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Bronze Empire Dress

Added Jul 8, 2012

by hanlight

Portsmouth, Unit...






This gown is a progression from the Iceberg corset dress I made earlier this year. It utilises the structured upper bodice paired with a fluid, pleated chiffon skirt.

The corset bodice is bronze leather with antique lace appliqué. The structure is provided by an inner coutil layer with steel boning.

Material Notes

Leather, lace, chiffon, coutil, steel boning.




Garment Type
Bridal, Evening Wear
Chiffon, Cotton, Eyelet, Leather/Fur

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    Jul 9, 2012, 07.46 PMby madebymeg

    wow gorgeous!

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      Jul 10, 2012, 07.46 PMby hanlight

      Thank you!

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    Jul 9, 2012, 08.08 AMby lazylinchen

    This is absolutely gorgeous! It looks like it’s hammered metal, but somehow cast to your body. Just absolutely amazing!

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      Jul 10, 2012, 07.47 PMby hanlight

      Thank you so much. I really wish I had bought more of this leather, it photographs so nicely.

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    Jul 9, 2012, 12.10 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    this is so incredibly beautiful! your are a very talented coreseter! and the effect of the bronze leather is amazing, i honestly thought it was like an amazing paper mache or something? looks like gold and reminds me of some of the dresses in game of thrones if you’ve seen it!

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      Jul 9, 2012, 12.11 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      also, i notice you use a goddet like insert for the shaping? i have not seen this before and am really curious about it!

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      Jul 10, 2012, 07.55 PMby hanlight

      Thank you! The godets are called gores and I find them an easier way to shape leather (which can be tricky to seam and ‘press’ into more standard corset panels). It’s essentially a band of leather/coutil equal to waist measurement, then cut where you want the gores. I do this in canvas first to make the pattern and pin in the gores to get the right fit. This pattern is based on a corset patent from 1912.

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    Jul 8, 2012, 05.00 PMby Welanie

    Amazing, it’s really haut couture.

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      Jul 10, 2012, 07.56 PMby hanlight

      Thank you! I hope I get to wear it soon.

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    Jul 8, 2012, 01.09 PMby hanolalaith

    This is freaking gorgeous! Your craftsmanship is excellent as well. I’m going to have to start finding reasons to wear things like that. :)

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      Jul 10, 2012, 07.57 PMby hanlight

      Thank you! I really need a reason to wear this, not sure it would be appropriate for the school run. :0/

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