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Sewing Blind Sewing Blind

Sewing Blind Sewing Blind

Sewing Blind Sewing Blind

 

Sewing Blind 

Marion Brégier, Saint Martin d'Hères, France (http://green-martha.blogspot.com/)

IG: green.martha

 

The Design

Among the funny quirks that my earthly vehicle was gifted with is the close-to-inability to see with my right eye. This is normally not an issue, except when the other eye decided it needed replacement parts! For several weeks, bandages and other fun things reduced my eyesight to a dark and blurry mess. Not a good thing for precision sewing, or any sewing at all!

Thankfully, I had my final mock-up from last year’s entry sitting around. The fit was good – actually better than the final one where I made a cutting mistake. I didn’t want to see this hard work and perfect coutil go to waste, so I tried some embellishment techniques.

I had a few scraps from the stretch velvet I used for my entry outfit from 2018, and bought a bunch of guipure collars to cut up. Finding the right shade of blue to go with the dark gold and not clash with each other was surprisingly difficult, so some lace pieces never got used but have been carefully stashed until the right project comes along.

I cut up the flowers, leaves and twirls and overlapped them as if they originally belonged together. I included some organza flowers and a fluttery butterfly for some 3D texture – something I want to work on more in future projects.

 

The Construction

I have to thank Peau d’Âme Corsets for the idea and advice on seamlessly covering a corset in stretch velvet – although mine has seams, as none of my scraps were very big. The velvet was carefully stretched over the curves and tacked with tiny hand stitches to the corset and to the previous piece of velvet.

Thankfully, the body of the corset was already constructed and the velvet in place when I blindly picked this up again. Most of the lace was also applied prior to my eye surgery; what was left I could handle by getting everything really close to my face and sewing by touch. But inserting the busk and center back bones--that was an adventure! I am proud to say I only had to redo the busk seams once, and didn’t break any needles doing so!

The busk is a little hard to maneuver due to the thickness of the velvet. I minimized the bulk inside the corset by finishing the velvet edges with bias tape instead of turning them under; I left it unlined as this started out as a mock-up and went on as a study piece.

I enjoyed giving remnants from previous challenges a new life – upcycling a mock-up and scraps that would otherwise have been discarded.

 

Materials Used

Dot coutil, synthetic whalebone, stretch velvet, blue guipure collars, taffeta ribbon, satin ribbon

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Allison Johnson
This is simply beautiful!
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Rossanne Hamilton
That blue on the gold! And I love the texture, it's stunning
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certainsundries
Wow! You did an amazing job and really tackled an obstacle that would have many people shy away. Great job!
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bernadettebanner
I was initially going to comment how clean and neat this project is—but then I read how much of this was done with limited eyesight and WOW, now I am even more seriously impressed!!
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kitty mortensen
Oh wow, sewing blindly really proves that sewing is something you so because you can't help it. I love your story and your entry. I hope your eye gets better soon <3
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kirstymitchell
What an eye catching colour palette. All that detail with sight problems, amazing.
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lyrisdesign
Gorgeous work, and I respect your to take it on under such challenging circumstances. Love the rich colours.
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Laurel A Price
How beautiful it is!! I am just in love with the different textures this garment must have when you're handling it.

I can't imagine working on projects without the full use of my eyes, your words on pressing on through the 'calibrations' were enjoying to read and humbling to think about. It's often that I think that I'm not good enough to attempt difficult project in the first place, but this was a good reminder that we all have our hurdles. It's more about our goals than our materials.

Wonderful design over all!

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AD
I love that you just kept going, let the inner vision guide you, when your eyesight became so limited. Truly impressive and inspiring for us all! No reason to stop just because some situation changes, or we don't have the fabric (or workroom) that we want, or our body needs some rest and tending. You kept going. I can only imagine how your sense of touch must have been enhanced during this process making it even more sensual and sensory than usual. Thank you for sharing this with us. It's just stunning. And so are you.
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olafsonv
Wow. You are such a good example of resiliency.
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Meri Pinyol
All the details are well taken care of and after reading your story I think it is an overcoming story which all of us should learn.
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librarygirl
Wow! Just wow. You are fearless and this corset is a testament to your vision and strength. That blue colour is intense and love the back lacing in the blue too.
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hannahjoy
Beautiful. I love the richness and layered blue accents. Well done.
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royalblack
That is truly impressive, Marion!
Your entry has turned out so beautiful despite the obstacle you had to overcome. It's really inspiring that you participated anyways and you can be very proud of what you have achieved!

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lcostigliolo
Wow! The velvet cover just looks gorgeous! It's amazing that you kept going after what you had to go trough! Thanks for sharing your entry, it's really beautiful!
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Big respect on using that most difficult of fabrics so well! It's a stunning corset Marion.
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paulay71
I love that even with the challenges you faced, you still entered, re-using something you already had. The applique is gorgeous, I love the blue.
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marloes dadswell
Hats off to you dear for persevering and for making this truly amazing ensemble! I love everything about it!
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latelierdelafleur
These colours are glorious together and I love your layered embroidery! Your challenge was something a lot of people would have let stop them and I'm so glad you persevered because the finished piece is marvellous!
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jema
lovely combination of colours from the stash - and difficult fabrics to work with, I hope you feel renewed through working on this lush piece!
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brevierbird
Marion, once again you amaze and delight! I love the often whimsical nature of your work and this year the backstory enriches your result even more. Thank you for persevering...it is lovely to see your result. x

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