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Going through my storage room last night, I came across this outfit from several Halloweens ago, sadly beyond salvage now. This photo was snapped by my friend Jen before we hit the village for revelry that year. RIP fetish polonaise (and some other pvc casualties as well)!

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What a dream of a dress! You look gorgeous!

Thank you very kindly! Don’t you think I absolutely have to pose swooning with Gaston? ;)

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Just in case you were curious as to what all that pleated gingham business was about. I love wearing something for the first time outside to learn what it’s personality is. How will it move? What are its idiosyncrasies? For instance, I actually preferred how it looked without foundation garments, but I hadn’t time to change. I think I’ll enjoy wearing it at Disney, despite its non-elastic qualities. ;) Mmm, foooooooood….

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Flossing detail of Risa’s bridal corset. This complex flossing pattern is comprised of 40 stitches per motif! Want to see pictures of the lovely bride wearing it? Check out the De Nueva Photography’s blog here: http://denuevaphoto.com/2014/08/risa-jon-sneak-peek-brooklyn-wedding-photographer-prospect-park-picnic-house/

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Now that the joyous nuptials have taken place, I have permission to share some photos of my recent bridal client! I have a lot to say about this collaboration and while I’m still sifting through my own detail and in-progress shots to share with you all, please head over to De Nueva Photography to see a first look of the happy couple (and many thanks to Risa, Jon and photographer Nicki of De Nueva Photography for allowing me to share the link). Risa is wearing a bespoke bridal ensemble of aubergine shot dupioni with orange contrast details, such as wide binding, complex flossing using hand-dyed silk floss, rhinestone embellishment and an adorable petite tie at the front of the corset.  


Don’t they look like the happiest couple you ever saw? :) I know I was truly bowled over when I first opened the link! I’m very much looking forward to sharing more of my thoughts on this project, and of course, pictures!

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ciocrazies Asked: As a burlesque performer was there ever a problem with singing while corsetted? And to your knowlege is a full singing breath achaivable while laced up??

I’ve always strictly been a peeler, so I can’t give you my personal experience performing vocally while corsetted (though I have no trouble at all belting it out in the privacy of my own home). ;) What I can tell you as a long-time corset wearer and professional corsetiere is that a properly fitted corset should allow room for your ribs. Styles with a cupped rib shape (as opposed to a conical rib shape) better accommodate a full breath for most people, while deep belly breathing may not be possible depending on the shape of the corset, the reduction, and your anatomy. I knew a corsetiere who made a corset for an opera singer and used firm elastic cord for the lacing, but I can’t vouch for whether or not that would be successful as I didn’t see it in person. The professional singers I’ve made corsets for have all been able to sing wonderfully while corsetted, so I’m confident you’ll be able to as well if you find the right fit. Thank you for the question!

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That satisfying moment when you figure out the right pleating recipe to fit the waist of your dress. Why am I making summer dresses in September (aside from the fact that I’m routinely a season behind in making my own wardrobe)? Florida in the balmy fall!

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Burlesque ~ Mina La Fleur From Girlesque

Sweet, I’ve been gifed! :) I think that’s a first.

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Here is a somewhat better lit shot of the front of an asymmetrical bespoke corset. This piece was a fun adventure as my client allowed me a good deal of creative freedom with the design. It’s also a bit of a departure from my usual construction methods with the boning being hidden for a smoother look under clothes. I was so thrilled to hear from this client a couple of weeks ago to let me know how much she’s enjoying wearing it and that it’s very comfortable!

Cassandra decided on colours that would imply an elegant take on traditional shapewear and I just adore the richness of the beige with the black coutil. The bones of this piece are built on to an inner foundation of coutil, covered by a soft cotton sateen lining. The outside is an asymmetrical six panel design in rose brocade coutil. The coutil was hand dyed to match the beige colour of the plush Italian silk peau de soie appliques. Gold hardware completes the warm tones of the fabric. Much basting and draping went into this gorgeous piece!

See a shot of Cassandra trying on her new corset for the first time: https://www.facebook.com/AtelierLaFleur/photos/a.133809320069425.26135.112315592218798/547174242066262/?type=1&permPage=1

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Just a quick update to let you all know that I’ll be back to the grind on Monday and happily booking appointments. Before I left, I also cut some fun things to get started on when I’m back at home with my Juki. Do send an email if interested in commissioning a piece for fall/winter! latelierdelafleur at gmail.com

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