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Pastel Garden

Olga Potaeva

IG: Ggiscorsets

Model: Aleksandra Ursul

 

The Design

Renewal associations in my mind are closely bound up with oriental religion and culture. Plus I’ve always deeply admired classical Japanese aesthetics. Moreover, here is some fun fact about me: my favourite flowers ever are Japanese chrysanthemums. I see them like thousands of tiny little fingers, and that fantasy delights my inner kinesthetic. All my friends know this but I always receive roses, because it is almost impossible to buy mums in my city. So I replicate this motive in other ways over and over. I have them tattooed on my collarbones, I buy and sew lots of clothes with floral print, I have already embroidered them in different techniques. Thus I didn’t have any choice, I was forced to make a blooming corset.

The first sketches I drew represented something pink, cute and sweet. But there is a strange thing that I can’t describe. Each time I try to make something cute, it mystically transforms into something dark and gloomy. And it happened again. But I hope it still keeps nice and pleasant impression.

Last year I became the happy owner of a real historical corset, and it turned the concept of corsetmaking upside down in my head. Pictures I saw on the internet before do not reflect even one percent of its exquisiteness in reality; it is not like a piece of clothing, it is like a piece of jewelry. So another idea I wanted to translate was idea of delicacy and fragility. Which refers us back to the Japanese aesthetics. I wonder how women in this culture are elegant, graceful and strong at the same time. I tried to catch this duality in my work, and make a sturdy garment as thin and ethereal as possible.

 

The Construction

This year my embroidery challenge was simpler than last one's — I decided to applique pre-made embroidery on a pre-made corset instead of embroidering corset panels before any cutting and sewing. The embroidery was executed on silk organza using both needle and luneville hook. I also tried to achieve a tapestry look with a flat satin stitch technique. Each flower and leaf were attached without any visible stitches on the wrong side of the corset.

Another exercise I’ve found for myself was working with soft mesh for the first time. I covered it with the thinnest dotted tulle, and it was really tricky to deal with. But it gave the amazing delicacy I wanted to reach.

The main requirement for the construction was, what a surprise, subtlety. And the best way to satisfy this request was with the Edwardian silhouette. My choice fell on Ref K drafted by Joëlle Verne from Atelier Sylphe. This pattern has beautiful lines provided by lots of gores and gussets. And I love how this S-curve design works on my model. To pay tribute to the historical foundation of the construction, I used my favourite trick: invisible flossing in silk thread. It doesn’t attract attention, but it’s still there.

And a finishing touch. To add some kimono effect I made a plain silk satin panel along the top line of the corset. Plus I didn't use bias binding, typical in corsetmaking. All the edges were closed by soft mesh and hidden on the wrong side.

 

Materials Used

Corset: soft corsetry mesh, dotted tulle, herringbone coutil, silk satin
Embroidery: silk organza, Soie Perlée silk threads, DMC metallic threads, Toho Aiko cylinder beads

 

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

Like all of us, I live in a permanent lack of time. And this competition is the rare opportunity to create something really outstanding. And I do appreciate this chance to overcome my creativity, to manage my time and to push myself towards something new. Anyone should try this experience, it’s fantastic!

  

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brenda
This is exquisite and my favorite design, materials, coloration and back story. Absolute perfection, refinement and artistry.
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ggis
Thank you so much, I'm deeply grateful!
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galadriel
This is extremely beautiful. I don't know what it is I like so much about that satin at the top, but I think it's stunning.
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ggis
Thank you! I was not going to make those satin part, this idea just broke into my mind in the middle of the progress, and I had no choice.
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Madeline
I'm astounded! This is absolutely awesome and inspires me to try a mesh and embroidery corset too
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ggis
Awww, that's amazing, thank you, and good luck!
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anniebrahe
I'm blown away - this is so beautiful! If I can ever create something even half as beautiful!...
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ggis
Thank you so much for your kind words!
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Beatrice
I love the simplicity of the corset combined with the intricate and complex embrodery, so beautiful! And the details are perfect, the little stripe of satin on top brings it to another level!
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ggis
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! I'm so glad!
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So delicate woaw !
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ggis
Yay, thank you!
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bernadettebanner
I am swooning over the precision of your construction! And the design is absolutely stunning, I am obsessed!
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ggis
Thank you for your support!
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kitty mortensen
This looks exquisite, the inside of it just captured my heart. Lovely piece inside and out
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ggis
I'm obsessed with clean insides, thank you so much for paying attention, Kitty!
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certainsundries
I love the delicacy of the tulle/mesh and the shapes and colors of the detailing. Beautiful work!
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ggis
Thank you for your response, this means so much to me!
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kirstymitchell
The structure of the corset is outstandingly beautiful. Once again your embroidery is masterful. You really inspire me.
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ggis
Oh, this is a huge compliment for me, thank you so much, I'm extremely grateful!
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lyrisdesign
Gorgeous work, you definitely achieved the delicacy of your design. So lovely!
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ggis
I've worried about it so much, thank you!
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ruby_shoo
Beautiful construction with such an elegant feel!
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ggis
Thank you for your lovely comment!
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Ritta
Great work! I love everything about it ! Good luck!
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ggis
Thank you for supporting my work!
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Margoton
I love the design, it's, as you said, outstanding! It gives me a lot of Mucha's vibes, who was not precisely Japanese, but I always thought that the women he painted were both strong and incredibly graceful, ethereal. Maybe it's because these flower remind me of the Art Nouveau aesthetic, I don't know. But your work is gorgeaous
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ggis
Oh, wow, thank you so much for sharing your associations! And yes, I see, especially if I'd made something like lilies or irises instead of mums.
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cahueful
This is an absolutely exquisite piece. Every aspect. Truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing your work.
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ggis
Awww, thank you for each word, it means so much!
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royalblack
I'm always looking forward to seeing your competition entry and once again I was not disappointed!
Such outstanding craftsmanship and elegant lines... thank you for sharing your work with us once again!

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ggis
I'm so deeply honored to receive this beautiful words from you, Barbara, thank you so much!
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lcostigliolo
Your work is always so elegant! The line of the corset, the construction and the embroidery are just delicious!
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ggis
Thank you for your kind feedback, Luca, I'm in awe!
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Elegant, exquisite, ethereal - all the superlatives in fact! Really lovely craftmanship.
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ggis
Thank you so much, I'm very pleased!
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paulay71
Beautiful work, such elegance.
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ggis
Thank you for your support!
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latelierdelafleur
Your piece is so incredibly elegant and sophisticated in every way. The contrast of the soft colours on black and the black satin in lieu of binding really makes it extra special!
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ggis
It's something like graphite gray, tricky color to capture. Thank you so much for your generous compliments!
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latelierdelafleur
Ah, I will lay the blame on my tricksy monitor! I like it even more knowing it's gray! :)
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buckinghamsgirl
Absolutely stunning artistry, and I loved reading about your process. This is a real work of art, tremendously inspiring! <3
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marloes dadswell
Between the delicate but intricate nature of the corset and the perfectly embroidered details, you have reached perfection! I am so amazed by your skill and looking at this is a dream come to life. I am mesmerized!
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jema
Exquisite, meticulous and so delicate - everything about this corset is just delightful, well done for challenging yourself to work with mesh and transparent fabrics too - they can be unforgiving, but you've cracked it!
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