Thursday, 17 July 2014

A few little bits for sale



Both bonnets now sold
Two gorgeous 19th century cotton sun bonnets - worn by the Limousin ladies whilst working outdoors. Well, today it was over 40 degrees C and there is no way I'm working in my veggie plot - I think these 19th century country girls were made of sterner stuff!

The bonnets are voluminous at the back of the head to allow for waist-length hair, all safely gathered in - the adjusting cord allows all stray hair to be tucked in.



Fabric now sold
A really punchy colour for a tablecloth!  Never designed to be 'best' household linen, this would have been thrown over the kitchen table after the chores were done and the meal prepared on weekdays.  For Sundays, then out would come the damask or linen - if you were rich enough!



A little bit of 1930s cotton fabric - perfect for your own project, maybe cushion cover, lavender bags or needle case.  love the flowers - quite charming!


Blouse now sold
A beautiful vintage French blouse - very demure.  It has handmade lace and embroidery - with a sweet little vignette of flowers and the name 'Marie' carefully stitched on the front.  The blouse is fastened with white milk glass buttons.



and, another blouse, similar but in a light weight cotton, and a little plainer.  The buttons here are mother-of-pearl.



Finally, a little morceau of fabric, rather scruffy as it is just a little piece left over from something else - I think it has been used many times,  but I love the pattern - perfect for again, another cushion cover.

Most of these are on my Ebay site here, but if not ('cos I haven't listed everything yet - far too hot to concentrate at the moment) just send me a comment and I will give you more details.

Enjoy the weather, stay cool!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Green visitor

Just managed to get a piccie of this grasshopper, sitting on the edge of the laundry basket.  He promptly leapt off and I spent the next ten minutes trying to hoik him out from behind the woodburner before the cats could get him.  He managed to get out but I keep hearing him singing under the floorboards!


Friday, 13 June 2014

lace and broderie anglaise

I never know for certain if broderie anglais/e should have that final 'e' at the end - if you look at dictionaries/Google etc, it varies depending on which site you look at.  The French always add the 'e' and I guess it is because 'broderie' is a feminine noun.  I prefer it with an 'e' as it sounds rather nice, although sometimes I do forget to use it!

Anyway, pedantics aside, I thought I would show you a few bits of lace and broderie anglaise that I recently  listed - some sold, some not.


A pretty little girl's dress - simple but with a border of lace at the hem.  It has a 1920s feel about it, with drop waistline.


simple, but quite sweet


A beautiful collar for a dress or blouse


there are little buttonholes to be attached to another garment - easier to wash just the collar when dresses were so bulky and hard work to launder
 

My favourite item for ages - a stunning pair of bloomers - with an elastic waist for easy wear!  Stunning isn't a word I use often, but these are really quite lovely.  I have replaced the elastic as it had withered away, but otherwise, the quality and condition are both excellent.
bloomers now sold 
 

The lace border is quite generous: over 5 1/2 inches deep


and to finish, a tiny monogram 'MM' stitched on the leg


This girl's petticoat is gathered at the waist, and the lace would allow ribbon to be threaded through
 

the ribbon is long gone, but the item is in very good condition .  Nowadays, a little girl could wear this as a dress, not under a dress - they must have been very hot in summer with so many layers albeit white cotton!


Another very popular item - a lady's slip, or summer nightdress.  Perfect for the heat of the summer


and again, simple, but decorated with hand embroidery and a touch of lace on the top edge.


A piece of more modern palest salmon pink lace, machine made, but perfect to decorate a 1950s or 60s petticoat or nightdress.
salmon lace now sold

I really like the very pale salmon pink colour - very subtle


and quite sheer, with a nice floral design.  Even in modern times using modern manufacturing methods, lace is still so popular.

If you would like more information, just clic on my shops above or send a message.

Have a good weekend!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Little bit of recent vintage French stock



I thought I'd pop on some pieces of stock I've recently had - just to show that I have been busy and not spending too much time in the garden, now that the sun has finally appeared.

All the pieces here are vintage French - not modern copies.   I have laundered each garment - and starched where necessary:  I love pressing the linen - especially the tiny baby clothes!

 

Another one of my dramatic black hats, complete with veil.  Worn in mourning, and I suppose eventually worn all the time, this has a little ribbon ruffle for decoration.
    
hat now sold








a little baby gown - just love the sleeves - handmade, warm and cosy without being too hot as it is made from cotton ribbing.

Here is a vintage version of the babygro - or growbag, as my brother used to call them.  It has little glass buttons 

and here is another, slightly different.  I sell lots of these to doll collectors, who prefer to have the real vintage item instead of a modern copy.


a French sewing basket - there are compartments inside, just waiting to be filled with reels of cotton, embroidery silks and buttons...


and another, in blue, with a handle (which pops out for ease of shipping!)

 


This trim makes a gorgeous shelf edging - or to use on a blind or curtain
trim now sold


or perhaps to trim a cushion?


A really beautiful baby's bib.  This is for a new-born - so much work, just for a little bib!
bib now sold


I've always found these sweet bibs popular both as gifts for new Mums, and doll owners - this is so gorgeous, I feel like framing it!


This is a rare item - an AMICE - a cloth which a priest would wear around the neck and shoulders, with the little red cross at the back, and then tied across the chest: worn under the outer robes.
amice now sold


and, oh dear, I don't know if I should have followed up with a pink corset, but there you are - a little bit of ooh la la!





complete with original maker's name label!
corset now sold

As usual, if you would like any further information, please do clic on my page here, or contact me by leaving a message. 

Thursday, 22 May 2014

A bit of a storm in Saint Mathieu

Had a bit of a storm yesterday afternoon - the power was off until early this morning.  Heard there was some damage at the lake at Saint Mathieu, and as we were passing, OH took some piccies on his phone.

The lake area is lovely - we often walk there with the dog.  There are little cabins which house the first-aid centre, refreshments, and a shower/changing area for bathers.  Some of the cabins have been completely smashed, and trees are damaged and toppled over. 

 

It looked as though a small tornado had passed through - some of the trees had lost branches, or had the tops ripped off but in a twisting motion, not merely snapped off.

Fortunately, no-one appears to have been injured

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