When one gets to a certain stage of life, one's parents are necessarily at a more advanced stage. This led to The Sewing Lawyer giving up a week of sewing and knitting (and blogging) to help her parents reduce and recycle. The re-using will have to wait until they have relocated. In the course of that exercise
, some family heirlooms were unearthed.
A christening gown. Not worn by me. It was apparently considered too fragile in the 1950s. I tossed it blithely into the washing machine and ironed it, except for the sleeves. They are so tiny I couldn't figure out how.
It is machine made but quite lovely. Every edge is either encased in a tight scalloped hem stitch, or in a French seam.
To the right are the embroidered motifs from the skirt, and on the bodice.
And who doesn't need white cotton guest towels, complete with monogram and crocheted lace inset at each hem? I now have a matched pair.
Soon, I'll post my just-completed version of Vogue 1183. What with the time change, it may be a while before I can get any decent photos. In the meantime, here's a teaser in-progress shot of the insides of the dress (inside-out on my dress form). You can see the lining (light blue Bemberg), fashion fabric (dark blue wool/cashmere) and interlining (striped cotton).