I took a class on digital textile printing this past winter and, along with designing some repeating silk patterns, I also took it upon myself to attempt a Trompe l'Oeil corset using the Simplicity 9769 pattern which has treated me so well in the past. After digitizing the pattern, I then set to work designing the panels, taking into account how they would align, seam allowances, etc:
...Many thanks to ~FoxStox for the bits of machinery on the back panels, which I adore. I then drew out a mechanical damask pattern for the lining. I ended up using the blue & brown colour scheme on the left, but I did a number of other samples during the decision process.
Here's the corset flat, along with the boned lining:
and, finally, proof that I've worn it and fill it out far better than that dress form at the top of the page:
EDIT: Forgot this detail for the Myst geeks:
So yes! Therein lies the story behind that thing. I'm definitely still in love with it.