Friends, it’s been a whole year since I came back from nearly a month in Europe – Berlin and Paris were my two destinations. It’s about time I shared some of what I saw and found. My very favourite place that I went to was in Paris – a little store I found on a blog before I left and I was excited to visit. It’s called Objets de notre Memoire on rue St Paul in the Marai area. Loosely translated it means object in our memory.
Friends I know this little pre-stamped dress doesn’t look like much, but I love it. It’s called ‘First Spring” and it was made in the USA by Wonder Art – probably in the 1940s or 50s. I bought it and its matching gertrude slip last year or early this year. The set came with another identical dress and gertrude set and both sets are in beautiful condition. The fabric appears to be a sheer Batiste type fabric.
Friends, if you’re not familiar with a Southern Hemisphere summer here Down Under, then I’m here to tell you it’s hot hot hot. Believe me when I tell you, you could fry and egg on the footpath in a few minutes. It’s so hot, I’ve kept Brown Dawn in the house for three days straight in case he melted into a puddle of Lindt’s finest dark chocolate!…no hyperbole here folks; just pure fact! The heat has kept me out of the sewing room and firmly planted in the air-conditioned living room, but today with a little relief I got to photographing ‘weather appropriate’ sunsuit/playsuit patterns.
Friends, this darling little gown was bought here in Australia, but I’m not convinced it’s an Australian gown in origin. There are some things about this gown that raises some questions for me. Firstly, although I bought it in Australia, it has North American smocking on the two front shoulders. English smocking is the norm in Australia…not so much American smocking. The difference being that English smocking is pleated and North American smocking, whilst can be pleated by drawing up the dots, is usually stitched on the dots drawing the fabric together to create a design.
Friends, in another world a long time ago, one could spend a whole 75 cents and get sent to your door: a French seamed, pintucked, lace edged baby garment already stamped with an embroidery design along with the pattern and floss to complete!
Hello friends, today I’m sharing a white on white vintage baby dress and slip combo. They are particularly small and look to be for a newborn. Compared to other mid-century garments in the collection this set is very modest. The embroidery is positively yawn inspiring on the dress.
Friends…are you aware of the current phenomenon of making little girls dresses from pillow slips? I’m not a fan, but hey; each to their own. Even though I’m not a fan of the garment, I am a massive fan of the concept as it allows beginner sewists to create a simple garment and experience success. That sense of success and pride, no matter how simple the skills and dodgy the garment, is what will be the motivation for a beginner sewist to move on to the next project and the one after that and so on and so on. Back in the best decade ever, the 1980’s, we had the ‘onesie’ dress. It was the equivalent of today’s pillow slip dress.
Readers, this is a second blue vintage dress that I have – it’s different to the other blue vintage dress in my collection. First, it has sleeve bands rather than embroidered scallops that the other dress has. And second the hem line is stitched into a Madeira hemline.
Hello friends…I have another vintage gown to share with you. This one’s a stunner; take a peep at that double scalloped hemline!
Friends, I bought this mid century dress last year some time. It needed a lot of work and I took it apart and began the restoration process. It’s still in pieces in my heirloom sewing storage box – i’ll get it done eventually, but until that time, I thought it would be nice to share it.