I was very inspired to do a doubletake on the theme: I used mostly upcycled materials (renewing them) but I also wanted my outfit to have a literal renewal process, and on top of that I wanted the renewed outfit to display the duality often found in the myths of renewal (as phoenix).
So I wanted to do many things, but in between my new jobs I had to cling to a sentence that pains me and fuels me at the same time: kill your darlings!
So I gathered the materials I had from my thrifting adventures and tried to figure out what was actually possible for me. I found a lot of gray nuances and thought it tied well with the white rescued bridal lace I had prepped and washed just a few months before.
The gray tone had me thinking weeping angels and the song of Agathe and the silver lily. “Agathe i sit jomfrubur” loosly translates to “Agathe in her virgin-cage” and is a tale of a virgin in a tower awaiting her knight, but every time they come to save her they disregard the silver lily that will drown them in the fog and the witch will eat them. In the end Agathe will jump from her tower to her death effectively making the witch starve as no more knights will come.
Before transformation is Agathe and after is the relationship between the tower and the silver lily, with the tulle being the drowning fog.
I wanted to find my own way to quick-change as the ones I’ve found either looks very bulky in the before outfit or they are getting help with assistants pulling off the clothing attached with velcro or so.
I wanted a more elegant solution and I am stolked that my idea accually worked more or less as intended.
Once again this year I’ve crammed as many firsts as I dared with the very limited time I had to spare. The quick change was a BIG first for me. External boning channels were also a first and a pain in the tush on the gray side as the gray fabric is not happy with the iron, making me have to baste each channel by hand before applying it to the corset. In the end I am happy I did it though.
I’ve never sewn a jacket before either--only for roleplay with little attention to detail. This one was with a collar and poofy sleeves and I love it to bits.
The snap-on skirt was also a first for me, and I was inspired by Barbara's tulle train.
I’ve gained a lot of weight since last using standard patterns, so I had to redesign the skirt with a lace-up back since I did not have enough fabric to re-cut. It opens in the back with snaps and the skirt is attached to the hem of the corset with snaps as well so that it won’t show through the corsetry mesh.
New/stash materials: corsetry mesh, nude coutil, boning, caps, eyelets, jacket lace, glass beads from last year's entry.
Upcycled/thrifted materials: silver fabric found in two seperate thrift shops, rescued lace from an old wedding gown, soft gray tulle, nude wool, brooch and double boning for pulling, snapbottoms, ribbon, biastape.
What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?
It was amazing pushing myself to do some of the things I've postponed doing because I was scared of firsts. That is what this competition is about for me: being brave and willing to mess up to learn.
I pushed three people to at least start their entry and I know that at least one has taken the step and entered for the first time.
Even if you never considered it, you really should because this is not as much about competing as much as it is about growth and personal development.
It is such a unique competition space where support is an essential part, and you are driven by more than the prizes.
But I do love that the prizes are there as well; it helps ignite the passion and drive. <3 Do it, you will not regret it.
Oh, I absolutely love this transformation! It's gorgeous!
Thank you so much <3
This piece is stunning!! I love the shape the was achieved and the fit is gorgeous. it is super amazing that it looks so symmetrical even with the different materials that you used. such a good job!!
Thank you so much, it was very difficult but I'm so proud of how it turned out <3
No Kitty! It's too good!! I love the transformation. So unexpected. You're really making yourself stand out and I'm very excited for you.
Thank you so much, I really wanted to incorporate literal renewal as well as renewal of materials. I'm so happy with how it all came together, I had already decided not to make anything new for the contest, but then a song from Lucas Graham lit a fire in me
Stunning! I love the contrast of the white and silver grey, and the different embellishments you've used. The transformation is a real showstopper. Fantastic work!
Thank you so much, I'm so proud of our, and I'm so excited for the announcements Already. Though it is had to pick just three in each category
Beautiful work Kitty, I adore it! The jacket is so lovely, the reveal is awesome, and the corset and skirt so elegant and beautifully executed!
Thank you so much, I love your design it ties very nicely with your entry last year - soon you might have an entire collection <3
The fit, the beading, the reveal are all amazing!
Thank you so so much, I'm so glad I got it done in time
Kitty I'm always in awe of just how creative you are as a designer. The outfit before the quick change with the jacket is absolutely darling. And the corset and skirt combo is absolutely stunning. I love the half mesh half solid design.
Thank you so much, I was so scared to do it, but I'm so glad I did <3
Sooooo good! I love this, it's beautiful. The lace design is *chef kisses*. Such beautiful work, as always!
Thank you so much, I'm so happy you enjoy it <3 I love resquing lace and beads from beaten down wedding dresses
I love the transformation and the inspirational story ! Great job !
Thank you so much, I struggled a lot with translating the story I on what little space I had left on my word count <3 it I'm so glad it reads OK
Amazing! You could look at the details for days, and still not see it all.
Thank you so much I'm still trying to overlook my mistakes, focusing on what went right in the limited time I had to cram all those new things in
Absolutely brilliant :-D So lovely an outfit and then WOW. Thank you for entering this inspiring beautiful work.
I was so close to not even starting, but I'm so glad I did <3 Thank it so much
Absolument fabuleux! A perfect depiction of a chrysalis! And, you play each role beautifully! Congratulations on a job well done!
Thank you so much, that means a lot to me since before sewing acting was my medium. But that required other people making it hard to do unplanned, so sewing got a new fire lit in me <3
Truly amazing work, this is fabulous!
Thank you so much <3
Kitty, you have outdone yourself once again!! That corset design is just stunning and as always most amazingly presented. You are such a wonderful artist and it's incredibly inspiring that you work in so many areas (upcycling, sewing, crafting, make-up, photography...). It's always a delight to see your creations! <3
I want to cry <3 your recognition is really something that means so much to me, you've seen where I started and what corners were cut, so it just fold my heart <3 thank it so much you gorgeous talented human
Fantastic work Kitty! The design is stunning and I love the presentation in the video! It is always a pleasere to see your designs!
It has been wonderful seeing you develop your style over the past few years - you have a recognisable style now which is often difficult for creators to achieve. True artistry in this - love it to pieces!
Thank you so much, I feel I'm still struggling finding my style, but I'm over the moon to hear I have one <3 it's been such an amazing journey
Just stunning, beautiful both in concept and execution a work of art.
Thank you so much, it was an absolute battle but I'm so happy I got through it <3
Your entry is one of my absolute favourites this year, I've felt in love from the first sight and still am deeply impressed, fantastic!
That ya once off the best compliments to get <3 thank you so much, I'm still stoked that my technique for quick change even worked
This is flippin' sensational!!! Spectacular choice with the dual colours and so incredibly well executed. I am in absolute awe!!!
Oh wow, Kitty, that transformation; I just want to watch it over and over! Brilliant concept indeed!
luscious upcycling and really beautiful shaping - I love that you continue to push the boundaries of design
UGH that reveal!! <3 Such a swift quick change, that's not an easy thing to make/do! I'm so proud of you!