Friday, February 20, 2009

Miss Cora Ashling Gallagher

Hello, my name is Cora Ashling Gallagher. I am the daughter of James and Brigid Gallagher. My father was an Irish fisherman who comes from the County of Donegal in Ireland.

Here is my family crest:I love to walk by the seaside singing beautiful Irish airs or sit around the fire playing music with my family. I play the tin whistle as best I can while father plays the bagpipes and my brother Desmond beats his bodrhan. My youngest sister, Caera ("Kee-ra"), is not old enough to play yet she sings along with our music.
I'm so happy to be a part of Miss Emaline's Circle of Fashionable friends and look forward to sharing my wardrobe and stories of my adventures and travels over the years. I've had a great many adventures to tell of! I feel honored to share my story with you.

Monday, February 9, 2009


Hello my lovelies! This is one of my favorite subjects! I think there is something so lovely about clean white cotton and pretty things that no one sees but yourself. I'm not sure why I love underpinnings so much, but I absolutely do!

Here is a lovely hidden pocket that Olive made for me last year! Isn't it beautiful?
She embroidered it with flowers and my initial and then sewed it on to a beautiful printed cotton waistband that you can tie on over or under your corset!

This is my 1860's corset that I sewed entirely by hand!
It's made of dupioni silk (leftover scraps from my oldest sister's wedding dress!) and lined with white cotton.

I used a thick satin ribbon for binding the top and bottom.
The free hand embroidery I did with silk thread...

On the back I did little eyelets and laced it with cording.

Here is my pretty petticoat! Rather wrinkly at the time we took the photos but oh well, it gives it the real "lived in" look, right? =]
It is a vintage cotton petticoat with tiny little growth tucks and beautiful lace around the hem!
I didn't get a picture of the bloomers that I made but here they are peeking out from under my chemise... Ruffles are another thing I love!

Here is a random little project I did last summer...
A friend of mine was going to make a friendship quilt and she asked me to make a square for it!
A lovely idea, wouldn't you agree? So I decided to embroider mine...
Acorns are my favorite thing to embroider!

Well, that is all I have for the moment... I would love to hear what you think and see pictures of what you are all making or have already made. =]
ta ta,
Miss Emaline