This week’s lineup of extant hats, all waiting for repairs and steaming. How many teas and parties have these been worn to before they came to live here? I try to imagine them with each little repair.
Restoring extant garments requires love and patience. This linen lace jacket had mellowed evenly, so I chose to not lighten it, removed all the old metal hooks, and strengthened weak points with appliqué. I’ll carefully wear it for special occasions only and then put it to bed with its tissue. Don’t you wish we could hear the stories these clothes could tell, like beautiful teas or walks along the Seine? Now to go through my hat collection and find something gorgeous.