Burlesque ~ Mina La Fleur From Girlesque
Sweet, I’ve been gifed! :) I think that’s a first.
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
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
Finally making a little progress in my lady-like pursuits. I’ve not picked this one up in awhile! It’s a lovely day to embroider outside.
Ooo, look! Here are some photos from Elegant Wedding magazine showcasing a wedding I performed at last summer with COCO FRAMBOISE - Burlesque Cabaret Showgirl and Lady Bona at the Fermenting Cellar. Swanky times! Thanks again to Coco for asking me to be a part of this!
I know I’ve been mostly posting vague details of recent projects (and at inauspicious times for tumblr, it seems!), so here I am wearing a couple of corsets at “work”! ;)
I love pick-up appointments! This was one of my very favourite commissions of all time, and really the loveliest client a girl could hope for. I’m slightly wistful that our collaboration is at its end and I very much look forward to sharing photos with you all after the wedding at the end of August!
Now, I think belated birthday truffles are in order! :)
Corset making in progress. Aided by Depeche Mode and Tears For Fears goodness.
I’m doing a bit of a wider binding on this piece (yes, I did a little happy dance inside when my client wanted a bolder binding to bring out the contrast more) and changing my order a bit to better accommodate the flossing, and I’m in love! Will post pictures if my lovely bridal client is okay with it, but otherwise I’ll share as soon as I can after the wedding. :) So much love in this piece. For now, I will tease you by sharing what is sure to be the very vaguest of details, which is the before and afters of the dyed silk floss. We’re quite pleased with the outcome!
Oddly, my favourite silk doesn’t come in a true orange, so I opted for the closest lighter colour I could find with the intention of having it go for an orange hot tub experience. It’s just gorgeous, I wish the shop had more on hand and I’d go back for it! But it’s not quite right, as you can see in the first picture. It was hard to capture the true colour, but it’s a very warm gold, but it needs to match this silk!
And here is the result of my efforts:
As you can see, it’s still very lustrous indeed! I’ve done this before for an elusive olive green as well. (which is from beige, as a reference) I take them off the spools because I just don’t trust them to dye evenly otherwise. It’s a lot of fun coaxing the next apart and winding into tidy loops. :) I’ve definitely done more dying in the past few months than I ever have in my career, which is a neat thing.
Alright then, back to it for me!