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Corset: Laurie Tavan
Photography & MUA: Iberian Black Arts

Catherine D’Lish Robe

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For Valentines Day this year my husband gifted me a custom robe from Catherine D’Lish. Quite a luxury. I’ve lounged around in it, eaten jam on crumpets in it, taken it on vacation, and just enjoyed it hanging in my home. It is a very decorative piece that I’ve found is more useful than I could have imagined. Here are the images my husband shot of me enjoying our vacation. I have to admit it is fun to wear coming down a staircase and I have one of those at home too!

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This was at the apartment we rented and outside in the private calle during out visit to Venice, Italy for Redentore this year. I wore it over my sheer bobinette corset for the boudoir shots, then added a lovely gown underneath for shots out in more public spaces.

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Quince in Velvet

Another from the same Blossoms in velvet idea as the pale wisteria version but adapted to suit this model. I am more than pleased with the results :) She really enjoys bobbinet corsets and I have been experimenting with it over the past year. I really love the styling and am over the moon.

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Model: Threnody in Velvet
Photographer: Iberian Black Arts
Corset: Laurie Tavan
Latex: Lady Lucie Latex

Fan & Curl

Here is the first image with Victoria Dagger wearing my designs styled with hats from Kalico Delafay Millinery for my Fall/Winter 2015 Lookbook campaign: Step into the Spotlight.

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Fan & Curl.
Photographer: Martin Ave photo
Model: Victoria Daggar
Designer: Laurie Tavan
Hat designer: Kalico Delafay Millinery

Spanish Look

The first outfit from my collaboration with Morgana (Threnody in Velvet ) styled with a mantilla veil & peineta comb.

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Model: Threnody in Velvet
Photographer: Iberian Black Arts
Corset & pants: Laurie Tavan

These are my very first set of undies (pants, panties, knickers, underwear – what have you) as well made from silk charmeuse with 3 ribbon side ties.

“Sugared Smoke”

The view from our room in Las Vegas:
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After lacing Long corset (working title) onto the pillow I waited till dark and we took her for a shoot around the Las Vegas strip. I added a beaded shiny capelette to fancy up the look:
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After hauling her around Vegas through the casinos I noted that she was now “Sugared Smoke”, sugar from the accident of placing her in a bag full of sugar (thank my son for that one) and smoke because of how stinky all the hotels are from people smoking. My hair picked up the smell a lot more than the corset thankfully. But now she has the taste and smell component of the “Five senses”. Continue reading “Sugared Smoke”

Black & Tan

A new show piece for the shop on the way from a recent custom client fitting. Here is the lovely Monica trying it on for me. It is too short in the torso length for her but gives me a good feel for the patterning. It worked lovely on her waist & I’m super happy with the fit at the hip.IMG_1398

We just threw it on over her dress and I popped the jellyfish net hat on her head.

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Lacing up

After finishing the last hand stitching on the lace I decided to take a quick photo of the corset. I made a make-shift backdrop out of the sheet on the bed at the hotel. Looks pretty good to me:
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I like to take photos before I lace up a corset because it is a view you can not get without the corset being unlaced. As I was adjusting the lacing I got frustrated and put it on my legs to get some tension and my husband thought it looked cute and took a pin-up shot of me with a corset on my legs. Leg binding spat? Kinda works for the picture:

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Since I was not at home with my mannequins I decided to lace her onto a flat pillow, not the most flattering but it worked to fill her out a bit:

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And here is the love of my life ignoring my shenanigans with my dolly:

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Savoy

Savoy American Duchess shoes as worn by Cathy Hay during my visit to England this past year. Aren’t they so beautiful. You can get your own and she even has some imperfects up for sale at a lower price range during the year: Imperfects at a 35 dollar discount. I’ve purchased some imperfects and can never find flaws on them so I think Lauren is very strict with her quality control so it is a great way to get excellent shoes at a discount.

Here is one of the full length shots from this fun shoot:

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And a close up:

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Long Corset is long

Every year Foundations Revealed hosts a corsetry competition. This year there were two themes for the competition: The Five Senses and the 1913 E.F. Hume corset. I fully designed one for the former theme that I decided would be a lot of work to implement with not a lot of future use potential so I’ll share my “Five Senses” design idea later on. Instead I went with the Hume patent corset challenge. My goal was to adapt this antique pattern into a fun modern corset-dress with nods towards historical stylings. I pulled the fabrics from my new collection I’m working on for this fall to develop the design.

I started by taking an image of the HUME patent I found online and scaled it using photoshop. I chose to measure the waist line in each section and set the final size to a 20″ waist. I’ve been working on sample pieces at a smaller size purely because it take a lot less fabric, less sewing, yet still might work on some slender models since I rarely work smaller than a size US 8. This will help increase the range of body types I work.

Here is the original patent scaled up and printed at Kinko’s. In the future I’d probably just print at home tiling the pattern because Kinko’s managed to take 45 minutes to get it printed properly. But other than that it worked beautifully.

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The original pattern had to be trued up at the top and bottom edges. At this point I decided to cut and slash and change the pattern a bit. Because I wanted this to be more of an outerwear modern dress I did lengthen and add some cup to the top front. I also changed the center front edges to create a curved peek-a-boo section which I plan for wearing over a black skirt for modesty or perhaps with little hot pants or lingerie for a more boudoir look. Continue reading Long Corset is long