Following up on Friday’s post on what I do when a garment is finished, this is how I store the finished garments.
Or, specifically, how I store my undergarments.
I have one suitcase for corsets, chemises, short petticoats and drawers, and another for big petticoats and bustles
My first suitcase, the one for corsets etc. came from Nana. It still has the airport tags from the last trip she took it on attached.
I’m pretty sure it dates from the 80s, when China had just started to really open up to the West. The suitcase is clearly made for the Western market, but the marketing hasn’t quite caught up.
The corsets and chemises and drawers go in the body of the suitcase, and I keep stockings and extra corset laces in the pocket.
Its a great system: anytime I need lots of undergarments I just grab the whole suitcase and go.
Just about the time that I started really running out of room in Nana’s suitcase, I found another, almost matching one, but even older and cuter, in an op shop for $6.
Perfect! This one holds my bustles and really big fluffy petticoats, which I use a little less than the corsets and chemises
And that is my attempt to organise and contain one little aspect of my massively disorganised and sprawling life!
I love your collection of suitcases, they are wonderful objects aren’t they? I also love the metal hat cases that were used during the age of train travel, with their paper tickets still on them, such sturdy cases protecting such delicate items. Their are several in the Brain Watkins House, and their story is one of increased mobility around the centre of a country once closed off with swamps and dense bush.
A true Museum professional you are! I love how you look at the little things and see the wider social context.