I blame it on my great-grandma

I get obsessed by things. You might have noticed. And my most recent obsession is… corsets.

Yes, corsets.

I told you about the books I bought a while back (by they way, they were fantastic! Especially the V&A underwear book, I honestly had difficulty in putting the book down, I just wanted to keep reading!) and of my plan to make myself another corset. Well I have. I finished it a couple of days ago and am vastly pleased with it. And I am going to share pictures of that one with you as soon as I figure out a good way to take them.

Yes, so corsets are my newest obsession. I’ve been reading about them, sewing one, and talking and thinking a lot about them. So my mom thought this painting would be suitable to hang in my sewing atelier.

This is my great-grandma. Not the lady wearing the corset, but the one pulling at the back. That was something she did, she sold Spirella corsets and this painting was made by a friend of the family and given to her. I never met my great-grandma, but both my mom and my grandma has told me a lot about her. And my mom has told me how she as a little girl used to play with all the corsets that my great-grandma was going to sell. Since my obsession started my grandma has been lamenting the fact that she threw away all the corsets and corset material that they had left. It is a great pity.

I think this painting is funny, and I like it also because it’s a family thing. And it’s about corsets… In the painting there is a note on the wall that says “Bär Spirella hela dagen och tryck in den stora magen”, directly translated it would be something like “wear Spirella all day long and press in your big belly”, but in Swedish it rhymes.


Told you I’m obsessed

Pictures of my own corset coming up soon!

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4 Responses to I blame it on my great-grandma

  1. Malene says:

    Love the painting and the rhyme! XD

    The big pink-ish book in the last photo – who is the author? I have a feeling I need to add that one to my book shelf!

    Looking forward to photos of your corset 🙂

  2. Congrats on finishing your corset! 🙂 (makes me want to read the underwear book :P)

    btw I really like the new blog lay out 😀

  3. Aurora says:

    Aah! I thought I had replied to this already! Sorry!

    Malene, that book is called Fashion – A history from the 18th to the 20th century, here it is on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fashion-History-Century-Taschen-Anniversary/dp/3822827630/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1310373193&sr=8-13

    It is two books, the one in the picture is the first one which is 18th and 19th century, and then there is the second book which is the 20th century. They are really lovely (particularly book one!), you should get them! 🙂

    Thank you Kristina! I am glad to hear you like the new lay out! 🙂

  4. Elinor says:

    That is so cool that your Great Grandmother made corset’s!!!

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