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Wings of Winter

Wings of Winter

Wings of Winter

Wings of Winter

 

 

Wings of Winter

Annie Brahe, Ulstrup, Denmark

IG: anniebrahe

Inspiration and Mood Board: Pinterest

 

The Design

As I looked through the mood board for this theme, it quickly became clear to me that the bridge between winter and spring would capture me. The stark, white stillness of frost, broken by soft soil and dewy leaves. Danish author, Steen Steensen Blicher’s poem “Det er hvidt herude” (It is white out here, melody by Thomas Laub, 1914), perfectly captures this longing for warmth in the middle of winter, which makes it one of my favourite songs. The poem was written in 1838, and thus I decided to replicate techniques from the late 1830s/early 40s. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with corded corsets, and cording in general. I was particularly interested in how I could use it, and quilting and embroidery, to recreate Blicher’s ethereal metaphors with a needle and thread. Throughout the corset you can see snowflakes, “winter’s knot”, hints of trees from the forest and Blicher’s orchard and the many birds around his home: most notably the rooster who dares to foretell of thaw.

My favourite part of the poem is the last verse. Blicher writes; “Come South-west, who forces frost, come with your fog-wings, come and free the bound earth”. This inspired the set of corded wings at the back of the corset, which is the part I am the most proud of. My favourite part of the corset, however, is the small secret I have hidden in the lining, right over the heart: spring is closer than it seems.

 

The Construction

Seeing as this was my first time making a corset, I knew next to nothing. “Making a One Panel Corset with Gores” by Caroline Woollin on Foundations Revealed was a great help in understanding how a non-panelled corset comes together, and after closely studying the article, I drafted the first pattern and made the first mock-up. And when that didn’t work out, I did it again with more success. Some tweaking and thrifting later, I had a good pattern and the most adorable $2 rayon tablecloth, just waiting for its new life. The fabric was quite shifty, though. I began by sewing the padded gores. I stitched the cut-out pieces of fashion fabric and batting to a larger strip of the cotton lining to keep everything in place while embroidering the pads. In hindsight, I wish I had interfaced the entirety of the rayon and not just the strip down the centre, which was embroidered.

I stitched the cording channels by machine, but to avoid the (in my opinion) unsightly mess that appears when I backstitch on the machine, I left the seams loose to then hand stitch the end through to the inside of the corset, where I tied small knots to keep everything in place. I first learned this technique when watching Morgan Donner’s YouTube video on how she made her 17th century stays.

 

Materials Used

Light blue rayon, fashion fabric (thrifted)
White cotton, lining (thrifted)
Thread
Batting
Embroidery floss
5mm metal eyelets
Cotton cord, DROPS Paris recycled denim
Satin ribbon
Wooden busk, kindly made by my dad :)

 

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

If a project of interest to you happens to match with the theme, why not enter in the competition? It's a fun community building activity, and what do you have to lose?

 

 

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kitty mortensen
I LOVE that song so much "kom sydvest som frosten tvinger, kom med dine tåge vinger, kom og løs den bunde jord" I sing it almost daily <3 and I thought of it when I saw your photos, it translated so well from your garment.
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anniebrahe
Thank you! It is so encouraging to know the message/theme carried through!
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Rossanne Hamilton
This is gorgeous, I love the wings especially, they are stunning!
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anniebrahe
Thank you!
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Beatrice
I am really enchanted by the delicacy and softness of this design, amazing work!
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anniebrahe
Thank you! Delicacy and softness are my favourite aspects of winter
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certainsundries
I really love the simplicity in the color choice, the way you worked your concept through the piece, and the special touch of your dad helping. Beautiful!
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anniebrahe
Thank you!
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Kristina H
A subtle beauty! Love the details, especially the wings! Well done.
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anniebrahe
Thank you
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kirstymitchell
What an amazing effort for a first corset Annie. I particularly like the cording and embroidery work, it looks do meticulous.
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anniebrahe
Thank you! I'm trying not to nitpick all the small things and be proud of myself!
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Olive
Wow, I love this corset and your inspiration for it! I love the powerful simplicity of the colors and the designs and the secret hidden over the heart! This corset really speaks to me. ^_^
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anniebrahe
Thank you. I'm glad you like it! especially the little sprout
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bernadettebanner
You have every right to be proud of those corded wings—I audibly gasped when I saw those! That must have taken ages, but most definitely worth the effort, in my opinion!
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anniebrahe
Thank you! My shoulders and back were killing me by the end, but it was so worth it. Nice to know others agree!
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Lindsay N
I absolutely love the detail that went into this! Those corded wings are jaw dropping, and the embroidery gives it such a beautiful character! Especially love the hidden details. Extremely well done.
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anniebrahe
Thank you - that's very encouraging to hear!
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Joy R.
This took my breath away! The cording is so delicate and tells such a lovely winter story.
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Renee
I love, love, love how you took the cording and made it into something beautiful and not just structural.
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WOW! The quilting on this is so next level and so gorgeous. WINGS!!! I am in love with those!
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Sarah
Absolutely exquisite!
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Liesl
The stitching is so beautiful and delicate, I’m in awe
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lyrisdesign
Beautifully done, I especially love the wings!
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jema
Delicate and elegant, I love the motifs you have chosen, they describe that transitional period beautifully. Great bargain of recycled fabric too!
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cmurph03
The embroidery and cording are amazing!
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Lenora
I am in awe! The wings are utterly jaw dropping! I must admit, however, that your little secret inside is my favorite part. I love it so much! I also love the adjacent mending. To me, it makes the whole garment feel more "real" and like it is loved and a part of everyday, rather than a show piece, reserved for special occasions.
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olafsonv
Oh my gosh! The stitching details are amazing!
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Margoton
It is a stunning corset, even more for a first project! I love it
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Margoton
It's such a beautiful and stunning corset, especially the embroideries! I couldn't believe it was your first corset
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sue_mcfluzen
Beautifully designed and gorgeous construction.
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Katie
Beauty captured in simplicity, and my favorite corset in the competition.
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royalblack
Wow, this is your first corset?! That's incredible!
The wing embroidery is stunning and I also love the colours and materials you have chosen. Great job!

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lcostigliolo
I too can hardly believe that this is your first corset! I love the embroidery and the quilting. My favourite detail is the cording on the back. Well done!
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Really touching. I love this so much - the little spring touch over the heart is just beautiful. Really well done.
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Sarah C
The stitching details are amazing. Absolutely stunning.
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Wow! I love the stitching detail on your corset. It's so neat and precise. This is especially impressive since this is your first corset!!! I'm really impressed with your entry. Beautiful work <3
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ggis
First corset? Wow! Fantastic result, it makes me feel warm and cozy.
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paulay71
The stitching detail is exquisite especially the wings, which are my favorite.
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marloes dadswell
Oh the Details! The Details!! I can't stop scrolling back up to look at them all again. I love, no adore your entry!
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kikkii
I must admit I squealed a bit when I saw the little sprout, oh my heart! So darn cute!!
Beautiful work!

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saule_myrthe
It's very pretty, I love how much character all the stitching brings to the garment
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