My girls have had a couple of years when they were not so interested in dressing up at Granny Camp anymore, and so I thought those fun days were over. So when I got the query, "Do you have any white dresses we can wear Gramma?" you can imagine that I was pleased.
We tried a couple of frilly things that they had never seen before to check the fit, and the girls were enchanted! Just what was needed for an impromptu bubble blowing session! As much as we enjoyed the old tea parties on the lawn, the festivities have taken a livelier turn for now.
Emma's outfit is an antique camisole worn as a blouse with a cotton slip that has a hand tatted hem.
The details of vintage clothing are wonderful, of course, with the delicate laces, gathers, ruffles and pin-tucks.
We discovered some details when taking the pictures that we didn't even realize were there, like these beautiful personal monogrammed initials on the bodice. Such a refined touch!
Victorian clothing is often found in very small sizes. Emma is very slender, yet the waist of the bodice was still too small. We adapted the fit with a sash tied in the middle.
The garment was without doubt made to the exact measurements of it's original owner.
The craftsmanship is truly impressive, and I love having a few hand made things always hanging in the guest room.
Daisy's dress is an antique net fabric with adorable ruffles on the skirt and sleeves. (I guess she always packs her tiara when she travels. Haha!) I fished out an old cotton nightgown for her to wear underneath. Besides always looking for things for the Cabin & Cottage shop, I'm sure I will always collect pretty old vintage clothes in white when I find them at a good price.
I love the sweet lace ruffles at the sleeve.
The dress has a lovely pleated cummerbund that doesn't show well here. But it looks especially lovely hanging sheer from a hanger.
Daisy says she would love to wear it as a wedding dress someday.
That's a softball she is getting ready to toss for now!
The girls have been dressing up with me for a long time now. Here is a link to a post of these little girls in white dresses from a half a dozen years ago.
Hope you're having some fun times too!
So nice that you stopped by!
Happy summer days!