Last month I found this 1940s gray wool skirt suit at an indoor garage sale and haggled the vendor down to $10.00 (from $50.00) because of the condition issues. It was missing one of the crescent appliques and was decently soiled. But for $10.00 a restoration project made sense - so here it is!
First I trimmed about 2 inches off the hem of the skirt (which was stained anyway) for fabric to create the applique.
Next created a cardstock base to help the crescent to keep it's shape.
Some fabric glue maneuvering.
Lastly hand-sewed the applique to the appropriate area.
It's not perfect, but then again neither are the original two - now I just need to send it off to the dry-cleaner and put it in the store!
I should have taken a before photo because this dress was completely destroyed, shredded etc. I started restoring it last week, all by hand. Luckily the most of the flaws were near seams, and the ones that weren't I was able to patch with a few creative and historically viable solutions. As fate would have it, I came across a 20s-30s purple sequin heart applique about 1 hour before I found the dress (at a different antique store). I also had some old purple velvet ribbon I found at an antique store last year that worked perfectly along the back. All in all, it took about 10 hours and I think it looks absolutely beautiful - one of my favorite projects so far.
I come across lots of these jackets, but this is the first one I've ever purchased for my personal collection. Crisp cotton, handmade lace and very large blood stains on the shoulder. It doesn't look like it in the photos, but there was a lot of blood (mostly to the left shoulder & back). After 5 days of soaking, most of the blood came out - but I'm glad that it didn't allcome out, because it was part of the reason I purchased it in the first place - morbid I know. What a mystery ..!
Hi everyone - nice to meet you/reconnect! I've decided to consolidate and switch over from flickr and twitter; I will try to update and upload as much as I can here on the daily-ish happenings of Allen Company. Stock previews will be on posted on Sundays and thrift finds, trips, projects and other events posted during the week. Allen Company flickr and twitter will stay active for now, but not forever. Let me know if you have any questions or any suggestions. - Kristina