torstai 9. elokuuta 2012

Cul postiche or cork rump, 2012

Let her gown be tuck'd up to the hips on each side
Shoes too high for to walk or to jump;
And to deck the sweet creature complete for a bride
Let the cork-cutter cut her rump.
        London magazine, 1777, Corsets and Crinolines, Norah Waugh


As I haven't found any other documentation for cork rumps than the few mentions in Corsets and Crinolines and those don't tell how they are supposed to be made, this is purely guess work. I started with cork blocks that I carved in shape. 


Then I covered them with linen fabric. I made three separate pockets in which to put the cork pieces. I closed the top and added a waist tape. Please excuse the lack of stockings and period footwear.



And finally the skirt shape. It looks a little more pronounced in the picture than in real life.


10 kommenttia:

  1. Fascinating! I like the look it creates. I've also wondered how cork rumps were constructed, or other information about them. Thanks for sharing!

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Thank you!

      It's a pity there isn't more information about them.

      Poista
  2. I am dead curious : What is the comfort level with those one? And are they heavy?
    Thanks for the lovely article!

    VastaaPoista
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    1. It's a little lighter than my larger cotton fiber filled one, but it's not particularly light in weight. However it's unnoticeable and comfortable to wear.

      Poista
  3. I have wondered over those too, but carved must be as good option as any other. It looks very nice!

    VastaaPoista
  4. I agree with Cynthia - fascinating indeed! And fun :) Sound like a better alternative to heavy cloth rags or fibre-fill, too.

    VastaaPoista
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    1. I do think it's better than rags or fibre-fill. But it's funny to think it's practically a wooden piece of clothing. :)

      Poista
  5. Love this! I've wondered how to do a cork rump, too, so I love seeing what you've come up with. Have you seen these cork rump cartoons before? They made me laugh--hope you enjoy if you haven't run into them already:
    http://lwlimages.library.yale.edu/walpoleweb/oneitem.asp?imageId=lwlpr04183
    http://lwlimages.library.yale.edu/walpoleweb/oneitem.asp?imageId=lwlpr04184

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Thank you! I hadn't seen them before. Very amusing! Thank you for sharing! :)

      Poista