Thursday, February 23, 2012

Finished Order for Ruby Ruin

It's done , it's done!!!!
Here be pictures of Ruby Ruins finished order:-

And one of the finished inside for your interest....

Doesn't the shape work so well on just fitted her like a dream and she was so happy with it, which is of course just bloody marvelous! Now she's off to bling it up, since she wanted to do that herself I have a nice wee stock pile of swarovski crystals and rhinestones I can use for another project (already doodling new designs as we speak).

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Order Update...

So how's the 'Dita' corset going for my customer you ask?

Here's some quick blurry shots of where I'm at:-

Close up
Inside - From Front
Insideout - Back
Corset as is :)

So not much left to go really - just some bones, binding, hand sewing, eyelets, back modesty panel, suspenders and prehaps a little beading - lol not much at all..... well it's definitely progressing at least!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Trompe l'oeil in the Cemetery

We often wander through our local cemetery on the way back from the park, it has like a lot of Christchurch taken quiet a beating from all the earthquakes, but even so it retains a very beautiful serene atmosphere. We recently discovered a lovely lady name Anne painting a Trompe l'oeil (aka trick of the eye) and stopped for a we are inclined to pop past regularly to check her progress and take photographs.
Such a big undertaking!

And of course  lets not forget the headstones, crosses, cast iron details and inscriptions....but for now here are a few of my favorite crosses....

And we better finish up with a splash of colour....


Wednesday, February 1, 2012


I've had a bit of an unwell spell (don't you always realise how under rated feeling normal is at times like these), anyway onward and upward this week as I am in a much better state of health......

This week my little people returned to school leaving me and lovely Clover at home with a tiny bit more spare time up our sleeves. And just in the nick of time too, my custom made order for Ruby Ruin is due latter this month. So time to get stuck in.....well time to work in moderation everyday till completion (nothing like chipping away consistently)!!

We  needed to match our fabric and lace with the pictured feather. We did rather well with the limited selection available, finding a very pretty antique lace and pearlized satin crepe.

Yesterday I stabilised the crepe with double sided fusing and canvas, creating a more heavy weight fashion fabric which will counteract stretching and wrinkles.

Cutting out all the pieces is actually a reasonably big job, due to all the layers - so that makes 36 individual pieces for the corset and 27 for the collar made up in this instance of the fashion fabric/canvas, lace overlay and lining.

*Next will be making a start on the the lace overlay which needs to be hand tacked on to each individual pattern piece so that it doesn't flap around once I start sewing it together.