Hoop skirt update

So, due to the fact that keeping the shape of an 1860s crinoline is very difficult, I have adopted a new approach. The thing is, in order to create that elliptical shape, I would have needed to put wire horizontally, which means that sitting wouldn’t be a possibility! 

So, the plans have changed. It is now going to be an 1850s wire crinoline, due to the fact that the circular shape is so much easier to make. 

I am making it out of some fairly sturdy wire I found lying around, and luckily, the cat approves of this project! She loves the tapes dangling down from it! I know that it won’t look beautiful and very neat, but that doesn’t worry me because with skirts over the top, no one will see the crinoline, and it’s there to give shape. 


It’s a cat’s life in the sun

Obviously I was not allowed to have the sun lounger ALL TO MYSELF, and so the kitty conquest was started. She inched, stretched and curled her way to the centre of the sun lounger, until, success! The seat was hers. 



Look at that smug face.


If I just lean a little further over….


Corset progress update and a bit of cuteness

Well, the boning has arrived, with much joy from the cat, as it was delivered with… A cardboard box. Oh yes. But if this wasn’t enough excitement for one little cat, the box was filled with… Brown paper packaging. Basically, Christmas, birthdays and all other occasions including wrapping paper had come early. 


She wasted no time getting to know the ins and outs of this. 

The box was also promptly sat in, but I didn’t capture pictures of that. 

Anyone with a cat can sympathise, and as I tried to wrap a present in this paper (I used nice paper on top, don’t worry. I thought it might be fun for my friend to try and guess how many layers of brown paper there was before she could get to the actual present. She didn’t find it as amusing at anitcipted…. Can’t think why.) my little helper sat on the paper. In the middle of it, next to her bed, but no. The paper was far preferable to a comfy, cosy nest which she loves. 

Anyway, so I have inserted the last bone and made a sampler for flossing patterns and colours.  I am ill (just as exams are getting under way, great) and now have the time to do this instead of revising…



At the moment I’m thinking that this one above will be best, as the colours tie in nicest. 

If you don’t know what flossing is, it is embroidery on a corset, mainly used at the bottom of the bone channel where the bone ends to prevent it piercing the fabric. 

It can be simple…


Or complex…


Anyway, it’s pretty, pretty, pretty and I look forward to adding some colour to my corset. 

All that’s left to god now is bind I and insert the grommets. Doesn’t sound much, but I bet it’ll be huge. 

Merry Christmas!

This is the first moment I’ve really had to sit down and blog. Christmas is now over and I have to go back to revising :-(.

However, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and feels fulfilled and rested.

I got a rather lovely dress form from Santa. P1100020 Isn’t she nice? BUT, she is a completely different shape to me in all respects. She is wider than me everywhere and when I tried to lace her into my stays I found that it makes a huge difference if you’re squishy and thin-ner.

Those are my Plain Paniers, the ones which I have posted about. Well, they are finished, but I had to adjust them a little….

They were far too wide and they moved when a skirt was put on top, so I added ties and (I’m not really sure what these are called) rings-and-ribbons-to-stop-it-being-too-wide. I’m rather leased with them, and it was lucky I added pocket slits this time which made it possible for me to install them. I’ve seen the same technique used in grand paniers to make them flat at the front and wider, if that helps give a better picture.

P1100070 Very clever, no?

Anyway, it wasn’ just us humans who had a good Christmas; the cats did too.

P1100029 Larissa LOVED her catnip-filled hedgehog, which is not covered in her saliva after she licked it non-stop for a quarter of an hour.

P1100038Lottie, on the other hand, seemed more interested in the string on which her squeaky mouse which squeaks realistically when tapped was attached to.

P1100030 She stubbornly refused to play with her present of the squeaky mouse for half a day…

P1100039 But sometimes even the strongest of iron wills must crack…

P1100052 Embarrassed, she took refuge under my pink-perfect-petticoat-in-progress (more on this to come).

P1100055 But couldn’t resist an opportunity to look cute so emerged, dignity in tact.

P1100024 She rolled about in my spare fabric (she’s truly my cat) and generally had a lovely time being fussed over.

Happy New Year!