Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ribbon Replacement.

Yeah, I know, I didn't write anything for here for like two months. I don't know, it just happened? 

Anyway, I've still been working on some of the things from the last post--that washing pile turned into a giant mending pile (as they do) and I'm back to a schedule of trying to mend at least one item a night while I watch Dancing with the Stars (I miss Derek, sorry, the seasons are just not the same if he's not competing) before bed. 

One of the trickier things are the older, Edwardian or Victorian clothes, not just because they're pretty delicate and require mendings that are teeny tiny, but because a lot of the bits need replacing. Like the ribbons. They seem to rot first, before any of the rest of a garment, and finding new ones that are the right colors and consistency is kind of a pain. 

Replacing ribbons

Replacing ribbons


Replacing ribbons

There is a lack of nice fabric stores around here. We have the usual Joanne's, and it's lovely, but I often can't find exactly what I'm looking for since what I'm looking for tends to be a bit more niche or maybe (at the risk of sounding like a terribly snob) high-end? I needed a silk ribbon, in order for the bow to flop nicely without being overly shiny. I don't want a ribbon that holds a shape, but rather one that sort of drapes and falls in a sort of Romantically Bedraggeled way without actually being in shreds. So, silk. 

There is nowhere near to buy silk ribbon, for example, in the shades and size I need. I ended up finding what I wanted on Etsy, of course, so now it's just a matter of time deciding what colors!

Replacing ribbons

Replacing ribbons

I ended up with this blush pink first, since it's a fairly close match to the original although I might even prefer this shade--it's a tad more neutral. A few of the pieces I've got that have rotted ribbons are yellow, so I might order that next, although I'm envisioning a nice dove grey or blue would be pretty?

Replacing ribbons

It's an odd task, sort of tedious, so I tie a little needle on to the end of the ribbon so I might string it through the lace in under 20 minutes. 

Replacing ribbons

And there! This is one of those tasks that takes no time at all, but getting there I drag my feet. Maybe by the time I make another post I'll be actually wearing this one?

3 comments:

  1. This is the perfect post for my morning of sipping cooling-off coffee angrily at my work desk: a detailed post about a bit of minutiae that is interesting and absorbing but not too Important, accompanied by pretty photos of pretty clothes, and with a satisfying ending. Thank you for posting it; I mean it. I vote dove grey!

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  2. This is gorgeous. Such pretty details! I love the blush pink ribbon!

    Janelle x
    http://www.roseryapparel.com/blog/

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  3. You should pick up some bodkins. Either plastic or metal "needles", perfect for this job. The ones that I use are from little kid needlepoint kits. But they're very useful -- it's the kind of tool that is a) thankfully small and b) you'll use all the time when you actually own it.

    They're also good for weaving ribbons in hair :-)

    -- Tegan

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