…on corset making. The last corsets I made were many many moons ago. I had no idea then how to ontain the specialist tools of the trade [busks, spiral boning, proper lacing] and I just relied on what I could get from the market plus the wonderful ‘Corsets and Crinolines’ by Norah Waugh. The corsets … Continue reading I’m boning up…
But it wasn’t all peasants, and the dreaded cardboard boxes of rags: I also got to choose, and later make, principal costumes. Much more fun! [Making forty fairly-period-accurate caps to cover those granny perms, on the night before a show is no fun at all] Sometimes I made the whole outfit, sometimes we hired bits … Continue reading Fat ladies and singing…[part 2 of 2]
Between starting uni in 1992, and finishing my first year of teaching in 1996, I joined a local amateur opera company as wardrobe assistant [and later Maitresse lol]. [No, not mattress, don’t be rude…] This was purely voluntary, as I’d long nurtured a fantasy of working in costuming. A pal joined up as a singer, … Continue reading Fat ladies and singing…[part 1 of 2]
Many years ago, when my kids were small, I often had to make them fancy dress, or costumes for school plays. Back then, you couldn’t just go to the supermarket and pick up a ‘dressing up’ outfit, you had to have a go yourself. I didn’t sew much for myself for years, but gradually started … Continue reading Fancy That!
Here are a few teasers of the blouse… …and some before shots of the silk parasol that I’m going to re-cover. Off to get all dressed up now, more pics later Continue reading A New Head of Steam #2
It became clear that a few alterations to the black skirt would be needed on its first outing: the hastily pinned ‘bustling’ at the back, was obviously only a temporary measure, time just got away from me [appropriate for a time traveller…] The large quilting safety pins that the wife used to secure it were … Continue reading A New Head of Steam #1
A long lie in A lovely bubbly bath A jaunt into town to buy buttons from the rag market Birmingham Independent Food Fair [nom nom nom burp] a little drinkipoo in the afternoon sunshine dinner at the theatre and TWO decadent desserts An evening with Alan Carr We ate til we burst and laughed til … Continue reading Perfect Day