Sophie Taylor (Silver Rose Corsetry)
Inspiration and Mood Board: Pinterest
Photographer: Subject to Status
Model: Stephanie Loraine
The Cosmic Butterfly was inspired by a trip to Butterfly World in Spring ’19. I found the colours, intricacy and delicate design of the wings to be ethereal. It inspired me to try and capture this detail into a corset to enhance the delicacy of the female form.
I was hoping to push my boundaries on creating simple patterns for corsets by creating a pattern design which followed the print of a butterfly wing.
Butterflies are a symbol of re-birth and renewal, beginning as a caterpillar before creating a home for themselves to grow into something beautiful. I was inspired to apply this to my work by taking some time to renew my designs and re-look at how I approach creating patterns. I knew this piece was going to be the biggest technical challenge I have faced so far, but the journey of producing this piece has helped me break through to create more constructionally challenging pieces. Using the structure of the corset to add to the design of the piece, I mimicked the design of a butterfly wing.
I draped a standard corset pattern on the mannequin and I used this as a base to draw on new panel seams, creating the butterfly wing pattern pieces. This new pattern creates the upper part of the design, using duchess satin with a custom butterfly design. To prevent warping the fabric I used interfacing to back the satin, and hand basted these pieces to a black coutil before sewing the top half of the corset together.
The hip godets are black power mesh sewn up separately to the rest of the pattern. More pressing was needed to mould the seams before sewing them open. I repeated this with the upper section of the corset to create the inner top stitching on the seams. I attached the power mesh to the satin, creating the full body of the corset. This required a lot of easing in, as the waist seam had an opposing curve to the upper corset. I created a button stand-style pattern piece for the eyelets so that the hip godets would not meet at the back.
I made satin bias binding to create boning channels, holding two bones per seam. I struggled with the overlapping of boning channel stitching, however using a zipper foot worked well. The spiral steel boning I custom cut, finishing off the corset with the same black satin bias binding and paying particular attention to the peaked edges of the hip godets and gunmetal silver eyelets for lacing up.
Printed duchess satin,
Power corsetry mesh
Self made satin bias binding
Spiral steel boning (self custom-cut length)
Spring steel (custom-cut length)
What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?
Be brave, you never know until you try!