All posts tagged: Elise’s gift

A romance of gloves

A long time ago, when I posted about the collective nouns for costuming I neglected to think of a collective noun for gloves. Surely though, a collection of gloves must be a romance of gloves. Is anything more romantic than a pair of vintage gloves?  Slightly worn and shaped to the hands of the wearer, redolent with the memories of the events they were worn to, the hands that held them as they whirled round the room in a dance, the personages they met and shook gloves with, the memorable moments that accrued the slight stains and soil marks. A fan is a wonderful, beautiful thing, but a glove…ah…a glove was worn next to the skin, and touched the skin of others.  It felt and caressed and gripped and saw everything.  A glove is a personality. The wonderful, fabulous Elise, of all those gorgeous vintage dresses and capes, found another beautiful collection to send me: her great-grandmothers gloves.  She suggested I might want to cut them up, but I only do that to very damaged, …

Elise’s gift: the floral organza dress

Well dear readers, it has arrived.  The last of the beautiful vintage garments from Elise.  I started this series with one of the most spectacular garments, the assuit tunic.  I’m finishing it with an equally spectacular garment, but in a completely different way. How do you like this sweet floral and organza afternoon frock? Isn’t it darling?  Isn’t it just gorgeous?  And you haven’t even seen how clever and cunning all the sewing details are! The dress starts out with a bias-cut underslip of the floral fabric: The underslip fabric is rayon, and is such a typically 1930s print: the limited colour-scheme of pastel primaries, the non-directional print, the painterly florals that are recognisable, but not realistic. The cut of the slip is clever but simple, relying on the bias and some basic bust-darts for shaping. The cut is also quite timeless.  If I found this in an op-shop today I’d have to really look at it to be sure if it was made in the 1930s, or the 1990s. There is no mistaking the dating …