Dance the Ragtime along the Boardwalk

Isn’t that amazing that Boardwalk Empire started just a little while after Ragtime ?

I just read an interview of John Dunn, responsible of the costumes on the show.
Here a a few extracts of the interview, Ragtime related :

Are you dreaming about 1920s fashion?

I thought I would really be tired of it after a season, but I can’t wait to go back. It was such an interesting period because for women’s fashion in particular, it’s the first time we’re seeing what we know as the modern silhouette. Chanel had begun designing. The corset had not disappeared but it was being minimized. It was basically being used as a slimmer. Women had just recently started wearing bras and [panties] as underwear. Prior to that, it was bloomers and little chemises with the corset.

So you’re making bras, too?

Oh, yeah. We make everything — we do! The bras at that point had almost no shaping to them whatsoever. They really were pretty, much like a cotton bandeau, which was new and freeing but on the other hand, it wasn’t necessarily the most flattering shape for all figures.

Not enough lift?

Exactly. They let go of everything and they said, “We’re free!” And they went, “Oops!”

It’s lucky you have nubile young actresses in the cast.

It’s true! When the women went out, they were still wearing corsets, but when they went to, say, a jazz club or somewhere they were going to dance, everyone would retire to the ladies room and they would take their corsets off, go out and dance — shimmy, shake — and then at the end of the night, everybody would collect their corsets.

It’s like picking up the wrong umbrella — who has my corset? I love it.

This was a shocking thing to learn, too: In Atlantic City, they used to rent bathing suits. Ewww. A wool bathing suit? Thank you — no.

Hey … Also, hello ! Colours ! We’re matching !

And look at that ! A photoshoot on the beach, too ! Hello, little shorts !

Being in France I still haven’t seen this serie, and I’m not even convinced I’ll like it …
But I sure like the costumes !



Happy Halloween !

erm, Ladies … I think this guy plans to crash our pyjama party !
Also, silliest head-pieces ever ! awww !

Happy Halloween !

Celebrate it the Flapper way : with lots of orange, pumpkins
and the most ridiculous head-pieces possible !


sleepover night, every night !

We can’t stop making Polyvore sets !

I made one …

Pack your bags, Flappettes, tonight we’ll sleep over at Charleston !

>> I imagined how our “Ragtime Seance” final pyjama party would look like if it would be happening in Charleston, house of the Bloomsbury group.

x – x – x

The unstoppable Lisa made … three !

In case it gets too late to go home

Poetry, Palmistry and Progress

>> These were just a few of the topics of conversation in the salon she hosted from the bedroom of her Greenwich Village tenement.

Curtain Call

>> They always want more. Who has time for stage fright?

x – x – x

And S. Elizabeth included her first embroidery work to her latest set :

…the art of enriching a fabric with stitchery

x – x – x

… I sure see some fabulous nights filled with art, poetry, tea & magic just around the corner ! hee !


Forbidden images & Geniuses

I stumbled upon this this week-end and not only is this mind-blowingly beautiful but I thought that it can provide inspiration for lingerie, too …

This short was made for the 2007 “72 Hour Film Festival” in Frederick, Maryland. All of the clips used in this film came from a reel of 35mm nitrate found in an old theater somewhere in Pennsylvania.
The projectionist clipped these scenes to meet local moral standards of the time.

Do not let others dictate how you should present yourself or your art.
Risk more than others think is safe

I love it !

Also, I just wanted to let you know how thrilled I am (and I know Drucilla is, too !)
Even better than a club … I feel like I’m part of a team of geniuses, no less !

I love how involved you are and how much the theme seems to inspire you …

Bonsoir from Gay Paree !


Ragtime Club

We now have a Ragtime Seance Polyvore Collection to host all our pretty sets.

Also, don’t forget to add images of your works to our private Ragtime Flickr Group.
Be sure to share images of your work-in-progress. So it really feels like we’re working together !

Stitching-up Magic

Join the fun ! Meet us there … I made muffins 😉

Also I wondered … Where do you feel more at ease to ask questions ?
~ here, on the blog
~ on the flick’r group
~ or on twitter ?


black night, white shorts

I took some more pictures, to show the details of the shorts.

And give you an idea of what I call “a perfect finish”

inside-out view showing the french seam :
(that we call couture anglaise -english seam- in French ! ha !)

See ? No seaming, no ugly threads !

Also, I couldn’t help but put together another Polyvore set, based on my own Ragtime night-set, this time.
I wanted it to illustrate the Seance part of our title.


What’s that Dolly ?

S. Elizabeth, aka Ghoul Next Door just joined the team !
And, as a fellow Polyvore addict, she put together these fabulous sets :

What’s that, dolly ? We are missing something ?

What's that, dolly? We are missing something?

No dolly, you can’t come to the ladies slumber party !

No dolly, you can't come to the ladies slumber party!

Wow, how elegant is she going to be for our pyjama party ? Terribly !
Cheerio !