Monday, May 4, 2009

Antique Lace, Ribbon Work and Bridal Themes

I found this sign at a local shop and decided I wanted to bring it home. We all like to ~ Dream ~ I will hang it up in my Guest Bedroom/Vintage Clothing Room for inspiration.

I gave this antique net lace a gentle soak over the weekend and it came out beautifully. I have about 15 pieces that appear to have been part of the most stunning dress. It is an absolute shame that someone chopped it all up. I see no damage on the individual pieces, so I think this is all scissor work. I wonder if the guilty party had any clue about the value of a Net Lace Gown in MINT condition. Such a shame.

I tried putting it all on my kitchen table to see how much of it was remaining. Not enough to play Humpty Dumpty I am afraid. I guess it will have to be used in combination with a new creation or a restoration of some other gown.
The silk ribbon work is gorgeous. There are many talented ladies on Etsy that could surely make this into something formal again.
~ We can DREAM ~

The bottom portion is still intact as a full skirt. It could be the bottom of a new gown or perhaps a doll dress, or even a little flower girl dress. Wouldn't that be sweet!

I also have over 120 inches of vintage wedding veil net. Pretty Tambour embroidery.

I have some vintage lingerie to list this week too. Do you know any Brides-to-be? I seem to have a Bridal theme this week : )

I also have two vintage wedding gowns that I need to finish repairing . . . before the weather gets too nice! I will aim for Friday . . . . . Blogs are a good way to set a timeline!


Sheila said...

OH MY HOw could any one cut up such beauty. I guess a scorn woman. lol.. It will indeed make something else very beautiful.. I know you must drool when you look at it.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Karen,

What very pretty lace and you would wonder how someone could ruin, what would have been a beautiful gown.

I like your new Dream sign ~
I saw a sign the other day it said
Follow the dream
See where it leads!

I loved the thought that you will soon be swimming in your pool, must be wonderful after the snow and cold weather you have had.

Have a great week

Charmingdesigns said...

OOOOOH...NOW THAT LACE I WOULD HAVE BID $7.50 for lol. It is beautiful!!Now I cant wait for the next auction. Laurie

TattingChic said...

Wow! That lace is absolutely gorgeous! What a lovely veil that would make! I wish I had a wedding coming up because I would snatch it right up! LOL! ;)

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Karen, I love these gorgeous lace peices... I will be keeping my eye on your shop. ;)) I have a little doll that woudl be SO lovely with some of those pieces.

You have such beautiful pieces to list this week.


Lori said...

Karen, those lace pieces are amazingly beautiful...i can't believe someone cut that dress all up either, what a shame...

English Cottage in Georgia said...

The lace is stunning - what a treasure trove you have :-)

The Victorian Parlor said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I can think of dozens of usees for that wonderful lace:) What fun!

lorhen82 said...

WOW!!! It is a shame that someone cut the gown up, but at least the remnants of gorgeous lace can become something new. ~Lori

Nancy said...

HI Karen...Oh, so beautiful. I can think of a million things to do with that lace!

What a shame that someone cut it...but there must have been a reason...possibly the same reason I would...for another purpose.

Poor Cider...they can do some silly things!

Have a wonderful day!
Hugs, Nancy

Jenn said...

Swooning over that lace! Gorgeous. Hope your enjoying your spring!

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Oh how beautiful!!! The design sign is great! What a lovely little flower girl dress that would make.

Rosanna said...

As a bride to be in an Edwardian themed wedding I've been trying to find a tambour lace veil (to no avail!).

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

The lace is absolutely stunning, cant believe someone cut it up!