Monday, March 23, 2015
A Long Restoration Project
I think by now most of you blog readers realize that I repair/restore my vintage items to the best of my ability before offering them for purchase. Most sewing repairs can be done in an afternoon. In fact, if I come across a garment that is so destroyed that it needs more work than that, I simply leave it behind. At least most of the time. Last summer I came across an Edwardian net lace dress that was just so lovely, despite all of it's many, many flaws. I brought it home and decided, when time allowed, to challenge myself into doing a long restoration project. The dress hand dozens upon dozens of small breaks in the mesh, all of the silk hand embroidery was falling to bits and had to be redone, there wasn't a single snap or hook and eye left, and the sleeves and armpits were shot. Basically an exercise in patience!