Pentti Lahti & Mira Penttilä
Model: Sofia @magnificentwhiterabbit
We came up with the idea of using repurposed and leftover materials. Spring and the waking up of everything felt right for us when it comes to renewal. Soft colour, soft lights. Delicacy of new things. The soft and fluffy feelings one has in the spring. Soft but strong. We went through our boxes of materials and went with a gut feeling. These materials just felt right. Our main inspiration was the softness.
Fashion fabric used to be an old skirt, coutil and mesh are leftovers from previous projects. Lace appliqués and beading are from old wedding gowns and the OCOC19 swap table. Also the zipper of the tulle skirt is reused.
We wanted to try a bit more complex way to construct a corset with a mesh by adding hip panels and slicing vertical panels diagonally to accentuate the curves. Also making a partially external waist tape was an interesting challenge.
There are both external and internal boning channels depending on the placement. We covered up mesh seams on the inside with velvet ribbon for more comfort. The fashion fabric is flatlined with the coutil and treated as one. On the inside of the corset is a floating lining attached to parts where there is no mesh. The binding is made of the same fashion fabric and it's finished by hand.
The lace applique is made of three different lace fabrics. They are carefully placed on top of each other to create an interesting surface. They are sewn on by machine where it was possible, and the rest is finished by hand. All the little beads and sequins are hand sewn on last.
This was the second mesh corset we have done so there were helpful articles about mesh corsets on Foundations Revealed, and Royal Black Couture's Patreon page was also handy.
Dupion silk, herringbone coutil, polyester corsetry mesh, cotton lining, fusible interlining, herringbone tape, cotton thread, three different lace fabrics, sequins, glass beads, spiral steel boning, flat steel boning, velvet ribbon, grommets, satin lacing, tulle and polyester lining and an invisible zipper.