Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Heat of May Days.

Victorian corset cover @ buckingham pond

You know how you save outfits? I don't wear a lot of my vintage, or more precisely antique, clothing because I'm afraid sometimes (if it's in near-perfect condition) of tearing or staining it. So I don't know that I normally would have worn this top from my last post for weeks and maybe months, but we've had a heat wave in this last weekend of May (the same as three years ago, a summer that is particularly golden in memory. I remember especially this exact weekend being just this hot) and I had a day off from work, a new (to me) skirt and this newly mended little corset cover type thing. 

Victorian corset cover @ buckingham pond

Victorian corset cover @ buckingham pond

I didn't even worry about it too much while wearing it. I'm hard on my clothes. I try my best to be careful, but somehow I always end up with holes in everything from the toes of my stockings to the elbows of blouses and sweaters. My shoes are all hard-worn, scuffed toes, heels flopping off, so that there is a permanent rotation of shoes on the floor behind the driver's side seat in my car to go to the cobbler. I was careful today not to carry my bag on my shoulder too much, afraid the lace would tear, which is nice because I always think about those articles on how you shouldn't carry a bag a certain way because it will damage your shoulders or posture. 

Victorian corset cover @ buckingham pond
Top: Vintage/antique, Skirt: Vintage (thrifted, stained, oops), Shoes: J. Crew Cece Ballet Flat, Bag: Vintage (thrifted), Glasses: H&M (current season)

I'm starting to feel a little bit more distilled in my personal style. I'm getting better at loving things but leaving them behind not because I won't have occasion to wear it, but because it's not the kind of thing I'll feel myself in. 

Victorian corset cover @ buckingham pond

Victorian corset cover @ buckingham pond

Anyway, I love this little top. It's one of those things I couldn't believe I was lucky enough to find. So often I get this, I'm not sure what to call it exactly, a kind of vintage hoarder's envy? It seems like the big sellers who have been at it for ages have access to the best estates, or live in areas with less dealers in general, or just have a larger collection have lots of stuff like this. This was a dirty little rumpled up napkin of a top when I found it, but it soaked beautifully with almost no problems. It has that full front Edwardian thing happening, where without the proper corsets and such I don't exactly fill it out, but it keeps the whole thing breezy and easy in the humidity for which we were not prepared. 

Victorian corset cover @ buckingham pond

Victorian corset cover @ buckingham pond

Thanks to this guy for taking these pictures:

Boyfriend.

Because it's really hard by myself with a tripod <3 div="">

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?