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A 1920s dress kit

A 1920s dress kit

Last week Mr D & I went down to Nelson to celebrate Thanksgiving with his parents (who have adopted it since I moved to NZ, to help me feel at home, because it’s my favourite holiday, and because they are lovely). It’s always wonderful to go down to Nelson, but it was particularly good to get away after the upset in Wellington after the earthquakes.  Ironically, we were going closer to the epicenter, but Nelson has had much less damage than Wellington (they say 11% of the city centre is shut down).  Being there felt like escaping, and just helped reset my equilibrium. My wonderful mother-in-law helped with the escape feel by taking my antique shopping – where I promptly found the most exciting thing I’ve ever found at an op-shop. I was digging through a chest of fabric (nothing interesting) when I noticed something that looked a bit like a fashion plate in a cabinet next to me. Curious, I pulled it out.  It was a pretty 1920s dress, with some odd notes.  And then I …

A 1910s-early 20s brassiere/bust cover,

An early 1920s brassiere

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve done a ‘Textiles on Thursday’ post and shown you a textile from my collection, so it’s time to remedy that. For today, a fun, simple piece: an early 1920s brassiere / camisole: The brassiere is made of silk moire-taffeta with a jacquard woven pattern of morning glories. It’s trimmed with a wide lace border at the top edge, which has been scooped down and hemmed  under the arms: There are vertical lines of lace over the front bust: And edging of beading at top and bottom.  Originally it would have had narrow silk ribbon running through the beading, to gather the brassiere in above and below the bust: The brassiere was held up by silk ribbon straps, with jacquard-woven patterns of harebells (one hopes that this is well after Victorian flower symbolism has been well left behind: otherwise this is a most un-promising garment, with morning glories for love in vain, and harebells for grief!) It measures 10″ deep at the centre front and back (8″ + a 1″ wide lace …

Ruffled unders at Ruffles & Rebellion

Ruffled Unders at Ruffles to Rebellion

I am buried under piles of ruffles (literally – having spent most of the day hemming and ruffling 12 meters of silk organza for a travelling petticoat for Ninon, only to decide in the end I didn’t like the way it looked…) getting ready for Costume College, so I’m pulling out a fun costume pretties post that I’ve had stashed in case of emergency (aka:  when I decide I really need a new dress, and have only two days in which to sew it…) This is ‘Priscilla’ in the outfit she wore as a model for the Ruffles to Rebellion talk. Priscilla claims that she’s no good at posing, but I think she’s a natural in front of the camera. Doesn’t she look just adorable in the outfit?   (she joked that she agreed to model just so that she had an excuse to wear nothing but underwear to church!) B doesn’t approve! This is my favourite photo of the series – it absolutely captures Priscilla’s personality: (photos by the fantastic Facundo, who is always looking for new models …