I’ve bought some rather pretty pogey bait at op shops in the last few weeks.
First, a fabulous necklace:
It’s a little more fantasy than historical, but in a pinch it could do late Victorian (at least based on my Sears and Roebucks from the 1890s).
And it’s just a lovely piece all on its own, with fairly quality workmanship.
The fabric it is resting on is a roll of unused vintage kimono crepe. Like so many kimono out there, it has the paulownia mon.
I had a bit of a blowout on vintage kimono silks actually.
In addition to the pink I got this beautiful crepe with mysterious white on white patterning.
Its a whole roll (an entire kimono), unmade up, so the pattern disappears and reappears along the roll, and includes bits of design that make no apparent sense at the moment, but will when they are matched with the right corresponding bits.
I’m looking forward to placing a kimono pattern over it, and figuring out how the designs would fit together.
And I have the most fabulous idea of what I want to do with it, but that’s going on the longer term pile.
In addition to rolls of kimono silk, I bought a few old kimono for the fabric.
One is lined in this stunning petrol blue silk crepe. The outer fabric of the kimono is boring, but I love the lining. I’m rather obsessed with petrol blue as a colour at the moment.
The other is this gorgeous tiffany blue with a woven in brick pattern. It’s a lovely, heavy fabric, suitable for corseting. Yummy!
And finally, after the fabric and jewellery pretties, I found more Royal Romance magazines. These are amazing sources for images, and ridiculous historical gossip. My appetite for some much more serious research has definitely been sparked.
There were more, but I passed on the ones on more recent royals. Buying the ones of Diana and Fergie would just be depressing. And without pretty dresses, I’m not interested.
There were a few that I passed up on because I thought I might have them already, but now that I know I don’t I’m definitely going to add them to the collection.