Monday, August 20, 2012
Vintage Baby Clothes, a Gift
So, you must hear the story! I have a great friend, Susan, who grew up in the upper midwest.
She now lives in Little Rock. Susan's best friend....her lifelong best friend, is Karen. They went to school together....and have maintained a very special friendship all these years. I say 'all these years' because all three of us are close in age. Chronologically, we are on 'the older side' but in our minds we are still quite young. On good days. Well, Karen has moved to Little Rock too! And, has joined our little monthly sewing/beading group. She fits in very nicely!!
Here's what I did: I soaked them in water and liquid OxyClean for four days. Not wringing at any time...just soaking, then rinsing well. This little christening dress and slip were dingy, but not awfully dirty...and came out just sparkling white...and SO SWEET!!! It is quite long, has beautiful lace, tiny tucks, and sweet little embroidered flowers here and there and also a full length slip too. So very precious!
After washing and ironing, it turned out to be a very soft peachy color, on the light side. And so very soft!! Just look at the floral applique and embroidery here on the lower front. And, the lace insert.....
just takes your breath!!! And, every stitch on this coat is by HAND!!!
Then, here is another view of the sleeves with the lace edges folded back over the ruffle....a whole lot of work on the sleeve's edge, for sure! And, of all the most wonderful work on this little coat...look at the button and the stitched button loops!!! All thread. There are three of the buttons and the loops which 'hide' behind the front placket of the little coat. OMG!!!