Molly Cahill, California, U.S.
My inspiration for this project was the thistles that grow abundantly in the foothills in the area where I live. I used to see them all the time when I went hiking and riding in the area when I was growing up. I vividly remember the smell of the coyote brush and the way the thistles would snag on my clothes when I took horse riding lessons during the summer. The blue color of the corset and the white lace are meant to reflect the sky, and the green and purple flossing are meant to represent the thistle that grew along the trails.
This is the first corset I have ever constructed and the pattern I used was the 1860s Gored Corset pattern by Redthreaded. The base layer is cotton coutil which I flat lined with a fashion layer of crepe back silk satin and a fusible interlining. The boning channels are attached on the inside by top stitching through all layers using silk thread. the edges are bound using the satin fashion fabric and fusible interfacing I cut into bias strips. I flossed the corset using embroidery thread and whip stitched the lace along the top edge. The main fit issue I had was in the bust area, but I was able to correct this by reducing the bust gusset size and not slashing the pattern as low. I have never sewn with satin before but the tips on dealing with difficult materials I found here on Foundations were invaluable. I think this was also where I found the stitch pattern for the flossing.
Cotton coutil, steel busk, spiral steel boning, straight steel boning, silk crepe back satin, Chinese silk embroidery thread, polyester lace, cotton twill tape, cotton bone casing, silk sewing thread.
What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?
I had a lot of fun doing this, even if I was down to the wire to finish it, but the competition inspired me to push myself further than I would have otherwise. Definitely worth it.