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Miss Martini Corsets

formerly iriscostume

Journey - Send Her My Love

Kabella shop
Went and had a quick look at the empty shop so we could figure out what space will be used for the sewing room.
It is small, say 4x3.5 m  ish?   I measured it up and I will sit down and draw up what machines etc will fit. Probably just one work table, a plain sew and overlocker. the rest maybe storage for fabric/client info etc.

Will be moving my sewing stuff from my current studio that is relevant to Ks shop and I will take the rest home.
Ihave a flat now and it is brandnew and bigger so no problems storing my personal sewing stuff and fabric hoarding.

My current studio has quietly turned into into tatyannas studio which she graciously shares with us. The other two tennants are happy to have their personalities 'squashed' by Tatayanna, and she is very unflexible, I decided I had done the best I could with out running away from the situation but it still wont work for me.  the space its self is awesome, about 10 bicycle ride away from my home, but Im already thinking about moving away from it anyway, even if it means having no studio space at all and just storing it in my flat, not making a sewing space for it. Fuck it, Im over it.

While still workiing out details to move into the sewing room in Ks shop, if it doesnt work out, I asked Bek if shed help me move my sewing gear into my flat just to get out of there. Any moving wont be done til the end of this month.

Below are some pics I took of the notes tatyanna left on the wall of the shared space, telling us how to clean. This is after we had a cleaning roster put up which we all agreed on and as far as Im aware and can tell, everyone had been sticking to it. This note however, is not acceptable in a shared workspace to me.

corset pattern formula/generator
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Wordpress blog for MIss Martini Corsets

I am moving my wix site www.missmartinicorsets.com to wordpress, I will span the move out over the year.
I like the ability to EASILY stay in touch with followers who subscribe by email, and I can track how many veiws I get here
on wordpress.
I am also hoping to transition the way my label runs by selling on behalf/wholesaling to retail outlets and take any private client commissions through the retailer.  As much as I would like to be a superwoman and do everything myself including sales and marketing, I prefer to design and construct in the privacy of my studio and not chase sales up on the internet which I have been doing the last few years...and not very well as I dont  enjoy it.  So I have found some one who is far superior at it than me and I am happily handing over the job of sales! :D

Now I am concentrating on making a few plus size samples for easter, including for a private client who does my hair.
I am also tinkering with fabric design for another designer, its a bit of a surprise as I havent said that I was going to do it, but I enjoy it so much I couldnt resist.

from photoshop ..... corset flat designs

From photoshop to life


Roxy Display: mannequin vintage / vintage dressform

link to mannequins on ebay, affordable wasp waisted dummies


  • Bust 34"

  • Waist 21"

  • Hip 38"

  • Crossshoulder 14"

  • Height 28"


  • Hard foam

  • Straight pinnable

  • Height adjustable up to 5'10"

  • Historical-Female-Dress-Form-FH01W-BS-01NX

  • around $145 NZD  to post to usa address. From usa to NZ im not sure!

Ruffler attachment video and demonstration how to use Mol.

2014 first entry

its been a very long time since ive posted but I will never forget livejournal <3
Ive been busy taking commissions and now I have a part time job FINALLY, im either at work or doing my own work. Or sleeping/internet/games.

Now that i can afford to buy food I can relax and dream again. I am dreaming of enough space to have my own studio.
My bed sit is (hang on im going to measure) ok its not even 5mx5m my bedroom/lounge/sewing space.
Now that Christchurch's reliably old buildings cheap on rent are gone, theres little chance of finding somewhere without some massive maximum effort on my part. (the 2011 earthquake, im not even sure whatt year! and i was here too).

Im easily confused in thinking that I would like a man/partner/thing but really im fantasisiing that I could take advantage of their living arrangement somehow.

Im not really making enough extra cash to pay more than $200 a month for somewhere including power, and homes are short for the ones made homeless by the quakes, what with the EQC (quake commission and insurance companies) not putting money out for homes to get fixed AND the city council sitting on money that was supposed to be for new social housing like 2-3years ago.

So i cant do anything to big sewing project wise because of space, and im starting to lose and misplace items because of limited space. IVe considered getting rid of my couch but thats just silly. Im not very clever when it comes to socalising as it is so chucking the couch is a silly thing to do. Might need it!
For now all i can do is sit on the idea and tell people about my desire for a space, maybe something could crop up from that.

Im on my 2 week break from work, its unpaid because ive only just started, its giving me time to catch up on my sewing commisions.
I made this dress, which was my first dress commission through my new label name.

cherry halterneck dress commision

I wasnt interested in this kind of girly thing for sooooooooo long, now i am.
things i have learned.
*White shows every wrinkle, every stain and any colour underneath it
*longer zip
*wider waistband belt
*zip needs hookeye or snap to help keep it striatght while its being zipped from the bottom
*strapless at the back, does it need boning or shirring to help keep it up.
*lining or organza lining is extra $25.00

Hopefully i can catch up with the client who is actually in the same country and town (nearly) as me!!
Internet clients are so unstatisfying :(

                                                                                        the peacock corset

beks commission

This one ive now lost the notes I took about the adjustments i need to do to finish this. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
This i blame on the layout of my teenytiny workspace.  I remember seeing it somewhere. :(  I will have to go out by bus and try and catch her again. Luckily the client is a friend. But i am still pissed because if it wasnt and I couldnt just go and see them again. Maybe I could just wing it so it it get done. I kept some notes with the pics i took but they arent as clear as my drawn diagrams.
im off for a coffee now.
And i can t find my glasses. just as well im near sighted and can still mostly see :P