How to tell if you have awesome friends:
If they stop by your house on the weekend for a cup of tea and you say “Oh, I was just about to climb into a chemise and corset, any chance you’d be willing to take some photos of me?” and they spend over an hour helping to lace you into a corset and directing poses and snapping photos:
The resulting photos are evidence of how truly fabulous Emily of Ever So Scrumptious is! I hope she had as much fun as I did helping me document me wearing my 1860s chemise (finally!) and new stockings and drawers, and red elliptical crinoline (even more finally!), and paisley petticoat (also finally).
We got some lovely atmospheric, romantic period stuff:
And some adorable stuff with Felicity (because how could you possibly pass up the chance to pose with Felicity?):
And some fun stuff with me being silly (this is me immediately after saying “I don’t know what to do with my hands! I feel they should be doing something! Should I just throw them out?):
Or just showing off all views of the garment (note to self – I need to add one more band of wire to this hoopskirt, and re-arrange the wires so they form a smoother bell:
Felicity objected to posing (she only likes to be gorgeous on her own terms, thank you very much), so I got her involved by playing button soccer with her on the bureau chest:
We had to end that game when she decided to ‘win’ by trying to eat the ball. I guess that’s better than trying to eat the other players, but still not ideal!
I was so distraught and overwhelmed at the thought of sports cannibalism that I had to swoon:
Most gracefully and elegantly of course 😉
I soon recovered, and found a much more effective and satisfying (and safe!) way to tempt Felicity to be part of the photoshoot.
Many, many thanks Emily!
(and on the subject of awesome friends, Joie de Vivre has written the sweetest post about all of us,: D’awww!)
I love seeing the layers put together. I have been curious as to how many layers are under and over the corset. And Felicity of course.
Beautiful! I love your furry little accessory, but I suppose there’s no chance of training her to pose as a fur stole a la Greebo? Sigh…
That first photo is quite magical. I can see how it came about to be, but it’s still something else!
And the rest, as noted, shows the progression of the dressing beautifully. It’s the paisley petticoat, isn’t it?
(I accidentally wrote “petticat” at first. I wonder what kind of cat that is? Is Miss Fiss a petticat?)
Yes, I agree with Hana-Marmota – Miss Fiss is a petticat! 🙂
Oooh, let’s do it! Let’s call historical sewing cats petticats! 😀
PURE Magic…..and your foundations are truly gorgeous and inspired.. thanks for sharing,Mark
What great photos! Photoshoots are awesome – but good friends are the best!
Lovely photos, and I love seeing you play with Fissy. We had a neighborhood cat visit the other night, and we played the string game for a good half an hour. SO fun.
But where are the lovely Nana shoes?
It ‘s lovely but what about the cat? Some cats actually enjoy getting outfitted because of all the attention they are getting when in full attire….like ” oh you are the cutest CUTEST thing ever…” …coming from every one of those weird humans who give them food and stuff. They probably don’t know what that has to do do with the piece of fabric put on top of them but some cats are like:…ah whatever the reason… http://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/prince_henryy-300×300.jpg