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Deeper meaning: Buried within the beauty of this intricate Rococo-era corset (circa 1770) ...

Deeper meaning: Buried within the beauty of this intricate Rococo-era corset (circa 1770) ...

There are many bird totems in Native American beliefs. Today, I want to talk about the Cardinal and its totem meanings. My friend Joan recently blogged about some bird feeders that she was having trouble getting birds to feed at. She related a story about her granddaughter, Jessica, and how she was fascinated with the … Continue reading Bird Totems – The Cardinal

There are many bird totems in Native American beliefs. Today, I want to talk about the Cardinal and its totem meanings. My friend Joan recently blogged about some bird feeders that she was having trouble getting birds to feed at. She related a story about her granddaughter, Jessica, and how she was fascinated with the … Continue reading Bird Totems – The Cardinal

Cotton and silk pintucked corset cover with puffed sleeves and lace and ribbon trim, French, 1895-1900.

Cotton and silk pintucked corset cover with puffed sleeves and lace and ribbon trim, French, 1895-1900.

Maternity corset!!! See how the front panels can be let out? Pregnant women could and did wear corsets for much of the pregnancy - if nothing else, the "girls" needed quite a lot of support as they grew bigger. And it would be possible to let out the middle while keeping the bottom tighter to come up under the belly for support. Most of the seams in this one are corded (threaded with cords) rather than stiff steels - softer, more flexible. A corset gives good back support as well.

Maternity corset!!! See how the front panels can be let out? Pregnant women could and did wear corsets for much of the pregnancy - if nothing else, the "girls" needed quite a lot of support as they grew bigger. And it would be possible to let out the middle while keeping the bottom tighter to come up under the belly for support. Most of the seams in this one are corded (threaded with cords) rather than stiff steels - softer, more flexible. A corset gives good back support as well.

Stays and Panniers, England, 1770-1790 Traditional undergarments are copied as near as possible to give the costume the right shape and authenticity.

Stays and Panniers, England, 1770-1790 Traditional undergarments are copied as near as possible to give the costume the right shape and authenticity.

Stays  1785-1790, 18th century  39.8 cm  Gift of Mrs. Hamilton  M969X.26      http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/scripts/viewobject.php?Lang=1=false=M969X.26=319509=1

Stays 1785-1790, 18th century 39.8 cm Gift of Mrs. Hamilton M969X.26 http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/scripts/viewobject.php?Lang=1=false=M969X.26=319509=1

1740 Stays..... LOVE this corseting shape, it provides such an awesome silhouette, plus "BOSOMS ON DISPLAY!"

1740 Stays..... LOVE this corseting shape, it provides such an awesome silhouette, plus "BOSOMS ON DISPLAY!"

A thousand layers of tulle - petticoatguru: Stays 1785-1790, 18th...

A thousand layers of tulle - petticoatguru: Stays 1785-1790, 18th...

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