Frequently vintage lace comes only in small amounts and short pieces.
So what to do with this precious little bits? You could turn them into some patchwork projects or make cushion-covers, wallhangings….or maybe just a hem for a slip…..For this project I used a simple pattern, I found years ago in a sewing magazin and embellished the edge with a border made of antique lace and satin ribbon bits.
Why is comfortable lingerie seldom beauty and beautyful one seldom comfortable and at a high price too?
If you want both, you can find some good sewing patterns at the web, no matter if vintage or modern. Even free patterns can be found on Internet, if you look for them.
I had to think hard, if I could do it and finally I began to sew my own lingerie. It´s not perfekt now, but comfortable AND pretty and always good enough for me.
For your selfmade luxurious lingerie your can also use some old clothing, that´s made of silk, fine linen or cotton. For the Projects, you can see in details in the pics , I cut up a silkskirt I seldom wore and two unloved satin-silk tunics. NOW I love them much more!
This Time I wanted to try an early kind of cloche from the end of the Art Nouveau era. Fortunately I posses a hat block around 1917-1920.
The stunning brass stamping is genuine Art Nouveau and was meant to embellish books. When I saw it first, I knew it´s a must have for me!
It took me long to decide, which hat to garnish with and in the end it turned out to be this severe piece of millinery. The brass stamping should be the only “actor” on the stage of this hat. No further decorations, but vintage petersham and velvet ribbons in a matching shade.
I know, I know…..it´s a BIT to much decoration for a little straw cloche like this….But I wanted something opulent and don´t forget- not every 1920s cloche was made in a minimalist style. Sometimes you can find vintage cloches in collections, witch are hyperbolic in decoration.
I took a new paper straw cone and a precious piece of gold ribbon with an egypt revial pattern from the 1920s and combined it with a selfmade trim from vintage goldbraids and velvet ribbon. The woven gold ribbon ist in a delicate condition, which makes it impossible to use it for bags or clothes. But it´s still good enough for millinery! The trim is inspired by the image of an antique piece, made of black Soutache, that I found on the web. I took only the shape and used completely different materials.
It took months to collect all the beautiful bits and pieces for this recycling project. Some of them had been used before and were slightly damaged. But isn´t the imperfection the really interesting thing? To my opinion it´s much more lively.
I made an overdress, like a poncho, so it´s not necessary to wash it often. And if it´s need to be done, handwash in lukewarm water will do.
So if you have any ribbon, lace, border or whatsoever, don´t throw them away, even if they are shabby, full of stains or have some holes. There is always a way to use them creative.