The North American Corsetry and Lingerie Symposium happened on July 18, 19, and 20. I was mistaken about the weekend when it was happening and had to pack in a rush to head out the door for the symposium. The corded corset did not get finished, and I have barely done anything with it since.
That said, the weekend was absolutely amazing! One of the biggest highlights for me was meeting Lucy of Lucy’s Corsetry in person. Most of you probably know her because of her site and YouTube channel where she shares her wealth of knowledge about corsets, corset makers, and corset brands. For me the connection is much more personal, because when I announced I was sick she offered to run a funding campaign for me to help pay for me medical expenses. The campaign was a success, and without it I am fairly certain I would still not be able to take the antibiotics I needed because all of my expenses have been out of pocket, without any help from insurance. At the end of the weekend we had time to film an interview for her vlog.
In other news I met lot of other amazing people, and had a fantastic time. In the classes learned a new technique for pattern matching from Amber Welch of Lovely Rats Corsets, an interesting method of draping a ribbon corset so it does not have a side panel from Jasmine Ines of Sin and Satin Corsetry, and learned more about ready-to-wear corsetry from Jessica of Ties That Bynd Designs, Inc. On the second day of classes I also got to prattle for several hours about hand sewing and embroidery. I was tired enough by that point in the weekend that I had trouble staying on focus and on topic, but despite my issues I saw a lot of ah-ha moments, which always makes me happy.
Zessina took a number of candid photos on the first day of classes. These first two are from the pattern matching class, where we were using tracing paper to pattern match across panels.
I love the fabric I ended up with, but I didn’t get far enough along during the class to cut into it, so at some point down the road I will use one of my own patterns and that fabric to make a corset using the method Amber Welch taught.
Lastly, I want to include a candid photo of Zessina the photographer, model, and all-around delightful person who took the candid photos above. Here she was trying on one of the Lovely Rats corsets with the assistance of Amber Welch, ahead of the photo shoots that happened the next day.
Later that same day we also had a fun corset trying-on session, where any of us who were interested got to try on the corsets various makers had brought with them to the conference. Some of the corsets from Ties that Bynde were close enough to my measurements to try on, so I did so with delight. They were a little too long for me to sit in (a very typical problem for me with ready-to-wear corsets), but otherwise delightfully comfortable and with a much larger reduction than I currently have on any of my personal corsets.
The next NACLS is tentatively planned for 2017, and I’m looking very much forward to it. I hope to see more of you there! :)