I’ve been out shopping again. Well, more than once, but over a period of time. I just haven’t had time to show you all the pretties.
This first photo has a few fun things. The pink apron is a vintage treasure from an antique shop. I bought it because I like the metallic ric rac trim and the needle lace on the hem and pocket. The chicken scratch on the waistband and hem is simple, but it’s a well-made piece. The green apron is a family treasure. It belonged to my great aunt Gracie, and my mother gave it to me just recently. I remember her wearing it when we came to visit. The tea towel is another antique shop find – I just liked it.
The pink apron is really lovely, and I have a few more detail photos.
I also found a few bits for table dressing. The plate came from a shopping trip with my Dad. He watched me dart into a corner booth that was thickly set with items, and fish it out from the back of a cupboard. “How did you even SEE that?” Heh. I’m developing an eye. Especially for pastel items that I want for my table. The pink milk glass vase and the blue milk glass piece both came from the same little shop. The vase just screams for peonies. Guess I’ll have to plant some.
Mom also gave me a length of crocheted lace. I’m sure it was from a pillowcase. So, at some point, I will sew it back ONTO a pillowcase. In fact, that has made me think that a lot of the crochet lace I see in antique shops is from pillowcases. I’m going to check with my measuring tape my next trip out. What do you think, would you like some instructions on sewing vintage trim onto cases? Or maybe even making fresh cases from scratch? Often, I think the best foil for a vintage modern quilt is old lace!
Now on to the last item. I found this pair of pillowslips that were never even started, let alone finished. they’re darling, and they are hemstitched to accept a crocheted edging of butterflies – their antennae are embroidered on the bottom edge.
I bought them thinking that I’d like to finish them, and hope they clean up nicely. The fabric is actually a very smooth cotton. Much better quality than is found in similar kits today. Unfortunately, it has proven harder that I anticipated to find the directions for that crochet border. I’d be willing to bet that the butterfly wings are pineapples. If you’ve seen this pattern, or have a copy of the instructions you’re willing to share – please, give me a shout!