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Bennelong Point by Jennifer Usher      Bennelong Point by Jennifer Usher

 

Bennelong Point by Jennifer Usher

 

Bennelong Point by Jennifer Usher

 

Bennelong Point by Jennifer Usher

 

 

Bennelong Point

Jennifer Usher, USA (Make It Sew)

IG: swimwithscissors

 

The Design

My entry is based on the Sydney Opera House in Australia. I have always loved the look of the building complex, but had no idea of its history. Once I delved in a bit, I discovered that the land it's built on was once an Aboriginal gathering point, then a cattle station, then a garrison, and finally a gathering place for the arts. The architect, Jorn Utzon, won a competition for its design in 1957. It would take 16 years to complete, after many hurdles. It is now internationally recognized as a masterpiece in architecture. The Opera house sits on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour.

 

The Construction

I used white coutil and Rigilene boning for the support structure of the corset. The outer layer was made of two differently patterned fabrics. I cut each fabric into the corset panel sections, then cut them so they could be connected and create the visual shaping and contrast. That was a huge challenge, to keep the patterns and shapes relatively matched. Figuring out how to bone and reinforce the lower half of the corset so it stands away from the body was fun, too! The "sails" on the sides were based on the curved shapes of the Opera House, and I created them separately and attached them after the rest of the corset was finished. One of my struggles here was symmetry and keeping it balanced. The coutil layer seemed to shrink with each seam and boning placement, but the outer layer seemed to stretch even though they were cut exactly the same size. I'm overall happy with how it came out but I always see the places I could have improved. I hope I was able to show my inspiration! Thank you!

 

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

I procrastinated way too long this year. I had my concept and idea almost immediately, but then life happened and I didn't get fabric or materials until about a month ago. I think if I had given myself more time I would have been happier with the result, but I am still proud of what I was able to do. I would say don't procrastinate! And challenge yourself, it really is a learning experience.

 

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galadriel
This is so lovely, and must have been a real challenge to achieve. I could tell what your inspiration was straight away. Awesome job!
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Fantastic job with a really tricky design! I knew right off what your inspiration was, too, and that adds to the excitement for me. :)
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When I first opened your entry I thought "that reminds me of the Sydney Opera House..." Then I scrolled down! Awesome interpretation of the architecture.
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jema
This is such great pattern matching work! To get both the architectural levitating sections and the complex fabric to work together takes real cutting skill and precision, well done!
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royalblack
I love hip fins and you used them perfectly here!
The silhouette looks striking and the way you used the pattern fits the Opera house so well!

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Astrid
I love that you picked the Opera House as you inspiration, especially as you're from the US! I was going to attempt the Opera House but had no idea of to create 3d hip fins. You've done a fabulous job and I love the choice of fabrics you made as well, they reflect the design of the opera house perfectly. I just love it, Bravo!
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lyrisdesign
Very creative with the two patterned fabrics, and I love the way you have created the Opera House's iconic sails. Very elegant!
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kitty mortensen
Such an iconic building to draw inspiration from, you did such an amazing job- I recognized it right away and I am in awe of the pattern matching- it is still a discipline I shy away from ;) Good job
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bernadettebanner
I love the choice to use the contrasting fabric, especially at the bottom of the hip panels where it gives wonderful dimension underneath those fabulous hip fins!
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theperfecttouchvictorian
So perfectly symmetrical and impressively interpreted! Beautiful!!
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I really like those two different fabrics you use on the outer layer, it has such an interesting effect. And good job with those hipfins, too, you really converted your inspiration into the design! Well done!

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quilleth
Those fabrics must've been so difficult to line up (and cut)! It makes a neat sort of optical illusion effect
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I think the test of choosing such an iconic and well recognised building is how the corset connects to it and you have undoubtedly captured Sydney opera house here. The pattern matching and symmetry is excellent and OMG those hip fins!
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jennifern
Thanks, everyone, for your lovely comments! It makes me feel so good! <3
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paulay71
Stunning interpretation of such an iconic building, love your fabric choices too.
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lcostigliolo
Those hip fins are great and your use of the patterned fabric is stunning! You really succeded in bringing the spirit of the Opera House into this corset!
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marloes dadswell
Fabulous fins and pattern matching! Well done on a stunning and eye-catching design!
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Your interpretation of the Sydney Opera House is on point (lol) - and the whole piece leaves quite the impression.
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