Thursday, December 4, 2008

1880-90s Parasol

My sewing machine is in the shop and my printer is out of ink and can't print Christmas cards, so I am trying to find ways to amuse myself. I have cut out nearly every project I can think of, and I baked yesterday, so today maybe I will just have to enjoy hot cocoa in front of the fire while watching an old-fashioned musical!

My mom did find me this lovely parasol for a steal in the back of an antique store a few weeks back:
According to the Parasol Queen and expert Marta Vincent, it is from the 1880s or 1890s. The frilly inside of the parasol indicates it is from the later Victorian period. The outer fabric is a beautiful black silk moire taffeta. Why can't I find fabric like that today?
Unfortunately, the silk is splitting in some places from age, but it is still a stunning piece for my collection. I love these old fashion pieces and I am so blessed to be in a family that collects and values antiques!
Once I get my sewing machine back from servicing, the project list includes:
An 1850's men's dress shirt
A shawl collar silk vest
Modern dresses for me (more to come in another post!)
Have a splendid December day!


Brooke W. said...

Your parasol is very cool!!
I can't wait to see the rest of your sewing projects! :D the SA.

Lauren said...

That is gorgeous, so pretty!