Sunday, 22 March 2015

Floral Corset of 1891

While I'm not keen on the floral fabric just look at how well matched it is!
via Metropolitan Museum of Art - Gallery Images on

This is the kind of shaping that I like, and the kind of shaping that I want to aim for when making corsets myself.
Something I would like to add though, I know it's hard to tell dimensions and scale from a photograph, but does this really look like the mythical torture device that bad researchers and terrible historians bring up to get a gasp out of an audience?
It doesn't look very much like the owner was overly thin or fat, and it certainly doesn't look like it would cause mutations of the body unless severely misused.
I notice also that it features a petticoat clip on the front, I find these quite interesting for two reasons.
One is that people often seem to mistake them for lacing hooks, which presumably is where the idea that laces are wrapped around the body and then tied at the front comes from.
Two is that I cannot figure out how they work, I know they're there to stop the petticoat riding up, but I can't figure out how they attach as in every photo I have seen of a petticoat hook it seems to be the opposite way up to the way that would work in my head, and that if it wasn't that I know it's a petticoat hook and not a lacing hook then I to would assume that it's there for keeping the laces out of the way.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Obsession of the moment: Poldark

Aidan Turner with swooshy hair in 18th Century Military-wear?

Yes please :D
So there are a few costuming liberties that look a bit strange (a whole bunch of the actesses seem to not be wearing stays for a start, then weirdly a whole other bunch of them are), but there's some utter fabulousness (check out the draping on the back of Verity's dress after the duel in the second episode).
Also now I really want to sew DAT JACKET. 


My pattern arrived in the post this morning for my entry into Simplicity's Star Sewist contest this morning!
I'm entering the Vintage section because I felt like this is the pattern that has the most potential for me... Plus how freaking awesome is the belted version going to look over a corset?
My plan of attack is to make out a mock up first to see how it sits on me and if I'll need to make any alterations (I'm long waisted so chances are I'll need to make a couple of alterations), and then I will make a few sketches for my competition entry.

There's still time to enter the contest, you can find the details on the Simplicity blog here.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Postcard of a lady in her underthings

A postcard that is part of the The Milford Haven Collection, housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
It features a young lady that perfectly encompasses my personal aesthetic ideal. Long full hair, fantastically corseted figure, round bottom (I like big butts and I cannot lie), and long legs.

Underwear: From corsets to bullet-bras and back

So I have been nose-diving into what The Victoria and Albert Museum has to say about corsets lately.
I visited the V and A when I was a teenager, I really hope I can go back at some point as I'd love to take a little longer to examine their collections, and I would very much like to take a look at some of the archive pieces that they don't have on display and are storing at the moment.
It's so nice to find a bit of un-biased history now and again.
I've never worn an Edwardian "s-bend" corset, so I don't know if it is true that they are uncomfortable or not, but I do love the shape they give, so I'm hoping that I will get to give one a try eventually.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Figure Training

I know, I know yet another corsetry post... I'm almost turning into a corsetry blog these days, but you love it really!
"Cheapest real Whalebone Corsets in Europe"? I can't help wondering if they were nicely made or if they were a bit like the current crop of cheap end steel boned corsets?

Earlier whilst lying around trying not to cough up a lung (yes, yes I am still ill, thankfully it's not bubonic plague like I was dreaming that it was over night), I found this nifty little article  on the Victoria and Albert Museum blog about a book in their collection which is about figure training with corsets from 1870.

It's a very interesting read and features an illustration of The Venus Di Milo in Victorian finery!


Unfortunately as I can't really speak today without wincing it looks like I'm not going to manage to get my Dolled Up review up today.
But here is a photo of what I look like blonde until then!

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