A Rose by Any Other Name



Amanda Ferg


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Other Credits

Model: Emily Carson//Photographer: Cara Pentoney

Outline the story …

"A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet" - William Skakespeare. The inspiration for my rose corset and skirt came form my model, Emily. She is a beautiful woman who is decorated in traditional tattoos. Red brings out her beauty. I had to make her into a bouquet of roses. I wanted my design to be simple so I could emphasize my detail with construction and decoration.

Outline the construction…


Cotton Sateen
Spiral Steel
Sprung Steel
Cotton back interfacing

Fabric acquired from Gail K Fabrics in Atlanta, and coutil from Bones and grommets from

The pattern was entirely constructed by me. I pride myself on my patterning skills, so this was an opportunity to flex them with a curvy shape.

I constructed the corset using the roll pinning technique. I made a yoke for the skirt to be placed on. There are three layers of chiffon circle skirts gathered down onto the yoke. The layers are staggered the avoid bulk from stacking. I wrapped more chiffon on the bias across the front to accentuate the waist I've created. All roses were made from the same cotton sateen ad the corset. Using fabrics of the same color was intentional. I wanted each piece to blend into the next. The skirt felt like thousands of rose petals as my model twirls around.

My biggest challenge was shortening the corset. I overestimated, and at first made the corset too long. I had to back track and remove binding so I could shorten it. I'm pleased with how it ended up sitting on the high hip after the alteration. My other challenge wa using the incorrect interfacing.



1 Comment

  1. Avatar Steffi Wee on May 9, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    The construction of the corset is just sublime; combined with the styling of the photoshoot and model…love it!

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