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01 October 2011 @ 12:33 pm
Hey people! It's been a long time hasn't it?
To compensate my long absence, here's the latest corset I made:

A longline overbust with a 54cm waist. This time I opted for a different style of ornamentation, with a different background color too. The inlay is made of golden silk satin and the corset also features piping in the same fabric. Lined in coutil with spiral and spring steel boning, this corset has a black busk and a front lacing detail. The ornamentation is referenced in the Far East, mainly Japan, with Chrysanthemums and waves.

I have been working on my website this past few months, and have finally managed to put it online :)
If you can please visit it at www.cristianetano.com
If you have any problems accessing the website or spots a typo or bad English, please do contact me.
Thank you very much!
11 September 2010 @ 03:40 pm
It's been a while since I've posted something...
I've just finished this mannequin pillow and thought you guys would like to see it :D
I wanted to make a nice pillow for taking pictures of finished pieces so I ordered an Edwardian mannequin pattern from spiggymr7. But after receiving it in the mail I realised that the upper part of the mannequin could be a problem for displaying some pieces since the back and shoulders are quite different from modern mannequins/bodies. With that in mind I decided to use my modern mannequin as a base for the pattern and alter it's shape to give it a narrower waist and a less prominent bust (ended up a bit too flat though, and oddly the volume seemed to go to the back, so it has bit of a hunch *sigh*). I've stuffed it with cushion filling, around 3 kilos, my arms and hands are sore from pushing and pushing, maybe the way I stuffed it has something to do with the bust/back-hunch issue, not sure...
Anyway, onto the pictures (wearing a satin coutil corset I made for myself a while ago):

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20 January 2010 @ 03:42 pm
this weekend i was shopping for beads to make accessories for my presentation, that happened on monday, and i found aglets very similar to the ones sold at venacava. their quality is a bit inferior but they only cost around 5p(GBP) each, which makes me think that i'll probably find a better quality product for maybe even less in são paulo, so that was a pleasant surprise.
the presentation went ok, apart from my inability to speak in public. big relief, but now i have to decide which way to go with my career, scary...
i apologise if i missed any important posts on my f-list but things were chaotic over here this past few days.
here's a snapshot of the aglets. top one is from venacava, bottom one from brazil.

13 January 2010 @ 01:47 pm
this 'company' has been stealing images from brazilian and international corset makers for some time now. guess who's their latest victim...
to sue or not to sue... ugh... there are three corsetmakers suing them already.
the worst thing is, some people actually fall for that.
and yeah, the name is a knock-off of madamesher.com
20 December 2009 @ 02:10 pm
i've just finished the last corset for my graduation collection, which will be presented at mid-january. instead of the required 8 complete looks, i'll be presenting 5, hopefully, i'll still be able to graduate. it was either this or another full year working on this collection. things would look a lot better and i wouldn't have to make so many compromises but i can't stand this feeling of being stuck, not moving forward...
i had major set backs on my personal life, and as much as i hate to put off work, family is more important.
anyway, for this corset i went for a victorian bodice look, so most od the boning channels are hidden by the fashion layer. 54cm waist, spiral and spring steel boning, two-part grommets, 2 layers of coutil. got some wrinkling at the bust sides :( it was fine when i did the mock-up...sigh...

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05 November 2009 @ 07:25 pm
two more neck corsets are finished.
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01 November 2009 @ 05:18 pm
finished this one yesterday...
the presentation was postponed to january because all schools were shut down for about a month due to the swine flu.

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31 October 2009 @ 01:31 pm
page 41 of the current issue...
trying to look serious yet friendly... ugh!
15 September 2009 @ 10:07 am
one of the things i missed the most after switching from a home sewing machine to an industrial, is the lamp just above the needle, i sew a lot of black and dark material and the desk lamp i was using wasn't just the same.
but i found a magnetic sewing machine lamp and love it. it connects to the machine power switch so no batteries are needed. it's LED so it'll hopefully last for a while and won't burn my fingers.

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21 August 2009 @ 06:13 pm
another neck piece finished. this time, i used victorian high neck collars as reference.
i should have used a heavier interlining and probably more bones to avoid the bulging i got... *sigh* if i only had the time to fix it... i have been saying this a lot these past few months...

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