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A History in Fa-brick by Kayla Nimegeers A History in Fa-brick by Kayla Nimegeers A History in Fa-brick by Kayla Nimegeers A History in Fa-brick by Kayla Nimegeers

A History in Fa-brick by Kayla Nimegeers

A History in Fa-brick by Kayla Nimegeers

 

A History in Fa-brick

Kayla Nimegeers, Canada

IG: kayla_sews_wonders

Many thanks to my close friends and husband, who supported me these past months. Thank you!

 

The Design

As someone who is obsessed with Gothic Victorian style, the architecture of my country's historical buildings resonates with me deeply. I struggled with deciding between two parliament buildings in Canada, so I included what I love from them into my entry. The corset I made was inspired by the Tyndall limestone ceiling from the Hall of Honour in Ottawa’s parliament building. This amazing hallway joins the Confederation Hall and the Library of Parliament. (Architect: Thomas Fuller, Chilion Jones in 1866. Renovation by Charles Baillairgé in 1916.) When I was researching ideas, I came across the photos of this ceiling and the image of my fan laced corset came alive. When I look at the centre brace I think of how the spine holds the body up as this brace does. The weight of the ceiling has to be transferred to the floor to hold it up, so does the corset in that it takes that strain and helps the back hold up the body.

I felt like I had to make a gorgeous skirt to wear with my stone corset. The skirt is inspired by the bell shaped roof of the Victoria parliament building. (Architect: Francis Rattenbury.) The shape of this roof screamed out “make a skirt..now”. So after hours spent searching for that perfect pattern and materials, I made what I imagine these two buildings would look like in fabric.

 

The Construction

My Tyndall limestone ceiling inspired corset is adapted from the Laughing Moon pattern #100. I always make my corsets to fit my body so most patterns have to be heavily altered. This corset has six panels and two bust gores per side, made with a white cotton coutil (from Farthingales) interior layer and a cotton canvas exterior layer. I coffee dyed the canvas, bias binding, and lacing to give it the stone colour, as well as some streaking for effect, as no stone is perfect. A six knob, 13” steel busk was used, as well as steel flat bones and steel spiral bones. Fan lacing is a first for me and after about five attempts at getting the effect I wanted (mirroring the ceiling and wall braces), I finally got it right. Added to the back is a modesty panel to help the image come alive. After all of this planning and construction of my corset, it's now time to 'grout it'. Using an acrylic paint, I very carefully grouted my stone masterpiece. I felt much like an architect when I was constructing this.

My skirt was made with the Truly Victorian pattern #TV240 with a crinoline that I also made to support its shape. The skirt is of a silk brocade I purchased online. There was an issue with the colour that I ordered. The colour that I got was turquoise instead of teal to match the actual colour of the piece I’m mimicking. This did not stop my ambition for this piece.

 

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

It was stressful to compete but in a good way. I normally create simple clothes and corsets but I really had to think of much more creative aspects in this corset. If anyone is on the fence about competing I urge you to give it a try. The worst that could happen is that you learn new skills and everyone gets to see what you make.

 

 

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galadriel
This is beautifully constructed and that fan lacing is exquisite!
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jema
I'm loving the colours of the stone and mortar here, plus fan lacing always makes me happy (and it's so tricky) you've really made it work! Well done :)
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laurata
Well done! I especially love the bell shaped skirt, and the fan lacing is lovely.
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Melanie
I absolutely adore the obvious effort put in to the thought, design, work and end result. Beautifully crafted with attention to the details. Reading the story behind this creation brings it to life. The fan lacing is phenomenal. Well done.
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I'm super impressed that you did fan lacing as a beginner! Great job!
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kayla_nimegeers
Thank you! It was quite tricky to figure out. It took many times of relacing to get it to work. Any change in flow and it won’t tighten properly as I found out.
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curvylinea
Very beautiful job! Love fan lacing :)
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Hayley
Kayla, mind blown BOOM!! Just amazing.
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Last edited on 01.03.2019 18:40 by Damaris Luhn
I never seen a ceiling like that and I loved the idea of getting the effect with the fan lacing. Just brilliant! Also I always adore it, if people dye their fabrics by themselves it is such a gorgeous way to create a unique piece. Very well done! And you did the eyelets by hand <3 A very well done, beautiful piece! :)
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kayla_nimegeers
Thank you! It took 3 attempts to get the right colour from the coffee dye. I have been into eco dyes lately and plan on doing most of my dying that way instead of synthetic. The eyelets took est. 6hrs to do. The metal I found would take away from the colours of the ceiling as there is no metal just stone.
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bernadettebanner
This is beautiful! I know the corset is the main focus (and is absolutely fantastic) but I must say I am also particularly taken with that skirt fabric!
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kayla_nimegeers
Last edited on 03.03.2019 16:22 by Kayla Nimegeers
Thank you! That skirt was a challenge all on its own. I ordered pure silk brocade from an online supplier and it was listed incorrectly so I got the wrong colour and it wasn’t silk. I was expecting more green like the exterior building domes but I got more blue. There is 5 metres plus an under skirt and the cage has the grey ruffles from an upcycled table runner.
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Martina Frank
Well done! It is fascinating how you got the "stony" view- and this fan lacing is a highlight!!
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rebecca_robinson
Ooh I love fan lacing! The wavey pleats on the skirt are also lovely, well done :)
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I can really see the comparison between the ceiling and your fanlacing! A very interesting approach by using the closure as an element of your inspiration. Nice!
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Shari
Beautiful. Your hard work paid off.
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royalblack
What beautiful inspiration you have chosen and I love how you have interpreted both buildings!
The construction looks so neat and I especially like the brick structure on the corset. :)

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kaiarauma
This is a lovely way to evoke this sort of building. I never would have thought to include fan lacing, but it was an excellent choice!
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lyrisdesign
Wow, gorgeously constructed! I love that you coffee stained everything to get that perfect colour, and the idea than architecture inspired using the fan lacing.
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kayla_nimegeers
As someone who drinks lots of coffee it secretly makes this corset closer to my heart. Took many failed attempts to get the canvas to the exact colour I wanted. It was quite white to begin with. The lacing didn’t get the memo as to the colour everything else was haha.
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kitty mortensen
That Fan-lacing is exquisite, I'm so impressed. And those colours - stunning work ^_^
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theperfecttouchvictorian
Beautiful work!! The lacing!! You are also my inspiration! I made my fourth corset and entered into this Competition. It is in the Apprentice Category - Wright Place, Wright Time. I wanted to try fan-lacing and some other embellishments but ran out of time while organizing and teaching a Victorian weekend. But I entered with what I had finished. Now I am inspired by you to finish my entry to realize my dream!! Thank you!
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kayla_nimegeers
Oooo fan lacing in black would represent the geometric design wonderfully. Yours is so beautiful as it is but I could see your inspiration to do fan lacing when I look at the glass art.
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lemieux
Love the way you brought your ideas to life. Well done!
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chesla
Love the fan lacing on your corset! And it must have taken you ages to hand stitch the eyelets! Beautiful contrast between the skirt and corset too :)
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Beautiful work Kayla! I love the building and details you took inspiration from and how you transformed this inspiration into your design. I'm impressed with your hand sewn eyelets too (they must have taken forever!)
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kayla_nimegeers
Last edited on 10.03.2019 00:41 by Kayla Nimegeers
All it takes is a good show to binge watch and a sleeping toddler. Over 3 evenings of an est 6hrs total to do the eyelets. I did have quite sore hands I will admit. I put the metal grommets in but they didn’t go with the theme and would have reflected shine in photos. I was going to do flossing with the embroidery floss originally but once I realized I had to do the eyelets I also noticed I wouldn’t have enough for flossing. Oh well! Still super happy with it! Thank you for your comments!!
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Mariya Lilith
I really enjoyed reading about what inspired you, your construction methods and materials.. I can see the attention to detail especially the back lacing! Great job!!

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Mariya Lilith
I really enjoyed reading about what inspired you. I can see how your transferred your inspiration to your design. I especially like the back lacing! Great job!
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andi_sunrider
This is AMAZING!! You picked two inspirations that are SO dear to my heart - I did Youth Parliament of BC for several years at the leg in Victoria, and did Forum for Young Canadians as a teen and got to sit in the House of Commons!! I actually took some photos of the wrought iron at East/West blocks when I was in Ottawa for work in November, thinking they'd be neat inspiration for this competition, but that didn't happen:)

This is a truly inspired ensemble -- I love how the fan lacing mimics the arches of the stone and the bell of the rotunda is reflected in the skirt!! Your hard work really shows through:)

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Fan lacing is such a brilliant idea to translate the ceiling's shape ! Great work, and very ambitious !
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This is really ambitious especially seeing you have a toddler to take care of as well. They don't make it easy do they? Love the idea of the fan lacing and your design connects really beautifully to your inspiration.
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kayla_nimegeers
No they don’t. Luckily mine sleeps so I get maybe 2 hours in a day to myself which for the last few months was spent making this entry :)
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paulay71
Great work! Love the fan lacing and the extra dimension it gives your piece
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Anne Bungartz
Thats really really well done! Very well done with the Fan-lacing! Can't believe that you made the eyelets by yourself. Unbelievable!
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unhabit
Wow! The corset is beautifully made - I'm impressed at how neat the inside looks and the fan lacing is amazing! I love how simple yet effective the brick design is and the black fan-lacing tie is a lovely graphic element that very much feels like part of the design.
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kayla_nimegeers
Thank you! I put all my coutil pieces together then my canvas together then sew them together with wrong sides together. Makes it beautiful inside and outside. I do all my corsets like this. I like how comfortable it is to wear.
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lorisunrise
I adore your take on the brick texture in the corset mixed with the fanlacing!
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reiray
Wow, I love your fanlacing! Congratulations !
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marloes dadswell
What a thoughtful design and awesome details!
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Like the many commenters before me I am also impressed by (and not only by) the fan lacing! And high five for also using acrylic paint on your piece (just like I did in mine) tongue
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peacecat3
I love this interpretation! I can absolutely see your inspiration alive in your creation. I love the fan lacing especially.
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mtphandicrafts
The design of your stone work on this corset is beautiful. Kudos for having the courage to apply contrasting paint. You did it very well and made the bold connection between your inspiration and the finished garment. I love the fan lacing!
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marianne laimer
Congratulation Kayla
:-D

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kayla_nimegeers
If anyone is checking here, I’ve made a video on my Facebook page Kayla Sews Wonders. A tutorial on how I did my fan lacing.
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