Costume College- On the way

This year I was not overly prepared for Costume college. I managed to power through jet lag from our family vacation, pack, and hop right back on a plane, this time to LA. This year my alpaca Rainbow sherbet accompanied me on the trip.

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I always enjoy having along a hand sewing project so this lovely nursing corset was flossed over the span of my costume college trip.

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2016 – Oxford Conference of Corsetry

As I gear up for the 2017 Oxford Conference of Corsetry (OCOC) I am reminded that I have yet to post about the 2015 event, not for lack of desire but because it is hard to start to explain the overwhelming amount of information and interaction over that weekend. I can say it is a big deal when I focus more on enjoying an event than documenting it (although it is hard to get a camera out of my hand unless you replace it with a corset or a dance partner of course).

After you sign up for the event you have an option to sign-up for a photoshoot on Sunday. You receive the model measurements ahead of time so you can bring or make items to fit. The conference never fails to bring in the best models and photographers, and of course the location is such a good backdrop. For my model, Ella Rose, I pulled a piece I had been working on and finished it up on time!

Wisteria in Velvet:

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I was super excited to work with Ella Rose this year and with Chris Murray who shot my work on Evie Wolfe during 2014 OCOC. Being a photographer myself, it is so rewarding to watch others work and have them give you a piece of their vision.

Here are a few images:

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Laurie Tavan I-2

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The weekend is packed with learning opportunities including the photoshoot but so much more! I can’t even start to explain but I hope to make a few more posts about my experience at 2015 OCOC.

After all is said and done, you get to walk (train, bus, fly) away with the anticipation of getting the proofs from the photographer. Then it is a bright little reminder of all the people you met and all your hard work paying off to share the final images.

“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”

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!

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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:

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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:
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Half was sewn by the time we arrive at our hotel:
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Visiting at the Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas:
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