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After Ragnarök

Julia Elstring, Hovmantorp, Sweden (mytomsydd.se)

IG: julia_mytomsydd

Assistant: Kristoffer Berglind


The Design

I took inspiration from the Norse mythology. The corset tells the story of what happens after Ragnarök (Armageddon) when all of the world will go under. The white patchwork part of the corset is the old, faded past. Only scraps and faded imprints of leaves are left. The inside of the lapels however is covered with the first growth of the new world. I decided from the beginning that to honour the theme of circular economy, recycling and remaking I would only use fabrics and materials that I already had and that were left over after other projects.


  • Contrast between old and new
  • The use of scrap fabrics and left overs
  • Nordic mythology


The Construction

  • The fashion fabric is made of a patchwork of different white fabrics.
  • The strength layer is an old sheet of good, sturdy quality.
  • The lapels are covered with French knots of moulié yarn. The glowing flowers are crocheted, dyed, starched and fitted with led lights.
  • The boning is a combination of steel, spiral steel and plastic.
  • The collar is built out of layers of acrylic net, steel wire, and felt.

Pattern: I drew the pattern starting with a basic female bodice block with my measurements and worked it in to a basic S-shape corset (turn of the 19th century). I then changed the seams slightly and added the lapels.

Limitations and challenges: As I have decided to enter the competition to develop and push myself into becoming better, I always end up with a too-ambitious idea and far too much work. This year the adding of a couple thousand French knots was possibly a bad idea as they took most part of the weekends during the autumn and winter. It was fun to make a corset with lights in though.


Materials Used

Fashion and strength- layer: Cotton, wool, raw silk, linen. Boning: plastic, steel, spiral steel cotton satin for boning channels. decoration: cotton yarn, silk dye, starch, led- lights. Building layers: acrylic net, steel- wire, cotton felt.


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

To enter the foundations revealed competition is a great opportunity to move your skills forward, to get new inspiration and to think outside the box. It is a good experience for both mind and hands to have someone else to choose the theme and timeframe. If you become a finalist that is just a great bonus.


Oh my god, all those french knots! I thought it was some kind of modellers-faux-moss - it looks incredible! I love the natural/woodland look of the lapels
Julia Elstring
Thank you. Yes, the french knots....in the end it felt like I was under their spell, I did embroider all the time and everywhere.
Wow I LOVE the design of the theme! Beautiful and beautifully made!
Oh my god... your french knot moss is AMAZING!!! Such dedication-- you did a splendid job!
There is so much skill evident here—the construction, the incorporation of lights, the intricate decoration—it’s fabulous!
kitty mortensen
This is exquisite I got the nordic theme right away, stunning work
The gravity defying neckline is the first thing that struck me. Then on closer inspection after reading, the patchwork is done so thoughtfully and the use of all the tonal pieces has such subtle beauty.
The embroidered lapels are so beautiful, I can't imagine how long that must have taken to do!
This corset is incredibly beautiful! I love the way you’ve done the patches of fabric, it’s so subtle and cohesive and delicate.
Gorgeous! I love the sleek, longline shape of the corset, it is so well fitted. The lapels are amazing, I have so much respect for all those french knots.
I love the long patchwork of the old gods, with just hints of dried leafy twiggy remnants.
Joy R.
Those french knots are incredible. I really admire your ability to keep the vision of what you wanted to make in front of you for all the time and care it took to make. Wow!
Meri Pinyol
I love how you used the patchwork of different white fabrics. I saw the past work in last edition and I see your personal touch, it's fantastic!
The patchwork alone would make this stunning, but these amazing lapels transform it into a piece of art! I salute you for stitching all those knots!
What a stunning interpretation of the theme!
There are many things I enjoy about your design - the different textures, the unusual shape of the lapels, those french knots(!!), the way you have incorporated lights... Wow, I'm very impressed, thank you for sharing this beautiful piece with us!

What an amazing design! The embroidery and crocheted details are wonderful!
The sculptural quality to this is astounding. Incredible!
A patchwork corset and an amazing neckline. Gorgeous!
Those french knot field blows my mind, just crazy! Amazing concept and result!
I can't even believe my eyes with all of your french knots! I thought it was felted at first and I can't even imagine the time and care you've put into this. Just incredible!
I LOVE your French knotting This is amazing! So much time must have gone into this embroidery that you have a black belt in patience. WoW :-D
marloes dadswell
I love the inspiration you took to make this gorgeous piece. I squeed hard when I saw those French knots. I Know how much time they take to make and I take my hat off to you! It is like a little mossy oasis and I looooove it!
Extraordinary use of layered textiles and interesting techniques, backed up by really strong design - well done!
This is just extraordinary! The patchwork, the moss illusion, the construction the story.. LOVE it!
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