Today's post is brought to you by Fiona Ellis, designer of the fetching Farthingale, as well as a number of other wonderful designs from previous issues (a few of my personal faves are this one, this one, and this one, just in case you were curious). If you want to know more about Fiona, check out her website or follow her on twitter.
If you have ever met me or have followed my work you will know that I have a thing for I-cords. I even wrote a blog post about it here.
So it wasn’t a giant leap for me to start looking at corset lacings as inspiration for cables. When this little obsession hit I will admit that I spent a lot of time of Pinterest looking at the myriad ways one can lace a corset. As I set out to design cable that mimicked the effect I knew that I didn’t want to simply have I-cords threaded through the fabric. So I started to develop ways of crossing cables to give the effect of lacing but have them as an integral part of the fabric.
As usual as I begin work on a new idea, there was much swatching at this stage and many samples that didn’t quite work. But working diligently through these false starts I find that you gradually find what is possible. When I am in the middle of one of these “periods” I spent lots of time trying to approach my initial idea from several different angles. This leads me to what I call “work in series”. Which mean that often times I come up with several different designs originating from the same source material. In the past I have had my Tree Bark period, my Celtic Knot period, my Morphing Cables period and so on…and that’s just the cable designs. So I began my Corset Lacing period- Farthingale is one of the resultant designs, but watch out for others coming along.
To further re-enforce the idea of corsetry, I placed the cabling at the sides of the garment and set waist shaping either side of the panels so that the cables appear to cinch the sweater in at the waist. The eyelet patterning is a reference to the lace that I think always goes hand in hand with corsets.I was thrilled when I saw the photos of Farthingale, as they showed it with just the perfect amount of sexiness that I had hoped for.
Yes Farthingale’s name is a reference to corsetry but really a Farthingale is a large hooped device worn under dresses in the 16th & 17th centuries, but hopefully you can grant me some poetic license on it.