Alix Coba

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Outline the story …

My inspiration came from my new dedication to Shamanic journeying and the Mayan artwork from the fable "How the Gods Created the Finger People" by Elizabeth Moore. This is a story about Gods feeling lonely and wanting to fill the world with a caring creature that would love them and honor them. Somewhat like the Bible story of Adam and Eve.

Outline the construction…

I used Butterick pattern 5662. Since I am a member of Crafty, a few years ago I purchased an Alison Smith course on how to make a corset. So, I decided to follow her instructions. I used Shantung Fabric and coutil and Muslin for the mock pattern. Ribbon for back closure, a 12-inch busk, two steel boning on the back next to my 5 mm eyelets, ¼ spiral steel boning, and a lightweight woven cotton fusible interfacing. Silk fabric for the casing on top and bottom. This was a fun project, but of course there were many challenges: 1-Coutil is a hard fabric, has no give, I have never worked with fabric. The front panels were very tight on my breast. Had to learn how to add ½ inch of ease around the bust area. Had to adjust the pattern pieces and recut and sew the panels. 2-Learned that the casing for the boning was not to be cut on a bias! Topstitching was a challenge, but I think a better light would have helped. 3-Placing the busk was hard on my hands, especially making the holes, and making busk fit snugged next to the seam. The first hole was made a bit too close to the edge. The hook side was much easier 4- Sewing the casting around the bust.




  1. Avatar Olivia on March 12, 2021 at 3:00 am

    Love the contrasting binding, totally sets off the blue!

  2. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 12, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Very fun entry! Loving the colour and patterns used!

  3. Avatar Melody on March 14, 2021 at 3:16 am

    The characters are incredibly well done, did you paint on the fabric? You did a great job working through each of the “difficulties” you mentioned and were able to produce a garment that is deserving of pride (which I am glad to see by the smile on your face!).

  4. Avatar Mandy Pursley on March 14, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    The corset turned out beautifully, but I especially love the illustrations that really bring the story to life. Well done!

  5. Avatar Alice Markey on March 14, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    This looks so great! I’m a huge fan of the colors – they really help tell the story. Nice job!

  6. Avatar Carly Van Groeningen on March 19, 2021 at 10:53 am

    Beautiful work, and I love the illustrations!

  7. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 24, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Well done for persevering and creating this lovely garment! I love the shape of the neckline, very flattering, and the illustrations are just gorgeous!

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