We decided to spur them along by making our own as well. One teacher is doing Charlie and the chocolate factory, another is doing the lion king and I am basing mine on Alice In wonderland.
This week I started trying out some techniques to use. I took a few pictures as I went along.
This technique is called slashing. I first layered different fabrics on top of each other and created some white rabbit clocks by free machine embroidering them. My friend Sophia did point put they looked like bombs. I then made rows of straight stitching across the whole panel.
I then used an unpicker and tiny scissors to 'slash' the layers of fabric apart from the bottom layer. I used a piece of sand paper to rough up the fraying slashes but you can pop it in a washing machine and this works well. I didn't as I used various silks and satin fabrics.
So far so good! I am going to sew small white buttons in the middle of each clock. This will be used as one of the front side panels of the corset.
It's quite a cool technique you could use to make anything more interesting, like bags, cushions or patchwork throws.
I have done some more techniques and got a few more photos to post so will do this soon. If you want to have a go at slashing all you need is a few layers of any fabric (obviously ones that fray well), a base layer that is quite sturdy (felt or calico works well), thread, sewing machine, small scissors.