Friends; I’m in the sharing mood. There are certain things that I won’t share – chocolate (kinda goes without saying really) or my pillow or what’s on my Kindle reading list (you really don’t want to know), but when it comes to vintage clothing i’m happy to share. This sweet long sleeve gown is one of the few long-sleeve garments in my collection – this isn’t by accident – I much prefer the short puffy sleeves that are so prevalent in most gowns. What caught my eye with this gown is the ‘checker board’ embroidery.
White-on-white embroidery doesn’t photograph well; i’m sorry readers – this is the best I can do at the moment. But photography issues aside, behold the gorgeous pulled shadow squares that make up the embroidery feature on this gown. I love this technique; it’s the bees knees in my opinion – do bees have knees? Who knows? Who really cares when there’s embroidery eye candy like this on offer!
Those divine pulled shadow work squares are on the neckline as well.
I love the technique where the entredeux attaches a highly embroidered neck feature which is so very prevalent on these mid 20th Century gowns. I REALLY want to learn it. I’m going to search through my French Hand sewing books and see if I can find how to do it – these techniques are being lost due to mass production; It’s heart breaking.
I know that sounds more than a tad melodramatic friends, but I fear that it’s true. Each new generation is being raised thinking that the quality of a garment is directly related to a brand name and/or a high price tag when in fact it’s fabric quality and sewing construction techniques that really determine the quality of a garment.
I’m hoping the renewed popularity of sewing will go some way to remedying how people think about the clothing they buy. Not only the quality of what they consume but the ethics involved in its production…
Friends, I leave you with food for thought while I go back to the
dwindling ever growing pile of vintage sewing patterns that require ironing and sorting. What is it about clothing that makes it high or good quality? Is it the construction techniques? Or is it the fabric? Maybe both? Can mass produced clothing be quality? Are couture and/or French hand sewing techniques no longer relevant in today’s garment manufacturing process? Can garments with machine embroidery be compared to hand embroidered garments in terms of quality?
So many questions!