Why did I choose a pale shade of silk to recover that amazing parasol? Because this is how the colors look when the sunlight shows through…the usual heavy black is so unflattering. The de-accessioned museum chapeau I restored and re-dressed as well, all those trimmings are from our antique collection. If you’re wondering “where is the lace on wire hat from earlier?” …good call…I decided to use this hat instead.
Frilly as a flower parasol to contrast with the tailored 90s skirt…now to finish the bodice!
Hat restoration and parasol recoveries finished…sometimes I find the accessories take longer than the suit and underpinnings!
The late 1890s isn’t really a time period that embraces my love of pleating, but I found some ways to sneak some in!
Adding a pinked fluting to the parasol’s edge so the lace canopy will “float”. These take time, but the results are worth it.