Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Antique Dorset Buttons

Over the last couple of months, as my business has been having a rejig, and I turn my attention to a new sphere of work, I have been busy sorting out my workroom, and finding all sorts of goodies.
In my antique button drawers I found some buttons which are now for sale over at my website.




Here are the best ones (Dorset buttons of course!):-


Selection of Dorset Wheels


Dorset Mites


Bird's Eyes


Cloth and Stitch Buttons (similar to Dorsets)


There are more on the website, along with other antique buttons which aren't Dorset buttons. And no doubt I will be adding more in the weeks to come...

Naomi x

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Dated 1841 Linen Shift

I have always been fascinated with antique underwear. Now I'm not entirely sure why, but I think examples like this early Victorian shift explain much. The minute stitches, the lightweight, handkerchief linen and the name and date of the wearer/maker... for a history lover, what's not to admire!?

Early 1840s Shift


The ‘plain sewing’ of this shift is awe inspiring. Tiny, tiny stitches, beautiful gathering/gauging of the fine fabric at the shoulders, the narrowest of seams. The shift is identical pattern wise, front and back. A drawstring casing runs right along the top of the horizontal neckline. Running through this is a very narrow linen tape. There are no side gores, but they are as you would expect, under arm gores. A narrow hem of 7/8″ or 2.1cm.

Details of 1841 Linen Chemise


There is a name and date to the front, ‘Maria E. Brewster’, and under that, ‘April 20 – 1841″.

Measurements – Length from Shoulder to Hem – 44″ or 111cm. Circumference at Hem – 69′ or 175cm.

Name/Date, Underarm Gores, Drawstring and Hem

I somehow managed to purchase my first item of 18th century lace this week, a wonderful 1745-60 lappet. I am so pleased with this twice over as I have been wanting to learn about lace, but oh my what a difficult subject. So to have pieces like that in my hands to study is a real bonus.

Naomi x