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  Spring Will Come     Spring Will Come

Spring Will Come

Spring Will Come     Spring Will Come

Spring Will Come

 

 

Spring Will Come

Evgeniya Molodykh, Moscow, Russia (Nemuro Corsets)

IG: nemuro_corsets

Other credits:

Model: Marina @shinya_jzhz

Photographer: @max_hoche

Moral support: Elena @sewingwhole9yards

 

The Design

This design started from a sketch I made a couple of years ago - a mix of a tailcoat, baroque stays and modern tightlacing corsetry. I've been slowly developing it using my friend Marina as a model, thinking of embroidering the front panel with some cute flowers.

And when I found the FR theme announcement - I decided that it totally fits. The flower design fits with the spring story of changing seasons and growing from the dead-frozen silence. And I had a bunch of silk leftovers of my favourite violet-lilac-ivory colors that could be used as a recycling concept. They were so limited that I had to cut the pieces with diagonal lines - the pattern fit with less than a handful of scraps.

But the corset design developed through the making, telling its own story, with dark winter parts and shape accents. I had strict deadlines since I missed the theme announcement date and found it four weeks prior to the deadline. When I thought that the initial concepts was "too flat and empty", I decided to add hip decoration. Then - a bit of beading. Tons of beading. And rhinestones too!

The "Spring Will Come" name grows from my past of living in a city with a six-month winter, where extreme frost, snowstorms and darkness were highlighted only with the hope - someday it will be over, and everyting will start blooming again. Spring is my most loved season; I feel reborn in the first warm days.

 

The Construction

The pattern was developed by me completely, from scratch and measurements, with one mock-up fitting.

Since the top layer was intended to have tons of details, the construction was inverted. The base layer was made of vintage cotton brocade tablecloth from my grandma's heritage. All the boning was fixed on it as the strength layer. The top was intended to be fixed only on the sides.

The embroidery concept was "blooming thorns" and was intended to be made of flossing thread - because I love flossing, its bold straight lines and geometry. I also made my first attempt at the satin stitch with small flowers on the front panel. I used my stock of colorful threads from DeVere Yarns and Sumiko threads, also adding blue accents to the palette. I tried ribbon embroidery - and that was a total win! Silk ribbons are also from my regular corsetry stock. The top frill is made from double-faced silk sating ribbon, a treasure from Renaissance Fabrics.

The beading and rhinestones were leftovers of mine and my friend Elena's old-time cosplay projects. I insisted on not buying anything new - only looking for nice things in our storage boxes.

My main construction challenge was minimizing the wrinkles on the thin, non-boned and floating top layer while making maximum clear insides. And inserting the busk and matching the front bottom with all the piping and angles. The beading was finally added on the layers sewn together, so the insides are not completely clean - but the layers became better fixed to each other.

 

Materials Used

Top layer: leftovers of silk taffeta and moire. Base layer: cotton tablecloth brocade. Decoration: silk ribbons, silk flossing thread, beads and rhinestones

 

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

Entering the contest, I was testing the limits of my creativity. And found that was none of them.

 

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galadriel
I love how you've combined different types of corset like this. The colours are divine and that embroidery is really lovely.
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Beatrice
What a beautiful piece! The colour palette looks great, the embroidery is stunning and the overall design is really unique!
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Doro
Gorgeous work.
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Felicia
What a beautiful design and what an inventive use of scrap fabric!
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Rhea Steensma
The shape of this corset is simply mesmerising! Your attention to detail is stunning, the piece really tells its own story ❤️
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What beautiful lines, and delicate, shining embroidery! A feast for even ignorant eyes.
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bernadettebanner
This. Is. STUNNING! The colors work so beautifully together, and I love that you took inspiration from stays; the shape is positively lovely!
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kitty mortensen
I LOVE this piece, everytime I see it I'm in awe. And you're model fits the colours so well.
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Anna
The main word for describing this piece (for me) is unforgettable. A unique masterpiece, so many thoughtful details, so much soul invested. I'm completely in love with it,
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EXQUISITE.
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certainsundries
I am so in love with your embroidery and the materials you used from your heritage. This is gorgeous!
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Kaitlyn Stevens
Love the shape of the corset. colors of the fabric and the embroidery work wonderfully with each other. I love the texture that the embroidery adds to the coreset. I think this is one of the few that I would like to try and replicate. it looks like fun challenge.
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kirstymitchell
All of the elements work together so harmoniously. I love seeing all of your different techniques and the silhouette of your corset is really exciting.
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Trevellyn
I love this! The colours and embroidery are so whimsical, and entirely my aesthetic. Gorgeous structure, I love.
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emelina
this is absolutely incredible! i'm blown away by how detailed and intricate the embroidery is, not to mention how lovely the silhouette of the corset is as well! and to know that you drafted this pattern yourself is most impressive, excellent job!! <3
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Liesl
It is clear as day how much work and love you have put into this and it has paid of marvelously. This is a completely gorgeous garment that tells a story
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moodycorsetry
Absolutely beautiful!
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lyrisdesign
This is so pretty, I love the shape and how you have brought all the design elements together into such a gorgeous creation.
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Ellen
I love the colours and the shape is spectacular. Simply divine!
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olafsonv
The colours are amazing, and the embroidery just lifts it all up. It's amazing.
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royalblack
The shape / pattern you have created is stunning!
Very special and beautifully executed. I also love how the colours and embroidery work together. Great job!

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lcostigliolo
Wonderful pattern work! I love the corset/stays/tailcoat combination! Stunning!
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Really love how you have mixed design styles to arrive at such an unusual design. Masterful!
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paulay71
The shape, the colour palette and the embroidery. Exquisite!
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latelierdelafleur
I adore the cut and colours of your corset! The different types of embroidery are so unique and it really is like a fresh breath of spring air!
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ggis
Повторюсь, невероятная работа! И фотосессия получилась такая весенняя, нежная, идеальное попадание в настроение и в тему, я в восторге!
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marloes dadswell
Lovely ribbon embroidery and what beautiful and interesting shapes you have used. A very gorgeous piece!
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jema
Really interesting patterning - the piping line adds such elegance, and a lovely combination of textures from the destash!
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Elizabeth Phillips
Beautiful color combination! I love it!
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Andie
This is one of my favorite entries in the competition this year. It's so beautiful and elegant - the colors are perfect, the embroidery is exquisite. I can only hope that someday my work will be as beautiful as yours :D
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