Sunday, 26 July 2015

How I Got My Corset Mojo Back for Sewcialists Lingerie Month

Hello! Sorry for being a bit quiet the last couple of weeks but I have been working like crazy and away again so there has been no time at all for proper sewing.  I also have a big work decision to make but more on that later.
Today I decided that enough was enough and that I had better make a start doing something with my recent lace purchases as the end of the month is nigh. I have to admit that I spent ages today just pinning the motifs until I was happy with their placement. It will probably take me as long to actually stitch them down as it did to sew the whole bloody corset. Handwork is definitely not my strong point. 

I use tiny, invisible stitches all through the motif to make sure that it is held down properly and not just round the edges. There will be some breading and Swarovski's on this too. I figure that there is no such thing as too many sparkles.


If you have been reading this blog for a while you might recognise the corset above. It was one that I made for Newcastle Fashion Week a couple of years ago but even though it ended up going down the Runway (inside out too - bloody dressers) I knew that it was not done until I had some lace (in the right colour) on it.  Apologies, it desperately needs a new corset hook at the top to keep it closed and my dress form is a bit "straight-up-and-down". It is much curvier on a real person. I was hoping to have it done for the end of July to fit in with the Sewcialist's lingerie sewing theme but it will probably take me a bit longer.


Still a few spaces on the back for me to add in a final couple of bits of lace. I love the colour contrasts of the lace against the fabric. The original silk was the pale lemon colour and I dyed it. The corset pattern is self-drafted based on one from my corset bible, "Corsets and Crinolines" by Norah Waugh.

Apart from that I had a couple of days off this week and took Sprogzilla up to her Granny's in Scotland for a bit of the holidays. As it was a nice day we visited The Kelpies in Falkirk en route. I love horses and was so excited to finally see these sculptures. However, what I was not prepared for was their sheer scale. They are bloody massive. Stunning and massive.


Round by the Kelpies is a really beautiful park situated on the Forth and Clyde Canal which is now a working canal again thanks to some recent renovations. The banks are gorgeous, covered in loads of wild flowers and even some jaggy* thistles.


*Jaggy adj. - Prickly or spiky. e.g. "Stay awa' fae the jaggy nettles or you'll hae a sair wan" . 
Can also be applied to the sensation on the tongue from fizzy drinks e.g "Jaggy Ginger" noun. Glaswegian for ginger beer. NB. "Ginger" can now be applied to all fizzy soft drinks.

We also visited the Falkirk Wheel which is amazing piece of engineering. It was opening in 2002 as part of the renovations of the Forth and Clyde and Union Canals and allows boats to be lowered from one onto the other, a process that used to take 11 different locks. It is an amazing piece of engineering. Here you can see the boats being lifted up and down at the same time. 


Anyway, I am contractually obliged not to talk about work but they dropped the bombshell on us that my department is moving to Birmingham. I was down there for a visit last week but only for a few hours so didn't get a chance to see much of the city. What I did see what not at all inspiring. Sorry people of Brum.

All the family want me back home in Scotland full -time. Is Birmingham to Glasgow commutable? I spend half my life travelling at the moment I suppose that another few hours wouldn't make any difference but am still not really convinced. Any info on Birmingham gratefully received, I really don't know which way is up any more.

Hope you are all having a great time!

Kxx





12 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about the work news. Grim.
    Love the corset. And I'm itching to see the Kelpies. Must make a trip there soon.

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    1. Thanks. They are really gorgeous and well worth a visit. In fact there seems to be a lot in Falkirk worth going to, especially with children. Sprogzilla is at the age where it was all "boring". I had to laugh. Yes, am a bit stressed to be honest. Hate making decisions, it's my Libran side. :) Xx

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  2. That corset is STUNNING!!!! I hope you upload a pic to the Sewcialist group as a work in progress - it seserves to be included in the roundup! Beautiful!!!!
    I'm sorry to hear about work... I hope it all works out for the best! :)

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    1. Thanks Gillian, I will do. I am chuffed to be able to finally realise what I saw in head. Doesn't always happen unfortunately. I am sure that things will sort themselves out soon. Least there are some fabric shops there. :) Xx

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  3. That corset is breathtaking and I adore the horses and that spectacular lock.
    That's a blow regarding work. I live 9 miles outside of Brum and worked there for many years, there's some great places, its not all a shrine to run-of-the-mill retail. The Rag Market & the Fancy Silk Store are a sewist's delight, the Custard Factory boasts some cool vintage shops and indie bars and restaurants and the network of canals are fab - although there isn't a lock as impressive as the one you saw. If you do end up working there I'd be delighted to show you round! xxx

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    1. Hi Vix, thank you and thanks for the info on Brum. It's looking pretty likely but I still need to sort out a few bits and bobs. Will definitely take you up on the tour guide offer but only if you let me buy you lunch/beer/all of the above. Having more fabric shops would be nice. :) Xx

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  4. What a fantastic corset - it's utterly beautiful.
    Love those horse sculptures too.
    I like Birmingham, it's changed a lot over the years, and as Vix says, it has some great areas and features. But it's tough to face long commutes and changes at work which aren't of your choosing. xxx

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    1. Thanks Curtise, The Kelpies are magical. I am looking forward to going back to see them at night as they light them up from inside. Thanks for the vote of confidence for Birmingham. I am just not looking forward to staying away a few nights a week. sprogzilla will not be happy but it is better than being unemployed. Xx

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  5. I was in Birmingham earlier this week and loved it - it felt really friendly and diverse. But everyone feels at home in different places; perhaps it's not the city for you.

    That corset is absolutely gorgeous. If I ever get any good at burlesque, I shall commission you! (Highly unlikely I'll be that good...)

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    1. Hi Mim, well I haven't written it off completely yet :) We were all a bit shell - shocked by the news so that will have skewed my perception. I am hoping to go down soon to take another critical look. People were very friendly A lovely man gave me a Qu'uran. Hate all the upheaval though. :(
      Thank you for your kind comments re: my corset. I have made a fair few burlesque costumes. I love making anything sparkly and a bit extravagant. I am sure that you are brilliant at performing. Burlesque is really fun. Xx

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  6. Once again I am in awe of your creativity, your skill, awe and admiration. And a little sad I no longer have the body to wear something as beautiful.
    I've seen the Falkirk Wheel on several television programmes and been fascinated by it - in a shop this morning saw one of Dyson's fans, no visible blades, seemingly a completely enclosed, no gaps outer ring, so where the heck is the air coming from? I don't mind technology, providing I can see how it works. This has me befuddled so I'm going to have to investigate on the website.
    Oh and those horse sculptures look amazing.... the horse in War Horse, for some reason, whenever I have seen it, makes me well up. Daft old bird.... no comment necessary.
    Surely you wouldn't seriously consider that commute? Not a fan of cities anyway, but as has been said, maybe it's just not the place for you. A second visit will be helpful, and if you don't get a positive feel for the place, what then?
    Interesting times!

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    1. Aww Edwina, never fear. If it is any consolationI don't have one either. I think that I design stuff in my head for the me that lived 25 years ago. :) The Falkirk Wheel is truly an amazing feat of engineering. I can't wait to have more time to go one the boat trip connecting the two canals. I like Dyson's. I have one of the ones with the ball and it nearly takes up the carpet. I love horses to much that I get a bit (really) soppy about them too. I couldn't watch War Horse as even thinking about it makes me cry. I probably am going to do the commute but not every day. It will be a pain but I can be home in 4-6 hours. I am just consoling myself with the thought of the Rag Market. :) Xx

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