This Halloween I took the time machine back to 1954, the year Finnish-American actor and pin-up Maila Nurmi (born Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi) took Hollywood by storm as her iconic creation ‘Vampira‘ in her late night TV show, The Vampira Show. Hired as the first ever TV horror hostess, and creating her own unique and enduring […]
It took 3 days, and about 30 hours in the Beginner’s Corset Making Course with Lowana O’Shea of Vanyanis, but thanks to Lowana’s guidance and the help of my awesome sewing bee friends, this newbie sewist made her second ever underbust corset. I think it’s a big improvement on my first try. What do you […]
‘I noticed a distinct lack of retro style undergarments made for the more voluptuous amongst us…I want to be able to cater to the women who have been left out.’ Elinor of The Nylon Swish is a vintage enthusiast who blogs about lingerie, stockings, foundation garments and their history, and shares her tips for embracing […]
After hundreds of questions from women keen to find out more about corsets to benefit their own health and back issues or fashion and fancy dress needs, I thought I would put together this Corset 101. I must stress that proper fit is key, and that is what this blog hopes to address. I also hope to help people who are new to corsetry to avoid the many cheaply made and ill-fitting products online that are often called ‘corsets’ but are often not corsets at all.
‘I’ve been embracing vintage style for over 20 years, and it hasn’t always been accepted the way that it is now. People often made fun of me for it or asked me why I was dressed like I was or why I’d wear so much make up.’ Dita Von Teese is an icon like few […]
As many of my readers will know, I have scoliosis – curvature of the spine. It was discovered when I was a teen, and by the time I was in my twenties a respected Australian doctor had strongly suggested I have a rod inserted in my back. I said no – a view that has […]