Holy Love! My days of sewing wedding dresses and all of the training in that field finallly paid off in a very direct way. See this corset? yeah, I didn't do a dang bit of embroidery on it. I purchased this lovely bag of appliques (well, that's really a fancy word for patches. You know, like the little grunge patches that the hot topic crowd ironed onto their back-packs....at least in my day, they did. Yeah, class of '04!) from the greatest source from trim in all the land ( www.cheeptrims.com If you guys EVER need some swanky ribbon or lace, buy it here! Granted, you DO have to have a minimum order of $65, but I promise, it's not hard to get to that point! I've gotten lovely and lush wide lace for 3 cents a yard!). Buying patches/appliques is great and all, but figuring out what to actually do with them poses more of a problem. I think I'm really stuck in a creative rut lately, and I can't figure out how to make my corsets even cooler. I lay awake at night (hmm..no, actually most nights, the second my head hits the pillow, I'm out.), struggling with this demon of a "writer's block" and wondering what I can do next. Anyway, back to the appliques. This little zip-loc back of appliques got spilled all over in one of my drawers so it literally turned into Michelle vs. "Finding the applique in the Needle-Stack" because that stupid drawer was full of needles, cast-off buttons, and really odd little trinkets that I confiscated from my mother's sewing room. I finally gathered up all of the rebels and took them to their base (the ironing board) and decided that I would iron them onto something, even if it meant I looked like an over-creative 13-year old wearing blue jeans encrusted with the carnage of an exploded garden. Then, I had this bright light click on in my head! "Ah, I'll just make Tyler cut out some totally white bodices (that way I wouldn't have to try to match the reds or the greens of the vines) and I would just strategically place the appliques on the corsets just like I did to many wedding dresses when I was sewing the wedding dress bodices for Gowns by Pamela (OOOh. www.gownsbypamela.com) Anyway, here is my wedding dress applique-placing talents, for all to see.
In the meanwhile, back to that writer's block thing-I've had this idea kicking around for a looong time....what if I held a contest where people designed their own corsets and submitted them to me, and the winner would get their corset made for them for free, plus I would do a line of exclusive corsets from that pattern and sell them for a limited time! My only issue is that I don't know jack about legalities of things like that....would I have to make up some contract that's as confusing and garbled as our health care bill, and then make someone sign their pattern idea to me??? If so, that's too much work, and the idea sucked anyway. Let me know.