As many of you vintage wearing followers will know, sourcing original 1940's clothing is not an easy task. We are always on the look out, scouring vintage fairs and buying from re-enactors etc. Normally we have to "find" the items but, a chance meeting at a 1940's re-enactment, not one that we were trading at, a lady who had discovered some beautiful items while clearing a house, brought them to our attention and we were lucky to acquire them.
First up, a suitcase. I've riffled through many a vintage suitcase. Sometimes they are full of treasures, other times the contents are so disgustingly dirty that I have I worry what I might have inhaled! This unassuming leather suitcase, somewhat battered and tired.......
was full of treasure.
Please excuse the chapel pew that the case is sitting on. We have 2 in the garden that came from Perranporth Methodist Chapel where my daughters were christened and they are somewhat of a project! Back to the case though!
A half finished dress. The sleeves are sewn in and the skirt attached to the bodice. All it needs is buttons and button holes (argh!!), a collar and then a hem. Why wasn't it finished? I wish I knew. It's been beautifully made, neatly finished seams and the like so should be easy enough to follow on and finish it off. The instructions are in the pattern envelope but sadly no pattern pieces.
A collection of vintage cottons and a rather complicated looking knitting stitch/pattern counter thingy - think I'll stick to paper and pencil to mark off my rows.
Some instruments of torture! Well, in truth, some 1920's crimping irons but I didn't know that until I asked my Mum. They are complete with singe marks from when they were heated in the fire before being used on someones hair. The damage they must have done and the smell - it must have been terrible.
Two rather lovely knits! The tank top has been feasted on a little by some hungry moths - thankfully it's repairable though. The cardigan is beautiful with just a tiny moth hole on the front rib and a missing button - better raid my button stash then. Someone has boiled it and shrunk it which is a shame for us adults but a plus for C as it fits her perfectly. However, as it's pure wool, she is reluctant to wear it - I shall persevere because I shan't be knitting anything as intricate for her!
More knitting patterns!!!! I couldn't believe it. They are in lovely condition and I had been after an original copy of the Bestway "Gifts in Knitting and Crochet" for a while.
Corsages!! Just look at them, so very beautiful and each one different. They are mostly done in perle cotton (thank you Ginny for help on that one :o)!) and each one has a thick green felt back with 2, sometimes 3 safety pins on - no fear of them falling off. Some require a little stitch here and there and the backs aren't the neatest but, who's going to see that once it's on a jacket??
This very talented lady must have spent hours making them and for what purpose? An artisan with a shop perhaps or simply crocheting for pleasure, we'll never know.
I would love to keep them all, they were a real once in a lifetime purchase, but I'm being realistic and have only kept 2. I figure that they have been stored long enough and clearly haven't seen the light of day for many a year. I'm hoping they will end up with people who will love and cherish them as much as the lady who kept hold of them for all these years did.
When looking through them, I noticed that the Bestway "Gifts in Knitting and Crochet" pattern had been put to good use to make 2 of the corsages.
Along with the suitcase, I bought 2 dresses. I don't normally "show off" the clothing that I buy but these 2 dresses, both made of moygashel, a linen feel fabric, are so beautiful that I thought you might like to see them.
|Patriotic red, white and blue number with it's original belt!|