At the risk of sounding like a broken record, sewing is progressing steadily, yet slowly, around these parts. So, lacking any finished projects, today I'm going to delight you with some exquisite 1920s lace collars gifted to me recently by two of my mum's lovely cousins. They used to belong to their grandmother (the equivalent of my great grandmother) who used to be a very well-to-do and stylish lady judging by these beauties. I believe the collars were intended to be sewn into dresses or blouses as a decorative yoke and indeed a couple of the ones below look like they were unpicked and salvaged from dresses.
I'll let the pictures speak for themselves (although they don't do the collars full justice), but just look at the level of detail that went into these collars - they're so intricate and delicate, I bet any woman would feel super feminine and special wearing one of these!
I was also generously gifted some gorgeous lace trims from the same decade and some fabric that I think is most probably from the 1930s.
I was left feeling overwhelmed and very emotional when I was handed down these family heirlooms...to think they've been carefully preserved for over 90 years! I will give them a good home of course, but I also hope I can do some of them justice. I'd love to have a go at drafting a suitable blouse or dress for a collar or two and I'd love to display the rest around the house maybe. But how would you do this without damaging them, even if they are in excellent condition for their age? If anyone has any advice about caring for such old items, I'd love to hear it!