Discovered a thin book from Dover Publications in the library one wet weekend: Fashions of the Thirties, 476 authentic copyright-free illustrations, selected & arranged by Carol Belanger Grafton. (Still available online, also an updated version that includes a CD – such modernization!)
The tiny Publisher’s note states the images were taken from the Fashion Review Service, which I can’t find much reference to on the Internet. Seems the FRS publication was available to small clothing and department stores for use in their advertising. As the businesses were small, they didn’t have staff artists to draw the image.
Don’t know why, but paging through was very inspirational.
Hope you all enjoy this sample, too!
A local station is showing Downton Abbey Season 1, and I’ve been glued to the screen. Remember when Mrs. Hughes goes off to the fair to meet an old flame? Her dress had a bit of lace at neck & wrists. Here’s the only photo I could locate (from ITV). It only shows neckline, but sleeve edges were the same lace.
Mrs. Hughes, Downton Abbey (courtesy ITV)
The lace is probably sewn into place, sans gathers. These little wristlets weren’t, and can be used with sweaters, blouses, and suit jackets, as in this example.
For my purposes wider lace was used, but narrower would work, too – don’t you think? A simple gather with narrow elastic, knotted, then lacy raw edges sewn together. Easy peasy!
WeSewRetro is the first blog I read each day, and you all have provided untold amounts of education, support, and delightfully pictured projects. Thank you all! Now, I’d got to start sewing, and that has brought to mind a bit of a problem I need your help in overcoming.
Several years ago I was gifted with 2 identical napkins. Not much was known about them. They seem to be linen, with wide lace made for each square of fabric. The lace isn’t stitched together anywhere. (Please forgive my not knowing all the correct terms to use in describing this!)
Here’s the proverbial photo worth 1,000 words…
I’ve 2 questions:
- How might I make use of even 1 of the napkins? Accessory? Front bodice? Lingerie?
- There appears to be embroidery (for lack of a better term) on the lace, which is 3-dimensional on both sides, with 1 side more pronounced than the other. I’m uncertain which is the right side.
Here’s a close-up of the corner in what I think is the right side.
And what might be the wrong side, as it’s more dimensional…
Any advice or assistance would be most appreciated!