Betty wearing lace trimmed silk under-garment with a delicate ribbon
It took a long time to bring some of the pieces back to a usable condition. Soaking, washing, soaking again using many types of detergents, vingegar, lemon juice, I tried them all! The downside of this is you lose some of the fabrics especially the silk. I often think it is the dirt that is holding it together! However, I am the very delighted owner of 32 vintage garments including bloomers (yes!) very well worn and patched (I know too much information!), camisoles, under-skirts, modesty panels, jackets - most incredibly small, one or two pieces very large. I estimate half of them will be usable as they are, the rest are so damaged I will use all the lace, fabric and trims.
Betty modelling what I think is a modesty panel - perfect condition
There were some lovely undergarments with beautiful hook and eye fastenings. One particular camisole although very badly worn has some exquisite pieces I can incorporate into my work, not one thing will be wasted!
Betty showing her midriff sporting the gorgeous camisole
One of my favourite pieces is this tiny tiny waistcoat, a very unusual colour, not sure if it is the original one. It is sooo gorgeous close up, such fine detail.
It fits where it touches!
Just had to show another photograph of the waistcoat as it is so lovely close up - it has to be seen to appreciate the beauty.
The little circles at the top are like tiny buttons
and last, but not least, a brassiere made of cotton, it has the initials W. R. and Whalonia reg'd on a label. It looks like it has had whalebones in but they have been taken out and the slits hand sewn down.
think Betty a bit lacking in the bosom department!
six lovely pockets for the whalebones
Oh, nearly forgot to show you the bloomers, very well worn, patched and darned, a lovely shade of dirty white! Lovely deep broderie anglaise trim with slotted ribbon redeem them somewhat.
Bottom only view to protect Betty's modesty!
embroidery detail white on white
Today my friend Gill and I have had another of our making days. The sun was shining, we sat in the garden, me with my dye pot on the patio, Gill making lovely woollen heart hangings and leaf brooches. We chatted in the sunshine, eating home-made egg and tomato sandwiches, grapes and lots of cups of tea. The bloomers, brassiere and modesty panel have been dyed and then re-dipped as I didn't like the colour (too purple) and have been hanging on the line drying in the afternoon sun.
I am pleased with the result a sort of greyish purple/pinky colour. I am intending to deconstruct and reconstruct some of the garments, to create contemporary wearable pieces. I will leave you with a couple of photographs I took this morning as I saw that my Himalayan blue poppy was about to lift its little head up to the sun....
just about, but not quite!
Hope the sun shines on you this week! Jayne xx