Amanda’s Selene, Goddess of the Moon



Amanda Ferg


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Other Credits

Photographer: Vern Horst / Model: Natalie Maguire

Outline the story …

Greek mythology has been near and dear to my heart since I was a child. My fascination only grew as an adult. I chose to bring Selene, Goddess of the Moon, to life, using the book "Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths." I was inspired by the modern telling of the tales. Selene represents the moon, love, the tides, and the willingness to change. I chose to give Selene this modern touch with a lovely overbust, an exorbitant number of crystals, and a double side slit, multi-layered skirt.

The design of the neckline is echoed in my placement of the crystals, showing Selene's true power and strength is in the moon, closest to her heart. When designing the skirt, I drew on inspiration from my burlesque costume making. This art form also reminds me of beauty and power, so it's no surprise I'd draw inspiration from there as well. This led to the design of the multilayered skirt, split on the hips. The layers and seven foot length of the skirt represents the tide, and the power the moon has over the tides. I wanted sparkle and shine, the way the moon shines on all of us. My use of flat back and beading crystals came into play for this part of the design, making her sparkle and shine the way a goddess should.

Outline the construction…

Materials used:
-Cotton back interfacing
-Flat back crystals
-Beading crystals
-Flat steel boning
-Spiral steel boning

I started this project by drafting a simple overbust corset pattern. I wanted to check the overall fit before I went further with design. My two biggest challenges in this project presented themselves right away when I fit the first toile on my model: the crescent neckline and my model's severe scoliosis. Through tweaks in my pattern and a couple more toiles, I was able to achieve a fit and silhouette that evened out my model's beautiful figure, and create a neckline complimenting her bust and the shape of a crescent moon.

I fused interfacing to my silk, then used the roll pinning technique to join my pieces to the coutil strength layer. After a fitting, then bias binding, it was time for decoration. I placed each flat back crystal on by hand, one at a time (a process I find thoroughly enjoyable). I placed close to 400 crystals in a tight, compact crescent moon starting at the neckline, then a few inches down, fanning out all over the corset.

The skirt was cut in seven different lengths, the longest being 7 feet and the shortest at 4 and a half feet. I rolled hemmed each layer, then gathered four layers for the back and three layers for the front. They are joined on a waistband, with a side closure. Crystals were placed in a scattered design all over.




  1. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 11, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    I love the shape and beading, is so celestial. So perfect!

    • Avatar Amanda Ferg on March 26, 2021 at 6:20 pm

      Thank you so much! Getting the shape just right was the number one goal!

  2. Avatar Heather McGreal on March 11, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Beautiful. The beading really makes the whole outfit stand out.

  3. Avatar Meri on March 12, 2021 at 11:08 am

    It is a beautiful corset with a great deal of work with the rhinestones. I love it.

  4. Avatar Angel on March 12, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    This would be beautiful as a wedding dress! I love. It!

    • Avatar Amanda Ferg on March 26, 2021 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you! I would love to see it on a bride!

  5. Avatar Maria Jones on March 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    This is so incredibly beautiful! The fit, the design, the fabrics. It immediately evokes the glow of the moon

    • Avatar Amanda Ferg on March 26, 2021 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you! I’m so thrilled the glow has been noticed!

  6. Avatar Paula Yeomans-Hill on March 13, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Beautiful work you’ve really captured the moon in fabric.

    • Avatar Amanda Ferg on March 26, 2021 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you so much!!

  7. Avatar Mandy Pursley on March 14, 2021 at 2:11 am

    That’s a really lovely corset, and the beadwork just brings it to life!

    • Avatar Amanda Ferg on March 26, 2021 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you so much!!

  8. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 18, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Beautiful job! Your crystal work is impeccable!

    • Avatar Amanda Ferg on March 26, 2021 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you! That really means a lot coming from you!!

  9. Avatar Amanda on March 19, 2021 at 1:10 am

    This is utterly stunning!! Absolute perfection in goddess attire!

    • Avatar Amanda Ferg on March 26, 2021 at 6:24 pm

      Wow, thank you!!

  10. Avatar Carly Van Groeningen on March 19, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Beautiful! The lines of the corset are so smooth, and I love the crystal crescent moon.

    • Avatar Amanda Ferg on March 26, 2021 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you so much for noticing how smooth it is! I worked very hard to get the flattering, smooth shape!

  11. Avatar Phanuel Jagna Levinsen on March 20, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Love the inclusion of the crescent in the upper corset-design!

    • Avatar Amanda Ferg on March 26, 2021 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you for noticing that! I wanted it to be the center piece of the design, so I’m thrilled others are seeing it!

  12. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 24, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Wow, the amount of work that went into this is breathtaking! I can’t imagine how long it took to place all of those hundreds of crystals by hand and hem all those layers of skirt! The result is well worth the effort, it is a beautiful embodiment of the moon goddess!

    • Avatar Amanda Ferg on March 26, 2021 at 6:28 pm

      It took……quite a while. But it was well worth it. I love getting lost in the process of crystalling. Hours will go by without me even realizing! Honestly, same with hemming! Thank you so much!!

  13. Avatar Linda Call on March 26, 2021 at 1:22 pm


  14. Avatar Kikkii von Fustian on March 27, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Such a beautiful shape overall, gorgeous! <3

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