Thursday, July 2, 2015

Italian Finds: Embroidered Hankie!


This week's "Italian Find" is a machine-embroidered hankie, done up on tissue-thin cotton of the finest quality! 


It's perfect for fainting spells and looking lady-like, if that's what you're into. 


The edging features a cute eyelet design... 


...and there's a sweet embroidered filigree just above the eyelet motif. 

If anyone has any information whatsoever about the techniques or design on this piece, please do comment! I would love to learn more about my little "Italian Finds!"

Monday, June 29, 2015

Harvest Ball Dress: A Vintage Dress Sneak Peek!


Pardon the cell phone pictures, but that's all you get for now! Here's a sneak peek at a gorgeous gown from the 1950s-'60s that my mother and I inherited from a sweet old lady (God rest her soul) who recently passed away. We also got other vintage gowns from her as well, so keep an eye out. This one needed a bit of work, so I set about fixing it. 


Here it is again, off of me and in a pile of lovely tulle and chiffon. Exciting, isn't it? I'm hoping to have pictures of it up shortly. I'm going to wear it to a dance my college hosts every year at the beginning of the school year. Looking forward to contra dancing in this beauty! 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Italian Finds: Lovely Lace!


This week, I have some lovely lace to share! I believe it is machine done, but I could been entirely wrong. 


Like some of the other pieces, this lace appears to have been pulled off of a garment or something. 


It will make the perfect finishing touch on an heirloom piece, that's for sure! 


And now, a word from Mr. Bennet. 


"No lace. No lace, Mrs. Bennet, I beg you!" 

Despite what poor Mr. Bennet has to say, I still have more lace to share. He's just going to have to put up with it... 

If anyone has any information whatsoever about the techniques or design on this piece, please do comment! I would love to learn more about my little "Italian Finds!"

Monday, June 22, 2015

Stash Challenge 2015 Minor Update!

Just wanted to pop by and give a little update on the 'stash... already, without having sewn much, the stash has gone down!


If you remember the first post a few weeks ago, this is a big improvement! My mum and I looked through it and sorted out the fabric we actually wanted. That being done, however, let's see how much of it I can turn into costumes and such before the summer is out... 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Italian Finds: Rosy Tablecloth!


We're back to the tablecloths this week! I have another machine-embroidered piece to show off. 


There are lots of little details on this one, like French knots, clusters of roses, and bunches of cornflowers. This center corner detail gives you a good idea of the colors and motif for this piece. 


This is a detail on the center border design... I love the little ferns! 


And lastly, of course, we have a detail from an edge corner. 

 If anyone has any information whatsoever about the techniques or design on this piece, please do comment! I would love to learn more about my little "Italian Finds!"