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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Going Victorian




I've changed up my posting board a tad to show a new Victorian bodice that I found recently.




So often a beautiful garment like this goes into a drawer or closet to rarely see the light of day.




But this one has so many fabulous details to show off! That fancy lace, for instance. And that surprising collar with the black stitching.




These items are almost always in the smallest sizes. I estimate this size to be around a two or four at the most. And the condition tells me that it was put away in a chest for probably a hundred years. 




Who knows exactly whom it was being saved for. But now it's only for you and me to appreciate! I thought you might like to see the exquisite details up close. Like that interesting crepey cotton fabric.




And the lace inset sleeves.













We are back to brilliant autumn sunlight streaming into the middle of the house in the mornings.




So perfect for illuminating the textures of life. . . .


















Like this beautiful shoulder seam.





And the soft folds of the bodice.





It only leaves us to wonder and dream about another life so long ago,





 and to bring a little of its grace and charm into our own. 











These fall days are still so fine.
I hope it is the same for you. . . .

So nice that you had a moment to stop by!
I'll be getting back to you soon!

Jacqueline



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20 comments:

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

How lovely, Jacqueline...the detail is wonderful. The black is unusual and so pretty!

ANNE said...

What beautiful detail! Lovely!!

Katie Mansfield said...

So beautiful.

sweet violets said...

Exquisite details, so beautiful!! Yes, we are having very fine Autumn weather, the leaves are falling and the nights are crisp....feels so good!!

Pamela Gordon said...

That is such a beautiful blouse. I love the details and lace on it. I also have one that belonged to my great aunt and is 100 years old I'm sure. I keep it in the cedar hope chest but should take it out and photograph it sometime. I think it has beading on the bodice but I've forgotten. Your photos are lovely and soft. Enjoy the week. Pam

sarah said...

Gorgeous! If I had a blouse like that, I would wear it. :-)

Georgina Malcolm said...

As always your photos are lovely. But show us more of that interesting coat hanger please. Please?

Roosterhead Designs said...

Oh Jacqueline these photo's are gorgeous!
What a beautiful... "historic garment"! : )
Soo vintage and lovely; so much to look at.
Every fold and every section of lace - a story.
Thanks for sharing. I love the frame you used to
display it as well! Beautiful display w/the bird
accents~
I don't want to forget to mention those gorgeous dried
flowers with the soft Autumn hues too; lovely~
Karen O in CO

Bernideen said...

Thank you for sharing the wonderful piece and details regarding it. Very lovely!

Sarah said...

You are a master at finding these exquisite treasures. It is amazing that these delicate lacy garments have survived all these years. This one is full of charm.

Salmagundi said...

That blouse is really unusual especially with the black! Charming. Sally

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Simply stunning Jacqueline, Love the softness and the details on this gorgeous piece. The black french knots really make it unique. So wonderful to take out of the closet and enjoy. Thanks for sharing. Have a great fall day. xo

Pura Vida said...

Just beautiful. the roses are so pretty. I could look forever

Rose L said...

So lovely, soft and romantic. Makes me wonder who wore it and what things it saw!!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh that lovely piece is exquisite, Jaqueline! Thank you for sharing!

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Oooh what a yummy piece!! The black stitching is unusual, I wonder what the back story on that is??? I am always thrilled to see your framed still lifes, they are delightful.... so delightful I hung a frame last Winter, to copy you :-) When I see yours I realize I need to up my game:-)
Hugs!!

The Gilded Bloom said...

The antique lace on the dress bodice is exquisite and highlights the attention to detail we find in things from the past. So inspiring...

Lisa

Pat said...

Hi Jacqueline, Just had to send a little note. I'm always learning something from you. In fact, I mentioned you on a post I'm working on (draping a crocheted piece over a basket)! It should be published soon at bringingfrenchcountryhome.blogspot.com if you want to check it out. I live in Colorado and hope to visit Albuquerque one of these days.

Sea Cottage said...

What a treasure this blouse is. Thankfully it found its way into your care where it will be cherished forever. The petite frail bodice reveals how delicate it is. A delicate beauty.

The Charm of Home said...

What a gorgeous blouse! I would love to see that with the whole outfit it was worn with. Clothes of other times amaze me at the quality of their construction. So much work went into them. Just a fantastic find Jacqueline! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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