3rd Place

Goddess Hel



Victoria Such


Outline the story …

I wanted to transform into the Goddess Hel from Norse mythology described in Louise Simonson's graphic novel Norse Myths. As the Goddess of death and the underworld, she was begged in the story The Death of Baldur to release Baldur, a beloved God that had been slain. To taunt, she agreed only if every living thing cried for Baldur, and with one refusal she kept him in the underworld.
Interestingly, Hel actually seems to have contrasting elements, both dark and light. She's illustrated with two colours that visualise her different sides, her face is half human and beautiful, and half dark, death-like and decaying. Often depicted with things like wolves, dead trees, skulls, bones and fur, they are all symbolic of nature; light and dark, life and death. So, I chose the stark contrast of black and white in the fabric to represent both elements in the outfit, while the bottom of the skirt has sequins around the embroidered tree branches which make them look like they're in bloom and the trees around the corset are a little more bare and dead-looking from removing the sequins.

The skirt and corset together have the floaty, feminine quality in the silhouette. I wanted the corset to give structure, worn under the skirt with a straight, rigid rib shape and big waist reduction as she's a hard lady under the softer outer feminine aesthetics. For this I was inspired by historical under garments where the corset is worn under the skirt.

Outline the construction…

Almost everything I tried for the first time. I followed FR instructions to make a 6 panel underbust pattern and made a total of three mock ups, making so many haphazard alterations, my pattern lines ended up so deformed. Straightening and evening out the pattern pieces kept causing the whole top half of the corset to tilt forward creating space down the CF and pushing into my back. I also wanted to scoop the belly in at the CF which caused a belly bulge and ski slope off the bottom edge.
After endless adjustments I got the perfect fit, cut out 3 layers: coutil, cream cotton (middle layer) and black lace. I fused the cotton to the coutil and roll pinned the lace to this so I could work all the layers as one. I pressed the SA to one side and topstitched boning channels.

Once completely finished I tried it on and the shape AND fit I had in the last mock up was lost! So! I unpicked 5 seams and tried more adjustments. Then painstakingly snipped off all sequins as I didn't feel they were fitting for a goddess of the underworld!

For the skirt I followed instructions in a book on how to make a skirt pattern and fit a mock up to the corset. Following Barbara's advice on a video, I pinned the layers and then panels together while hanging which allowed the lace to drop 5cm. I hand-stitched additional lace applique all around the waist.




  1. Avatar Kayla Burrow on March 11, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    I especially love the effects of the lace near the hem of the skirt!

  2. Avatar Theodore Allegrini on March 11, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    This is exquisite! This fit is impeccable!

  3. Avatar TERRI BLEN PARKER on March 11, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    The black/white contrast is striking done in this garment. The fabric is beautiful, the work most careful to details. Absolutely stunning!

  4. Avatar Cath Murray on March 11, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Your hard work has truly paid off. What a beautiful costume.

  5. Avatar Auntumn Mahaffey on March 12, 2021 at 1:54 am

    It’s absolutely beautiful!!!

  6. Avatar Carolien van Alphen on March 12, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Gorgeous shape you managed to create, and the lace detailing is gorgeous! Well done!

  7. Avatar Jennifer Smith on March 13, 2021 at 1:48 am

    This is stunning work! I’m very impressed!

  8. Avatar Beth B on March 13, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Your discipline and perseverance shows in the beautiful fit. Your use of color, placement of the motifs, and eye for proportion are exemplary. Brava!

  9. Avatar Camille on March 14, 2021 at 11:58 am

    that’s a great work you did with the lace. The make-up is really cool with the character, too !

  10. Avatar Carol Hughey on March 15, 2021 at 4:38 am

    Beautiful. The lace application is so well done. With the skirt on it looks like one piece

  11. Avatar Xenofon on March 18, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    The contrast and fit are wonderful. Congratulations. I really like the corset.

  12. Avatar Marion Brégier on March 20, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Wow that shape ! The black and white contrast is really stunning, the way you placed the lace is perfection.

  13. Avatar Pentti Lahti on March 20, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Very beautiful! Loving the lace overlay on the corset. The fit is also very very good!

  14. Avatar Suzanne Egan on March 23, 2021 at 5:37 am

    Well done! The lace overlay looks amazing.

  15. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 26, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    This is amazing! I love everything about this! Thank you!

  16. Avatar Stanislava Pilkova on March 27, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Classy and scary at the same time, great!

  17. Avatar Kat Cuseo on March 30, 2021 at 3:32 am

    Beautiful design! I love the fabric that you used.

  18. Avatar Theodore Allegrini on April 5, 2021 at 12:52 am

    I’m just still in awe over this. The way you made the pattern of the embroidery work just so well done !

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