The gentle cycle


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1920s swiss dot lawn dress, 1900s chemise corset cover, 1910ish voile blouse (with original bone collar stays!), 1920s linen knickers, 1918ish lace tunic blouse.

All from the same junk shop. All my size and totally wearable. All under $20 (after some well played register haggling). A haul like this will never happen again.

yummy linen
These knickers are the one thing that Ginny had to needle me into to buying because I knew I'd never wear linen balloon kickers outside. Funnily enough, they're also the one thing I couldn't stop grinning about on the way home. I feel like Viola from Twelfth Night in them. Which, really, is priceless.

mended

I love the mending job on the chemise. Her tiny hand stitches have lasted so long, it's really such a gentle reminder that clothes don't have to be disposable and that a little patch can go a long way.

31 comments:

  1. Wow... these are just stunning.

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  2. Do you even know you have the very best blog, like. ever? uh huh, because you do!

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  3. Beautiful!

    I'd love to see photos of them on! :)

    <3

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  4. Lucky! Wow they are stunning! I think mending clothes and making things last is really a lovely part of people's attitudes in days gone by, and something I really associate with the whole recycling and non disposible attitude of vintage fashion. I love mending and caring for my vintage clothes! :)

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  5. oh my goodness. i think you live in an enchanted place. does Elmwood really exist? amazing.

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  6. Oh my...a summer happy chance meeting!

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  7. Yes, sadly this was my one bit of summer romance. Love at first sight, even.

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  8. oh goodness i love things even more when they've been mended; all that slightly imperfect stitching makes me feel closer to the garment and its history. why my etsy buyers don't see this is beyond me! :)

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  9. Beautiful timeless clothes. And how lucky to find them in a wearable size!

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  10. They are perfect... All starched and whiter than white!

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  11. Stunning! Such beautiful photographs too. I would buy them just to shoot pictures of them!

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  12. oh my gosh. $20?!! these are so so beautiful! i love them. you lucky gal!

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  13. Hearing that coming from you, Francesca, is the best compliment a girl could get. seriously!

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  14. these are just amazing! you're so lucky!

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  15. Oh my good golly--I sortta can't even find the right words for just how wonderful each and every piece is!!!! What incredible finds, you lucky duck! I bet you'll look absolutely lovely in each and every piece...that lawn dress is especially stealin' my little ol' heart!!! xx

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  16. These are so amazing- I would do anything to come across even one of these in a junk shop!

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  17. These are STUNNING!!! I hope you post some pics of yourself wearing them. They are each a work of art. :)

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  18. Oh, I'm so jealous, love these precious clothes!

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  19. You've GOT to tell us the "junk" shop you found these in!

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  20. After a lifetime of reading the Betsy-Tacy books and many others that detail the clothing I am soooo excited to actually SEE what they were talking about! Thank you for posting the pics as well as the descriptions! I always wondered what a swiss dot lawn dress was!!!!!! :-)

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  21. So pretty and delicate I love them.

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  22. You hit the junkstore jackpot!! My Lord, how lovely. That tunic blouse is making my heart hammer.

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  23. After rereading this, it may have a been a bit misleading... Less than $20 each, folks. Not total. Admittedly the chemise and the dress were under $10. I'm no miracle worker here!

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  24. *Gasp* I'm quite jealous right now!

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  25. so pretty i wanna eat 'em. lovely!!

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  26. Where,where is your "junk" shop? I know, I know, you can't tell. Sigh! Its better not to know...

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  27. ok ok ... so you've totally taken my breath away with these ... oh i dunno ... i can't even really find the right words to describe their beauty ... so feminine and romantic and loved ... the stitching on the sleeve reminds me of my grandmother's wedding dress ...
    you are a lucky girl ... and i am glad your mom is feeling better ... (so many posts to comment on!)
    over the moon delighted,
    prairiegirl

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