Spring Will Come
Evgeniya Molodykh, Moscow, Russia (Nemuro Corsets)
Model: Marina @shinya_jzhz
Moral support: Elena @sewingwhole9yards
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 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.
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.