Surya Luna



Samantha Gibson


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Other Credits

My mum and dad for encouraging me and being my photographer

Outline the story …

Halfway through last year we lost my grandmother who basically taught me how to sew and enjoyed it when I read to her. One of the books that I read to her was a copy of "Poems of Sentiment" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, she especially liked the one titles ''A Solar Eclipse".

Even though I am a beginner I hand stitched this with her in mind and it felt as though she was watching over my shoulder like when I was little.

Outline the construction…

Originally I was only going to create the corset however I realized that I did not have anything to go with it. I used a 1800 Victorian base pattern that now I look back realized did not have all the information since it showed no boning channels. I based the layers together to stop them from shifting while I beaded on the constellations, attached all the pieces together so that the seams were inside the boning channels, fell stitched the channels into place and inserted my bones. bound all the edges and finished off the embellishments on the front , having to use a zipper as a front closure as I could not get a busk in time.

I made a quick panel skirt lined with pale yellow cotton fabric and felled around the bottom hem, a simple waistband with hook and eyes. The under bodice is the same fabric as the skirt cut to form a off the shoulder top with petal sleeves and more embellishments along the top.

As far as resources go I really only used google and watched some of my favorite youtubers: Cathy Hay, Morgan Donner and Bernadette Banner create things online.




  1. Avatar Madelief on March 11, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Love the decoration on the corset. Beautiful!

  2. Avatar Laura Boyles on March 11, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    What a stunning bodice. I love the design, it’s beautiful. The whole thing makes you look like a goddess. Condolences on the loss of your grandmother. The gift of sewing is one you’ll always get joy out of remembering her by. Good luck x

  3. Avatar Emily on March 12, 2021 at 8:41 am

    The attention to the little decorative details are so lovely, and welldone for getting a zipper in while waiting for a busk! I can imagine the frustration and think it looks fabulous

  4. Avatar Andrea Olinte on March 12, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    Love the embroidered constellations and the sun detail on the corset.

  5. Avatar Carolien van Alphen on March 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Very lovely interpretation of the them ‘solar eclipse’. You look lovely and I am sure your grandmother is incredibly proud of you.

  6. Avatar Donna G Earp on March 13, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Lovely and creative costume. The solar design and constellations are well worth enjoying in close view. Even a bit of “flossing”. Best wishes for your continued sewing adventures!

  7. Avatar Valerie on March 17, 2021 at 2:18 am

    Your design is just gorgeous, and you look wonderful. She would be so proud of you!

  8. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 23, 2021 at 3:07 am

    Your grandmother would be so proud! How wonderful! I really like this. Thank you so much!

  9. Avatar Elowen Blackthorn on March 26, 2021 at 7:34 am

    You have honoured your grandmother well, good job!

  10. Avatar Lizzie Blake on April 1, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    That sun is beautiful, and the embroidery around it. Such a great way to remember your grandmother

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