Corset Month: create bespoke Corsetry

Corset Month!! This was one of the biggest Sewing Pattern and Kit releases I had managed to date, it took me months of prep and sampling to be happy with. The Corset Kit has a re-usable graded Pattern for a Victorian inspired Over Bust Corset, with an Instruction Booklet which covers every aspect of making up the Corset including tracing …

Notions: Pretty Lace Edge

To achieve this pretty Lace edge detailing- ideal for Slips, Pyjamas, Lingerie or Skirts- first decide upon the Lace & measure the garment to ascertain the length needed. There are some beautiful, & colourful, Lace edgings out there & it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Next, fold the wrong side of the material over to the right side, to …

Wonderful little tutorial from Vivid, Please!

Not just for Halloween!! For this, my first Tutorial Thursday, I wanted to share this because I love this little Tutorial, and I love Vivid too! Click on the above picture for the Tutorial, then have a good poke around the Vivid Blogspot site, they’re crazy talented & I always see something I want, or want to make, or just …

Sky Blue Mini Tricorn Hat Commission

Just thought I’d quickly share some pictures of a beautiful Sky Blue Mini Tricorn Hat I’ve just finished for a customer…                                   Made from 100% Sky Blue Cotton, overlaid with slightly darker net, this features Vintage Lace carefully cut out and hand mounted to reflect …

Worth and Mainbocher online exhibition.

In 1860, Englishman Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895) founded a Parisian atelier that defined the luxurious standards of the haute couture and set high fashions stylistic course for the balance of the 19th century… Well worth a quick peek, this is from an online exhibition bringing you works from Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895) & Mainbocher (Main Rousseau Bocher 1891-1976), the ‘masters …

Bustle Illustrations and a good read.

I just came across these rather nice illustrations of bustles from a pretty cool vintage book I snatched from under an old ladies nose in a thrift store a couple years ago. . .                                             Gloriously entitled ‘Taste & Fashion’ by the indomitable …

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 …

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 …