Ritta Koleva, Ontario, Canada
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.
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.
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!