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Violets Violets

Violets Violets

Violets Violets

 

Violets

Ritta Koleva, Ontario, Canada

 

The Design

I had some vintage violets from the beginning of the century that created the mood for the corset. I always wanted to use them, but somehow they didn’t fit any of my projects and I completely forgot about them. When I was searching for materials for the corset, I found them, but I didn’t have the matching fabric. My sister sacrificed her skirt. This is how the corset was born and the old skirt and the vintage flowers got a new life. 

 

The Construction

I didn’t have a corset mannequin so I made one out of an old T-shirt and fiber fill. I made the pattern for the corset myself. The biggest challenge was that I had three days only to make the corset and I didn’t sleep for 36 hours. I got confused about the entry date. The sewing of the corset was also a challenge. I realized that I didn’t have the right tools and ironing equipment. But what stressed me the most was the hand sewing, especially the feathers. I’m happy it’s all done. 

 

Materials Used

Silk, vintage silk flowers, artificial flowers, feathers, trim, coutil, spiral and steel boning.

 

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

It is my first competition and I got so stressed out, because I wasn’t sure what I had to do. I made mistakes, but also I learned a lot. My advice is: organize, plan, make sure you have enough time!

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kitty mortensen
I always tell myself "this year I'll start sooner" and somehow I always end up closer and closer to the deadline before starting. I love that you're sister sacrificed her skirt, her sacrifice will be remembered <3 it is a stunning piece and I love the flowers too
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Ritta
Thank you ! She will get a new corset instead of old skirt :)
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kitty mortensen
A very nice trade on her part ;)
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I'm in love with this purple ! And I really would like to see this piece on a body, will you do a photoshoot once ?
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Ritta
Thank you ! I would take some pictures My model is not available at the moment. Expecting her news week .
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Ritta Koleva
next * week
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Laurel A Price
This was done in 3 days?!? I'm both impressed and begging you to take care of yourself!

The design is so elegant and deceptively simple, I can imagine the stress to make it look so smooth! The subtle hue shifts in purple are gorgeous.

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Ritta
Thank you ! I stitched it in 3 days , with no much sleep, but I prepared the pattern and the mock up earlier.
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bernadettebanner
This is such a sleek and classy design, I love it!
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Ritta
Thank you !
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Ritta
Thank you !
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kirstymitchell
Don't feel stressed Ritta, enjoy it, it's such an accomplishment!
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Ritta Koleva
Thank you !
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lyrisdesign
Gorgeous, I love the colours and violet embellishments!
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Ritta
Thank you !
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cmurph03
I can't believe you did this in only 3 days! It's stunning. I'm also in awe of how smooth your panels are.
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Ritta
Thank you ! I was very careful with the grain . The sewing took 3 days (and I didn’t sleep much), but I prepared the pattern and had 1 mock up fitting earlier.
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royalblack
What?! It's incredible that you did this in just three days, wow!
Very beautiful execution and lovely colours and materials. Well done for entering the competition despite the stress!

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Ritta
Thank you!
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lcostigliolo
Beautiful colours and choice of materials! I love the vintage flowers!
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Ritta
Thank you !
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carolinewoollin
Three days!! Well done for getting such a gorgeous piece finished in break-speed time. All the colours and fabric go together so well.
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Ritta
Thank you !
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paulay71
Perfect violet colour match to the flowers, lovely design.

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Ritta
Thank you !
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marloes dadswell
Very well done for achieving to make this floral stunner in just three days!
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Ritta
Thank you !
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jema
wonderfully smooth corset with a tricky fabric! well done
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Ritta
Thank you !
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kikkii
Such a smooth and elegant finish, very lovely design!<3 And that you made this is 3 days is just mindblowing, I bet you were ready for a solid 20-hour nap when you submitted your entry!
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Ritta
Thank you ! You guessed right ! I slept 16 hours .
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