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

Traveling to London

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My flight was delayed by 3 hours. I quickly got placed onto an alternate connection (and cut out one layover so it was a fantastic change as I also got to fly out on a brand new Virgin Atlantic plane). The flight crew did a bingo game with us in the waiting room while I stitched the final details on this lovely red corset. I won a $50 Delta flight voucher which was a lovely surprise.

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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

Ice & Fire Ball

For this event I was cast as Cersei and needed an outfit stat! I took the red surcoat and found the scraps of fabric to make a set of sleeves & belt. The belt is made from a few layers of horse hair. I added an embroidered rampant lion on the sleeves to tie into the Lannister family.

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photo ©2015 Jean Martin

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“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”

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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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

Black & Red Corset

Corsets seem like an unlikely article of clothing to take underwater… they don’t flow or drape or do anything interesting themselves underwater. But the model’s body positioning which is only possible underwater and flowing hair make up for that in these fun shots.

Black and Red corset modeled by Cindy Breheny

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Just some fun shots from the ever lovely Mr. Mathews. Images 2013 M.Alberich Mathews All Rights Reserved.

Black Dot coutil corset sample piece

I decided to pair this luscious black dot coutil with white lace and white stitching. It was actually my husbands suggestion to add the red taffeta binding. I really like how striking it is :) Way to go husband!

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