Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wrapped up good......

Over the last few weeks I've also been  playing around with design ideas and trying various pattern making and corset techniques. One such design needing a pattern was this corset dress....
Now instead of my traditional methods of pattern drafting I decided to try something a little different. Based loosely on the duct tape method I've seen all over the net, I set about wrapping my mannequin and marking out my desired pattern lines. There are actually x2 separate corset patterns marked out, being that only half the body is required for each pattern (I'll get back to the second one in another post).

Because I used clear packaging tape it had quiet a cool ghostly effect once it was taken off the mannequin, you can also see how it keeps it's shape too....

Of course it still ends up a paper pattern anyway - so I can add the seam allowances.

Now to test my lovely new pattern with a mock up.............:)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Leather Knot Work....

I'm one of those people that always has a few things on the go, it usually means a lounge project (something crafty for in front of the tv), an order, and a random corset or two - just because.....This means I work across the board and everything ends up broken down into mouth size bites, so depending how I'm feeling or how much time I have I can always find something suitable to work on (and yes my beautiful little family has something to do with this)!

Currently I have a couple of orders that are just about to become more central in this mix, but before I get too busy lets look at what I've been doing for the last wee while, that is aside form adorning my lovely family in warming crochet goodies :)

I started this embroidered leather front panel while I was pregnant, but ended up putting it down, because if you haven't tried it.... well *this would be where I inserted swear words* it's hard work!

Thankfully after a wee break I've picked it up and happily continued, pliers and thimble in hand.

I think all my work doing 'Underworld' Replicas certainly inspired this, actually I have a few other 'leather knot work' pieces I'm excitedly planning for the future (fingers crossed).
So this week I actually got it to the shell stage......hurray it is actually starting to look like a corset.

I still have flossing detail to add, so I won't get to put away my thimble and pliers just yet!

But over all it is coming along nicely! It should have a 22" finished waist and be suitable for tightlacing. I already have plans for a matching outfit - think winter!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Lady in Red

Here's a couple more pics from my photo session with Kelly......
Patent Leather Feather Collar
Red Leather Warrior Bodice

**Promise there will be more 'in the making' and pretty pics/update soon ;)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Night Fury Collar

Here's my most recent dragon scale creation on my model Rachel:-

Night Fury Collar


And Rachel wearing a set of my Dragon Scale Earrings:-

Please check my ETSY for more scale items:-

I am totally in creative lust with these wee scales (as fiddly as they can be)......with a little more experimentation and practice I'm sure I can find plenty more uses for them. More to look forward to!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Something a little black & white....

Here's another set of photos from the recent shoot I did, this time with Kelly (another lovely long time friend and muse)....

This 4 pc set which includes mini hat, collar, pasties & corset is available via my ETSY store:-

P.S Seriously, how gorgeous is Kelly??

Monday, April 2, 2012

Ruby Ruin with Natasha Halliday Photography

Just had to post a link to Ruby Ruin's and Natasha Halliday's recent shoot, featuring Forge Corsetry....


To see the rest of the set click image above :)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Leather Valkyrie Collar

Another lovely set with Rachel.....

Leather Valkyrie Collar

 I really enjoyed making this collar, I was rewatching Game of Thrones during it's creation which I can honestly say makes for great inspiration (the same applies for my 'Night Fury' Collar).

Lace and Swarovski Crystal Necklace

I've got a wee bit of catching up to do - so it's time to get posting with more regularity so I can keep this blog up to date with where I'm at and what I'm doing next (I want to posts pics of pretty fabrics and design ideas I've been playing with but I better do things in order) :)
So I had a real blat on accessories recently, which I  have been taking photos of  on a couple of models and slowly sorting/editing (as you may have seen as in the previous posts). Boy do I have a load of editing to do - but since I love it anyway I'm not going to complain.......anyway lets get to some of those finished images.

Lace and Swarovski Crystal Necklace

This is really pretty in person, my camera hasn't picked up the sparkle very well unfortunately....but you get the idea. I have another lovely Swarovski Crystal piece with lace trim and fringe which is more 1920's looking (still on my editing list, but at least it's been photographed on a model....I'm making progress).