Elena Pozdnyakova, Moscow, Russia
I got inspired by this year's contest theme, as I had two personal projects matching it (kimono remake and this one with blooming roses) and really needed the push to even start those. Unfortunately, I had very little time to sew (as I am sewing after my full-time job), and I had a definite idea in mind for both of my intended projects. I decided to finish my ‘Coral rose’ (as a second project was a four piece set including the corset).
In the beginning I planned to use mesh for the corset, but then I found the fabric left from my other project: greenish-gold cotton sateen, which seemed perfect as a canvas for the roses. The design of the corset is rather basic, as my main idea was using the beautiful 3D rose embroidery set I bought years ago and never had the chance to use. The real challenge was to place the embroidery on the corset curves so it would add to the curves and not mask them.
This was my third overall corset and first one I made not as a course project for Irissa’s corset school I attended 1.5 years ago. This one is based on Nemuro corset patterns and sewn using her methods, as I worked as her sewing apprentice for the last 6 months on and off. On the mock-up I tried placing the embroidery and re-drew the patterns a couple of times for the lines to be cohesive and so that the embroidery lines lined up well to the corset curves. The corset was assembled using double boning in most of the seams; it’s rather light but has a decent waist reduction. The embroidery is hand-stitched on the finished corset, and it was the main challenge.
Cotton sateen for an outer layer - leftovers from my other project, thus the bias tape was made in an awkward angle and was really short, as it was cut in the end (and it shows), cotton brocade for the base layer (I decided not to buy fabric in a matching color, so I used leftovers I had on hand), three types of boning (5mm steel, 5mm spiral wire, 5mm plastic), 5mm eyelets, cotton threads in two different shades, 3D embroidery set I bought a couple of years ago.
What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?
It was crazy, as I managed to miss a post with the announcement of the theme and deadlines, so I learned about it in the middle of January and was talked into participating by Nemuro (I did whine a lot that I had a project for the theme but had absolutely no time to even start). In the end I decided to at least try it, as I am a really deadline-oriented person (as in: no deadline, may not even start as I have a ton of other stuff to do). I started sewing on January 25th (though I had decided on the design, patterns and embroidery placement by then) and sewed like crazy all the weekends (well, both of them) and after work. In the end I have a finished corset and considerably less spare fabric lying around, so it’s a total win. Also I started on the pants, shirt and skirt to wear this corset with.
I would definitely recommend participating! It’s fun, gives you a push and/or inspiration for starting your project and hopefully finishing it in time.