The second corset is much better designed and made but after putting it to the poll on my Facebook page it was almost unanimous - people preferred the plum one. It had taken me ages to dye the fabric to the different shades so it's probably a good thing. Here are 2 of the pics I entered showing the front and back;
There are always little tweaks and things I would do differently if I had known better at the time. I can work on designs for literally 100's of hours - knowing when to stop is something I'm not great at - it usually is because I realise I can barely walk, I ache all over and I haven't eaten or drank any water for hours. This craft of mine has possessed me like no other.
The plum petal corset is not perfect in my eyes - there is insufficent hip spring, I dislike the fact that the boning cap can be seen at the front petal point, the bagged out petals are too bulky....I could go on. I also knew that as it stands I would not be able to make this into a commercial pattern and would have to make it easier, so I threw myself into it again (a complete sucker for punishment!) making changes to the pattern - no overlapping petals, a smaller under-bust and a larger hip;
I know this design and finish is better but I couldn't help but think that plum one is more stunning - and all that effort I went to dying the petals a different shade! I put it to the vote and guess what, almost everyone preferred the plum one....so I think I'll stick with that one!
I make all my sample corsets up to my size so I can photograph them inexpensively - I make so many for my Patreon patrons that I simply can't afford to recruit a model/MUA and photographer each time. Luckily I'm a pretty standard size however the extent of waist cinch is never very impressive! This is my failing of this design I think and I spent yesterday doing a redraw to pull in that waist a little more. As a bodice though I'm happy with how it has turned out and I can imagine this as a gown or wedding dress. Now to decide whether I want to enter it into the Foundations Revealed contest!