September 25, 2011

Photoshoot fun!

A few months ago I was contacted by a local photographer. She wanted to organise a photoshoot for her portfolio and wondered if I was interested in being involved. We had two very talented girls doing hair and makeup, two other models, myself and all my corsets and clothing and a great studio. Everyone was doing it for free for each others mutual benefit and portfolios. I had wanted some good photos of my work so it was a fabulous opportunity! Not to mention it was great to get some nice photos of myself  :)

The hair and make up was just fabulous! So artistic and fun! Here are some pics of the process..

When they started doing my hair I didn't know what it looked like, all I knew was that there appeared to be a lot of chickens going up onto my head! They stuck feathers to my eyelashes and my eyebrows and all sorts of things, I was a little worried! But I think it all turned out fabulously! Will post the pictures from the actual shoot tomorrow.

September 24, 2011

Adventures in Leather

I had hoped to document the making of the first leather corset commission in detail but my camera stopped cooperating half way through! So here is a really quick overview and some pics of the finished corset.

This was my first foray into working with leather and it certainly was a learning curve. It felt like I had to rethink every step! When I got to doing the boning channels and stitching through a billion layers of leather and coutil I began to seriously worry for the health of my machine. I ended up doing the thickest seams on a friends industrial machine but the challenges didnt stop there. Anyway, lots of swearing later, with the help of binder clips, lots of tea and the growing callouses on my fingers we had a corset that I was pretty pleased with!

The stitching is in purple contrast thread with flossing at the end of the bones and purple cotton lining.

Main lessons learned:
- Yes it's obvious but a proper leather needle makes all the difference! (I had been worried about the cutting edge weakening the coutil layer)
- You can pin, just keep them in the seam lines and there will be no big holes left in your corset
- A walking foot will save you san points
- An industrial machine is really needed to make these in future if Im not to waste time worrying or getting a cramp in my hand from using the hand crank
- Even though I'm vegetarian ...there's just something about real leather!