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Are you curious about what happens at an ani & ari when there is a corset fitting? Here is a peak at the behind the scenes at our atelier.
Our client Tarah, came by today for her fitting appointment to be measured for her custom corset. She will be attending a Christmas gala this December in New York City and she is looking to create a corset that will be memorable! She was inspired by all the corsets that she has seen on the runways of Europe for Spring. We are psyched to have her choose ani&ari to make her a new custom piece. We took pictures during the fitting to give you all more of an idea of how the whole design process works! Check out how easy it is to be measured. After we measure Tarah we will sit down and talk about what she is inspired by and the types of fabrics and the notions that will fit her vision for her corset. She loves Alexander Wang so we are thinking there may be some leather involved check back to see what Tarah’s corset came out like.
The lovely Tarah, ready to be measured!
Under the arm is one of the most important measurements!
Thanks for stopping by! Check back for more inside the studio, and stay tuned for Tarah’s amazing new corset coming soon!!!
Exciting news from our atelier – we designed the custom corsets worn by Miranda Lambert and The Pistol Annie’s at their CMA Music Festival performance at LP Field. The show, Country’s Night To Rock, was taped in June but airs tonight on ABC!
Miranda’s corset was a challenge because of its custom cap sleeve, something we’ve never attempted before and she ended up loving.
Our sleeve innovation started with this simple bra cup that we turned into a structured shoulder pad. We then attached a custom made leather strap that is detachable from the corset.
For the next step was to cover the shoulder pad with the stretched black lambs leather. Guess what we used? Rubber cement a trick we learned from watching our dad make saddles for cowboys in our basement – Thanks Dad!
Once the sleeves were covered in leather and sewn together we hand stitched two rows of chains around the rim of the shoulder pad. We spent extra time carefully measuring the chains to get the asymmetrical flattering look.
Voila!!! They turned out so cool and Miranda looked amazing in them!
This is amazing….
Woahhhh! Things have been crazy here at ani&ari. We recently went to LA and had our first official photo shoot. We had an amazing team, and we are SO excited to share the photos with you. Until then, here are a few behind the scene pics. Enjoy 😉
Behind the scenes pictures taken by
Danielle and Ariel Tredway
Photographer: Sye Williams
Styling by: ANNIE+MELA
Hair: Clark Ivor
Make up: Melissa Tolentino
Art Director: Denise López
Models/ LA Models
One of our favorite parts of finishing a corset, is embellishing the busk and grommets. When we want something other than silver (which is the way the come) we get a little creative with combinations of nail polish…
Our plain grommets (left and right) and a simple busk (center)
We used a white polish by Essie for the base coat of the busk, then covered the top in an OPI sparkle. The grommets are covered in an OPI blue sparkle.
For this fabulous pink linen, we chose to paint our black grommets with a matching pink sparkle by Sally Hansen.
Be sure and check back for more peeks inside ani&ari!!! We’ve only just begun 😉
One thing that is unique about our corset company is that we make a new pattern for each customer. Once you see what goes into making a pattern, you will understand why this is such a big deal. It is rarely done anymore, because it is so difficult and time consuming. Most designers are not draping their own patterns. They hire a pattern maker, or send their sketched designs to a foreign country. This is not necessarily a bad thing, and some of the world’s top couture designers do it. We chose a different path here at ani&ari because we value the traditional methods of the design process.
There is no simple way to describe making a pattern, but we are going to do our best to share our process.
You begin to make a pattern by creating an outline of the shape of the desired garment. For this blog, we will be making a new underbust pattern.
I won’t go too much in detail about this, but it is important to know that there are reasons for multiple pattern pieces. You cannot just take one piece of fabric and wrap it around the body and expect it to fit. Pattern making is truly an art, in the sense that you must sculpt the fabric around the body in a way that’s comfortable, flattering, and beautiful. It is a skill that some people just don’t have, and luckily Danielle is an expert.
Once you have figured out the shape, the next step is transferring it to fabric. Muslin is a thin and inexpensive cotton fabric used for draping and pattern making by designers. Before you make any garment you must get the fabric on grain. Properly aligned grain is the key to a well-made garment. You probably know more about grain than you think. Have you ever tried on a cheap T-shirt and had the side seams twist around your body? Or after one wash it magically has taken a new shape? That is the result of fabric being off grain. You want the grain, or weave of the fabric, to be straight, even and square. This takes a lot of stretching, ironing and sometimes even wrestling. If we had an intern, this is what they’d do 😉
The next step is draping the muslin over the outline of the garment. You then pin the fabric together where the seams are going to be.
After you get all the pattern pieces connected you take them off, press them, and trace what you’ve made on to paper. From there you smooth out the edges of the pattern lines.
After making sure that the paper pattern matches up perfectly, you add the seam allowance. The most important part of all of this is testing a pattern before you make anything out of expensive fabric.
TADAAAAAA!!! Pattern Piece!
Check back for more peeks inside the studio! Happy Monday y’all 😉