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Yeine in the Sky
Outline the story …
Book: "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms" by N.K.Jamesin
The Story: Yeine Darr is summoned to the palace-city above the clouds where the lives of god's and mortals intertwine. There Yeine is named one of the potential heirs to all the Kingdoms and is thrust into a vicious political power struggle. She discovers that she is to be used as a sacrafice so her cousins can gain the power to the throne. She is a pawn and whatever she tries or does to escape this or uncovers about her past, she sees more and more that she never had a choice. But another soul is hiding in her body, one of the Goddess Enefa, and in her death she strikes a deal with the Goddess becoming the embodiment of Enefas power instead.
My inspiration comes from the castle-city in the sky, all the Kingdoms and her becoming a goddess among the stars. The stars and the colour gives itself. The beads in the ropes are representing every single kingdom but also how she is bound to her destiny (rope on top of sleeve and hips weighing her down). The dress are the clouds the city is based in and where she ends up in the end as a goddess. The tight sleeves underneath are representing her old life while the huge puffy sleeves are the potential she grows into in the end.
Outline the construction…
Self-made from Barbara's overbust tutorial and altered to an underbust with demi-cups.
Cotton/polyester velvet for corset fashion-layer.
Crushed velvet for the sleeves.
Corset-twill as strength layer.
Flat steel in back and artificial whale bones overall.
Lining is polyester/cotton blend.
Strength layers fused with velvet (my all-time favourite technique).
Seams parted and self made boning channels sewn on top to strengthen the seam (had run out of bought channels), with a 7mm bone on each side of seam.
Hip fins draped with cardboard into the shape I wanted. Discovered that fusing velvet with the strength layer was enough for fin to stay on its own. Find sewn separate, turned inside out and handstitched on the corset.
Construction sleeves (challenges):
I wanted the beautiful draping of the velvet combined with a huge puff.
Used quarter scale to figure out what to use to give them fullness. Any fusing took away the drapines and any fabric was either too flimsy or too thick.
I reached out on Barbara's monthly zoom call and with the communities help, found a simple solution. To use plain cotton as a "second" sleeve inside and this way keep the fullness and the drapines of the velvet.
Third layer is the lining, with less fullness and shorter in length to pull the velvet "under" and create that bottom puff.
All ropes and stars are hand made. Ropes are one piece, thin to thick. Took freaking forever 🤪