Sewing Hints & Tips #1

When sewing bias binding to the top or bottom of a corset, match all seams & pin together as you would like them to be sewn. Zipzag close to the edge (so that when the binding is applied you do not see it) across the top. This will keep all of the pieces nicely together & make the job of attaching …

Fragile Productions and an enormous hat!

My latest costume commission has been an interesting one, an Edwardian traveling costume- hat & coat- for a production at The Little Black Box Theater, here in Bristol. Set on the Titanic the night she sinks this is a rather moving piece of theater & I am making the leads costumes, starting with the aforementioned enormous hat. . . more to come on …

A mini Midnight photo shoot!

Here at Laura After Midnight we take photography very seriously. . . well, Midnight’s long suffering Fella does! All of which meant that we were to be found, after returning from the local where we had consumed an excellent steak, staging a mini photo shoot for a series of Mini Top Hats, Paper Tea Rose Corsages and a stunning corset …

Plastic or steel, Ladies?

    Above shows two styles of Victorian corset, the black adapted slightly, & a costume I designed & built (the character was a time traveling Lady assassin!) for a short film in 2010, illustrating the great effects a corset can have when working with period clothing.  I’ve just found the most useful link to questions & answers about plastic …

The Foundling Fabrics.

I have just rediscovered one of the most fascinating spippets I happend upon a while back whilst reseraching hand painted 18th Century silks. The World of Interiors carried a story about Thomas Coram a while back who ‘Having made his fortune in trade with the colonies, in his retirement had noticed on early morning walks from Rotherhithe into the city …