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Lizard Person Realness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lizard Person Realness

Lucy Emke, Coventry, UK (Waisted Creations)

IG: WaistedCreations

Model: Threnody In Velvet
Photographer: Iberian Black Arts
Headdress: Hysteria Machine

 

The Design

This was initially inspired by lizards and reptiles – the fact they can shed their skin or regrow limbs is an aspect of renewal which really appeals to me. I was not going to enter this year, but I found the ridiculous faux leather a couple of months after the theme was announced and immediately knew it was perfect for this project.

Artistically I drew inspiration from the work of Puimond, The Blonds, and Mugler when I made this corset. I was also inspired in part by the fact my husband always jokes about me being a Lizard Person. It’s a silly meme, but I questioned what an awesome reptilian goddess would really look like and decided I wanted to make it a reality.

In July I suffered a housefire – this was a half-finished project which I was close to abandoning, but it was one of two corsets which made it out. After that, the project became a very personal representation of the renewal and rejuvenation I went through as both an artist and a human being. I slowly pieced things back together, and pushed through the challenges I was facing with the construction to create a corset I am extremely proud of.

In the end, this became a very cathartic project, and I will always see it as a symbol that I was able to get through something awful and grow from it rather than giving up.

 

The Construction

I have been making corsets for 14 years now, and this was without a doubt the most frustrating project I have ever undertaken. I wanted to throw the entire thing away more than once, because this faux leather is truly a beast to work with.

The pattern is deceptively simple (it is actually adapted from the one I used in my competition entry last year – more renewal!) and in any other material I could have made this in my sleep.

I fused the faux leather to coutil, and treated it as a single layer piece. I wanted to do internal boning channels, but the leather was tearing at the seams as the stitching perforated it a bit too much. I covered the seams on the inside so they are neat, then added an external casing covered with the leather.

The bones are spiral on either side of the bust gore, and flat elsewhere. They are shaped at the hip to help with the shaping. They do extend to the tops and bottoms of the points.

The busk is inserted with a facing, and the stud side also has a modesty placket so that no skin shows or gets trapped when you put the corset on. The binding is made from 20mm wide strips of the leather which are folded over and sewn to the edges in sections as I like to sew extreme points like this so they stay crisp.

 

Materials Used

Faux leather, recylced busk, recycled flat (7mm) and spiral (6mm) steels, two piece 5mm metal eyelets, plain black coutil, Swarovski crystals in 3 sizes (shade Jet AB), emerald green with gold Solstiss lace, plastic boning for the hips (cheap stuff from a fabric store, not synthetic whalebone).

 

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

It reminded me what I really love about corsets - rather than making a lot of smaller things, I made a few spectacular things and it was extremely rewarding. I pushed myself into using a material I hated working with rather than 'rage quitting' because I knew it would be perfect for the competition and I wanted to prove I could do it.

Please, don't be scared about entering. I see this as a showcase of work rather than a competition. It does take a lot of courage at every stage from making your first tentative mood board, to making that first cut in the fabric, and finally pressing that "submit" button on the form. But when you see your work live on the launch day, you will feel indescribably proud of what you have achieved.

 

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kitty mortensen
This piece is just so freaking amazing. I LOVE it to bits, I loved it from the first time I saw it and my heart still skips a beat whenever I see it. This is what dreams are made of
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galadriel
Thank you so much
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Beatrice
What a bold, iconic, unique piece! Truly stunning!
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galadriel
Thank you, that means a lot to me.
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anniebrahe
This is incredible! How is that even possible? It looks so good!
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galadriel
Thank you so much
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buckinghamsgirl
The textures and colours in this are just wonderful, and the story behind it makes it all the more powerful. The styling is incredible too. I'm blown away by your work and your dedication!
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galadriel
Thank you so much for your kind words. It means a lot to me to hear things like this as I was close to giving up so many times.
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bernadettebanner
This is fieerrcceeeee! The colors are delightful and your use of texture is just perfect—I never would have dreamed to overlay lace on leather, but it works so extraordinarily well!
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galadriel
Thank you very much
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Joy R.
Ooooo! The lace on the leather looks just like snake skin when it peels off!
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galadriel
Thank you. I've got no experience with snakes so I'm glad other people think so as well!
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Lelanie
Still my favourite. Still the one that catches my eye first. Really a stunning piece
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galadriel
Thank you!
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certainsundries
This is just completely epic. Wow!
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galadriel
Thank you, I tried really hard this year.
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poppaea
I just love this. The colours are gorgeous and the juxtaposition of the delicate lace against the harsh scales is so beautifully done. I also love the slightly alien/sci-fi element to it, it's so unique! And the fit is sublime...
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galadriel
Thank you so much!
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Rossanne Hamilton
Oooooooh this is so cool. I'm so glad that you pushed through the fabric frustration. It's incredible!
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galadriel
Thank you, I wanted to throw this thing away so many times but when I finally finished I realised it was worth the effort.
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kirstymitchell
Omg yes! "Awesome reptilian goddess" is such a great description. With such unforgiving fabric put together so masterfully, this is a real demonstration of why you are in this category. And so pleased to hear you have come out of a bad situation fighting!
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galadriel
Thank you, that means a lot to me !
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Trevellyn
This is absolutely incredible! As a beginner sewer, I want to say thank you for being honest about the struggles you went through sewing this. It's so motivating to see that even after your 14 years of making corsets there are still difficulties, and you are overcoming them and making gorgeous pieces like this.
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galadriel
Thank you. I think it's important to admit that things aren't all really easy even when you're experienced, I know it made me feel better when I saw that everyone struggles with things at times.
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Liesl
I completely love what you’ve done here and the fact that you have embraced the lizard person life. It’s such a fabulous corset and you’ve done amazingly
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galadriel
Thank you!
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lyrisdesign
This is so gorgeous, I love the story behind it. Beautifully done in every way.
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galadriel
Thank you, that means a lot. I'm in awe of your entry!
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ruby_shoo
Wow, I have no words for how amazing and inspiring this is.
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galadriel
Thank you, that's really kind of you to say and it means the world to me.
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royalblack
This piece drew me in the first time I saw it!
It speaks to me on so many levels - the pattern, the hip fins, the colours and texture... It's great that you overcome all these obstacles and could enter such a beautiful piece.

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galadriel
Thank you, that means a lot to me.
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lcostigliolo
You did such an amazing work! The execution is perfect and the corset itself is just gorgeous!
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galadriel
Thank you, I'm really glad people like it!
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carolinewoollin
I love the way you use unusual leather Lucy. This really stands out and shouts 'look at modern corsetry - this is how we do it now!'
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galadriel
Thank you Caroline. Your entry is my favourite one in this category, I am totally in awe of your patterning.
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latelierdelafleur
This is such a wow creation! All of your hard work and patience really paid off with such a visually arresting result, and one would never guess it gave you any trouble!
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galadriel
Thank you. I thought it was really important to be honest about that because I know when I was in the lower categories I used to think work came easily to the advanced people. Maybe it does for some, but at least people can see that's not always the case!
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paulay71
The shape and colour both grabbed me immeadiately it's a wonderful piece of work.
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galadriel
Thank you. I fell in love with the colour of this material when I saw it, I knew it would end up something special.
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ggis
Oh, wow, I've felt in love with this piece from the very first picture, Morgana shared in her instagram. Elegant cut, mindblowing colors, polished look, just fabulous!
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galadriel
Thank you. To be honest I wouldn't have finished if it wasn't for her, she really wanted to model this for me and I didn't want to let her down. I'm so happy with the results, I think it was worth the difficulty.
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marloes dadswell
So sorry to hear of the housefire you had to deal with, that must have been a difficult time. But this! This creation is the fierce dragon that rose from those ashes with spectacular force. It is so amazing in every sense!!!
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galadriel
Thank you. I tried to think of it that way :)
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jema
Truly spectacular work with an incredibly tough fabric - I am so glad you have risen from the ashes (literally) to create again - especially such a wonderful design
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