This is the UK dress diary for my entry for Foundations Revealeds competition 2013: Ornamentation. The corset was produced in december 2010, but as it fits the ornamentation category so well, i decided to give it a go.
The technical specifications:
- single layer coutil
- 7 mm spiral steel boning at all seams
- 7 mm spring steel at center back closure.
- Thais silk fashion layer
- 151 peacock feathers
- 26 metal eyelets
- satin band
I used an old self-drafted pattern, with a discrete overbust shape, and no reduction at the waist, as it was to be used for new year eve dinner, and I'd like some comfort while wearing it. Using the pattern as a guide, I planned the position of the peacockfeathers. The feathers were placed, so the eyes of each feather was shown to its best advantage.
The pattern used for the corset.
A feather sewn on to the silk. discrete stitches have been used around the stem to secure the feather.
After having sewn on most of the feathers I realised, that the placement pattern was not good. All though all feathers were displayed as well as possible, it never created a whole. It was a corset, with peacock feathers on, not a peacock corset.
The original placement of the feathers did not work as a whole.
The two lowest lines of feathers, with an overlap that shows of the feathers, while still creating a whole.
As the stomach and back area was getting done, I had to decide on the placement of the feathers on the chest, as they had to line up in a nice way, in order to expose as few ugly stems as possible. In order to keep an overview, I regularly mounted the silk/featherlayer on mu dress form, to assess how everything was working together.
The almost covered fashionlayer. The feather eyes are almost covered by the brown fluffy part of the surrounding feathers.
And the peacock corset was done!