Friday, January 28, 2011

Computer Lingering

Since it's been cold and rainy, lingering on the computer is just soo easy to do. What efforts come out of this you say? Well, some line drawings of my newest sample to start with....

And updates to my my blog 'pages' (slowly getting information loaded up)......more lingering organization to come :)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The basic curvy overbust......

I seriously am grateful that I can check my samples on an actual body, since you can't always trust inanimate objects to tell you the truth :)  Yes indeed, it's good to know a few living dolls (or should I say friends with benefits)  - bless you little Rach!!

This 'Basic Curvy Overbust' is slightly shorter in the bust then I intended and is now more of a 'demi' bust (to think I was worried it was  going to be too long, and how silly to forget the extra measurement for the bust anyhow). So I'll head back to the pattern for some minor adjustments and another's trial and error until the recipe is perfected!!!

Model:- Rachel Smith
Photography:- Trinitynavar

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Corsets, Wind, Sun & Sandwiches

In the weekend I took a pile of goodies around to my friend Ruth's for a morning of corset lacing and photography. We ended up contending with quiet severe winds and scorching sun light. Squinting, with hair in our mouths we trucked on.........perhaps it was with a slightly optimistic spirit that we persisted - all I can say is thank goodness for digital cameras!!

Afterward I was treated to Ruth's homemade bread, filled with produce from her garden, which of course made for an extremely delicious sandwich. Over lunch we viewed our efforts on her lap top and decided we had done pretty good considering!!

 I also have to mention Ruth has never modeled before so I am especially proud of our amateur shoot (with me playing photographer and all).

Model:- Ruth O'Connor
Photographer:- Trinitynavar (aka me)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Lara's Corset Set

I recently made this for Lara Lockwood, a lovely model & make up artist from the UK. It was a thank you gift for her previous modeling efforts and her continued support of Forge Fashion.

It included a fully boned corset (flat & spiral steals were used), with leather trim to match the bolero which is also leather. The skirt is a gathered mesh/tulle in a lovely rich rose.

I tea dyed the fabric and lace to get a more suitable match on the leather. Here is a picture taken during the dying process so you can see the original fabric.

And a few more of the corset:-

And because I finally have Business Cards, Swing Tags and Corset Care Instructions to send away with my products was very exciting to pack it all up and use them for the first time.

I'm still working on setting up my pattern  yes I'm continuing with my vigorous sample making, it's the only way to work out my keepers/favorite workable styles for the future (fine tunning at the least)! And tomorrow I'm heading off with a friend to get a few photos I've what I've done thus far, so plenty of pics to come :)

Friday, January 7, 2011

'Inara' Corset & Collar Set

Yes indeed - it's all in the name!! This look was inspired by Inara a character from Joss Whedon's 'Firefly', who always wore absolutely gorgeous outfits in every single episode of the show. One day I would quiet like to complete a whole outfit based around her character, but in the meantime you get eye candy of the corset kind.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Waspie Styles and Samples

Currently I am making more sample styles,  trialling various patterns and cuts....... just meaning I am taking time to examine perceived flaws and making adjustments to improve the look and quality of my workmanship.  I am intent on producing a varied range of corsets, from the most basic to the most detailed.......
I also get to create a nice little stockpile of goodies for ETSY/photo shoots while I'm at it - 2011 is the year I finally get to make more of a commitment to 'Forge'.....I'm very excited!!

Starting with the basics....


*I tried this one on to check the fit (LOL, I guess gaining 15 KG in the last year has it's benefits after all), and was pleasantly surprised to find that even with it's simple 7 panel (3.5 per side) construction I  still received a nice 4 " reduction - perfect!