Make Do & Mend

In the good old days clothing was rarely thrown away and garments were mended, repaired, and repurposed. Now we live in a time of fast fashion, we consume and discard. Rinse and repeat. I’m not wagging a finger at fast fashion, I’ve occasionally purchased a thing or two at Forever 21 and H&M because let’s be honest, we all like cheap thrills every once in awhile. You know, I have a crewneck knit top from Forever 21 that I have had for nearly SIX years. And it’s still holding up. I can scarcely believe it myself!

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Anyhow, this post is meant to be about one of my summer projects that I briefly outlined in this post. No. 3: Embroider a few 1920s dresses that are a bit too plain. However, in this case it is a 1920s slip.

I posted it over on Snapchat, which I have yet to figure out how to navigate and use. I am constantly accidentally shutting it off or swiping the wrong way. Have I just hit my “glass ceiling of technology“? Like, I could figure out Instagram…but what is this newfangled Snapchat you whipper snappers are talking about? Je suis vieux? 

Adored Vintage | Make Do & Mend

Adored Vintage | Make Do & Mend

Adored Vintage | Make Do & Mend

The mess I made while doing this little project (no, it is not complete, I will post progress photos!) was so pretty so thus, it had to be documented.

After I spent about 40 minutes finding inspiration and sketching a rough outline of the embroidery work I want to do, I realized my initial stitches are way too large! I studied a few embroidered vintage lingerie pieces I already own, and next to those…my own stitches look like a cavewoman did them.

Ahh, woe is me mes amis! Shall I undo them or leave them be? The stitches on the bottom stem are a bit too taught. The thing is, there was a large tear here and I needed to stitch it up! Embroidering something lovely over a tear or hole is much more becoming than just plain stitches.

Adored Vintage | Make Do & Mend

Adored Vintage | Make Do & Mend

Adored Vintage | Make Do & Mend

I’ve only done one side, so on Sunday perhaps I will make more petite stitches on the other side. Then on to the leaves. I really enjoy embroidering leaves!

It was a very moody day at the studio today and I quite enjoyed milling about, taking a few product photos, doing a few mends on my very large collection of “vintage-that-needs-rescuing” and watching copious amounts of my favorite Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot!

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A List of 1920s Fabrics From Sears

I’ve been in a research & share the knowledge learned mood…so here goes. I was perusing through some old Sears catalog pages and started writing down fabric names I was not too familiar with. Some of these I have heard of, but really don’t know what it may look like in person since a lot of these fabric names aren’t really used today.

And so, in an effort to always improve my knowledge in the vast world of vintage and antique clothing and textiles, I give you my “I Need to Google These Later” Fabric List from the 1920s!

1922 – Barontine Satin

1923 – All Wool Tricotine
Seen on a skirt/jacket set. Tricotine is a double twill woven fabric

1923 – Caracul Fur Trimmed
Trim seen on neckline and cuffs of a coat

1923 – Canton Crepe
A dress. Slightly heavier than Crepe de Chine, texture has light ribbing. Here are two examples from Adored Vintage!
vintage1920scantoncrepe-fabricguide

1923 – Wool Eponge
Seen on a skirt

1923 – Prunella Cloth
Seen on a skirt

1930 – Cotton Pongette

1930 – Cotton Marcella Broadcloth
Seen on a day dress. Plain woven cotton

Hopefully I’ll be able to post more photos of these fabric textures up close with product shots from Adored Vintage! I do want to end with this final thought for vintage sellers and those that buy vintage.

THE FABRIC TAKEAWAY

There are FOUR main natural fibers for fabrics. Linen, Cotton, Wool, and Silk. Most vintage clothing prior to the 1940s will fall into any of these four main fabric families.

You can always describe a fabric as “cotton feel”, “linen feel”, “silk feel”, or “wool feel” if you’re not sure yet. I have done this for a lot of fabric descriptions especially if I think it may be a man made/synthetic blend with a natural fiber.

In the 20th century so many new man made fabrics were created, the most prominent being rayon (also known as viscose) and polyester.

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1920s Costume Jewelry in Photos

I have recently come across a rather sizable amount of 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s jewelry. Vintage costume jewelry is not something I know a lot about but because I will be selling a lot more of it soon, I figured I should learn as much as I can.

My first point of reference when learning anything about vintage is to consult catalogs, advertisements, and photographs. So I wanted to compile some vintage photos from the 1920s showing women and the jewelry they wore.

Vintage 1920s Jewelry in pictures

Lots of pearls, beaded jewelry, crystal jewelry, and choker length necklaces. Women also wore long beaded necklaces (flapper necklaces) sometimes strung twice around the neck or just worn extra long.

1928 Jewelry advertisement

Some geometric inspired jewelry in the later 1920s (this is from 1928) which would coincide with the silhouettes that were becoming popular at that time too. Straight lines, smooth silhouettes, symmetrical shapes. // image source

1927-28 Jewelry

Festoon necklace advertisement from Sears Roebuck 1927/1928. I wish there were more ads for jewelry readily available to peruse the internet, but this is the only one I have found.

More posts soon digging deeper into the world of vintage costume jewelry!

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