I all comes back to sewing if I can make it. See, I told you I was obsessed.
So, we're supposed to come up with something that is multi-layered, multifaceted, more than meets the eye....
No, Optimus, not you. You'll have to go be the center of attention somewhere else.
The first things I thought about were corsets. They have plenty of potential to be more than they appear.
First off, there are literally multi-layered. At least any of the really good ones are, and all of the ones I make. But there's a lot more depth to them than that.
And keep in mind, most of this is subjective since I've made about seven of them. Five of them are in the same style, and so that's quite old hat to me now. It's gotten to the point where it's comfortably familiar, but not yet boring enough for me to take the leap off into the great unknown. But I'll get to that in a minute.
They were a big mystery to me at first. You take fabric, run a bunch of steel through it, and suddenly you have OMFGholycrapcleavage. I thought it was actually the boning that gave corsets their support. I was wrong.
See, a proper corset (to me, anyway) has at least two layers, one of which is (or should be, anyway) a foundation layer. This foundation layer is made of a sturdy kind of material such as coutil, or a kind of canvas known as duck (which is what I actually use). The boning is there to keep the fabric from warping, but it really is the fabric that provides the base of the support. Which is why you may have noticed that buying off the rack "corsets" in the mall sticks you with a garment that doesn't support you like you need it to. That and they all use shitty plastic boning.
I also thought they were pretty complicated at first. And don't get me wrong, I'm sure they can be. That "leap off into the great unknown" I mentioned a bit ago? That, for me, is what is known as "bespoke corsetry", which is the truly custom stuff. You take a person's measurements, and actually create (or draft) a pattern from those measurements. The ones I've made thus far have been made using a commercial pattern I bought (which I, personally, have had lots of success with). Then you get into where do you put this boning stuff anyway, cups instead of princess seams, busks, different sizes of grommets, different places to lace things, and the list goes on and on and on.
So there's still a lot that is a mystery to me. But the ones I've been making are, to me, not as complicated as I thought they would be. What they really are is time-consuming.
Corsets are also more than they seem to the people around me. I cannot tell you the number of times I've been asked a certain question about them. It never fails that when I wear a corset, I get asked this question. And no, I'm not going to let you know what it is yet, because I want to see how many people ask it of me next week.
So corsets have, to me, anyway, often been a source of surprise when my first assumptions were dashed. And they even provide some befuddlement for the people around me, as those people have their own assumptions about them.
That and they're just damn fun.New
And now, ( photos!Collapse )
This style is getting a little boring. I think it's time to move on to the truly custom stuff.