesn't fall out!)
This was my first time making a corset in leather and as challenging as it was, I'm hooked!

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This is amazing on so many levels ! The level of detail and the technical challenges are incredible !
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lorisunrise
Thank you so very much!
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Firstly, inspired use of sharpies! I would never have guessed it! I hope you are pleased you persevered with this as the outcome is stunning. It instantly speaks of stained glass windows and the leather against the window panels looks really bold and so precisely executed.
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lorisunrise
Thank you so much! I'm still very much amused that the Sharpies gave me the best outcome of everything.
And I'm so happy that the combination of the leather with the colored parts really translated so well!

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theperfecttouchvictorian
So feminine and reflective of stained glass! Sharpies, I would never have guessed. It truly looks like glass!
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lorisunrise
Thank you so very much!
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paulay71
Wow, what a lot of work you have put into this and it was so worth it, stunning.
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lcostigliolo
I love this corset, beautiful fit and nice curves. The cutouts are exquisite and the way you have used the colours is lovely. Well done!
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marloes dadswell
So happy you pushed yourself using tricky fabrics. The result is glorious!
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kat_simpson
Really lovely effect! The colours are gorgeous. Well done
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peacecat3
This is gorgeous! PVC _AND_ leather? I die. How wonderful that you were able to use an industrial machine! Was it a plain straight lockstitch or was it a walking foot machine? I'm so curious about your process! The shaping of the body is so smooth, and the stained-glass window effect looks fabulous.
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