Life is short, use the lace! We encourage our customers to agree to this as well. Antique lace is a treasure that needs to be appreciated and gently taken care of, and in most cases…gowns were constructed so the lace could easily be removed for cleaning, then re-attached by hand. 🙂
Antique embroidered wool gauze, hand-drawn silk fringe, dyed to match silks and textured cotton stripe…I think a new ensemble is in store. I love marigold and blue together, it’s such an authentic color combination. ♡
We’re hard at work planning our next journey to London and part of it will involve looking for unusual fabrics, lace and trims. We’ve compiled a short of list of places and no doubt, there will be more added…
Here’s what we have so far:
- Liberty London
- MacCullouch & Wallis
- The Silk Society
- The Berwick Street Cloth Shop
- Joel & Son Fabrics
- VV Rouleaux
That’s it for now… 🙂
Well, it looks like we’ll be making a return visit to the United Kingdom a bit earlier than originally planned, specifically, the first week in September. It’s sort of a last-minute thing that started as a “let’s do something different for Labor Day weekend” and sort of grew from there. 🙂 Our major objectives will be visiting some places that we missed back in April as well as going on a fabric safari, looking for rare and unusual fabrics, lace, and trim for our collections. So now it’s time to get planning again… 🙂
We’ve been making a major push to expand our collection of original dresses and gowns and after attending a recent auction, we’re are especially pleased to announce the acquisition of a circa 1880 day dress made from a combination of silk and piña cloth. What is especially exciting is that this particular dress used to be part of the collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has now been de-accessioned. Many of you will probably recognize this dress- it’s all over Pinterest and we even wrote a post about it back in early 2016.
This card came with the dress and has the accession number.
We haven’t been able to conduct an exhaustive examination of the dress but here are a few observations:
First in terms of style, this is a princess line dress with a small train so it’s consistent with the circa 1880 attribution. The construction is quite complex and the upper part is boned and shaped so as to be worn over a corset. Finally, running down the front of the dress is wide panel of ruched turquoise silk satin.
Interior of the bodice
The upper outside back bodice
Next, the fashion fabric appears to be a combination of white piña cloth with an ivory silk under layer, that is slightly rough to the touch. The piña cloth is very filmy yet firm- think a heavyweight silk organza. Running through the piña cloth are turquoise blue silk satin ribbon stripes; they appear to have been woven into the piña cloth itself. Finally, the dress interior is lined with a fine white cotton with a coarser cotton muslin running along the inside of the hem, acting as a guard.
Part of the interior hemline
The outer hem
Finally, here are some shots of the entire dress that were taken by the seller:
We are very pleased with this dress and we’re already making plans for a few designs inspired by it. Stay tuned for more!