Foundations Revealed Competition- Time to Vote!

And as promised here is the link to see my entry into the competition this year. I hope you take the time to vote.


Thanks for looking!

The dress diary can be found through the link or under the tag “long corset” on this blog.


Model: Monica Lenk
Photographer: Tavan Photography
Corset & skirt: Laurie Tavan


I wanted to get some good shots on a real body before the competition entries went up so those of you who come to read the dress diary get a nice fun treat seeing Monica wear the Vegas Black Diamond Cocktail dress. Sam came along and asked if he could be a prop so I added him to the storyline & popped him into a corset under his waistcoat.


Photographer: Tavan Photography
Models: Monica Lenk & Sam Simmons of Overattired
Corsetry: Laurie Tavan

“Sugared Smoke”

The view from our room in Las Vegas:

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:

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”

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:

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:


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:


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


Sugared Bows & Traveling

At this point the corset still needed a bunch of hand sewing. So what am I to do when headed off on my 7 year anniversary trip to Las Vegas with my husband? Take the corset to work on of course. Many of my samples are all hand stitched in cars, planes, or trains during family vacations. I like saving up small hand work for otherwise downtime.

With everything pinned into place I safely tucked the corset into a shopping bag to take on the plane. Imagine my surprise when I pull the corset out and it is covered in sugar. We recently had a tea party at the shop and apparently my son decided to empty an entire bowl of sugar into the “empty bag”. I was frustrated for a moment and then joked that now my entry had “taste”. Sugared bows!


So I remained unphased and just brushed off what I could and moved on with the project, sugar and all. I however ditched the sugar filled bag in the car as we left it parked at the airport lot. So I carried her around just rolled up:


She was pretty long to fit in the seat back pocket in the plane but I made due. This was the first corset where no one asked me what I was sewing but I noticed a lot of people trying to not look:

Half was sewn by the time we arrive at our hotel:

Visiting at the Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas:

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.


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