March 12, 2013

July 10, 2008 Fun finds

Filed under: ◦Vintage — sharon @ 2:28 pm

One of the things I like best about the vintage fabric/linens business is when I find things that are unusual. And when they are both unusual and of superior quality, that’s the most fun of all.
Here’s a close-up of the embroidery work on a pair of vintage pillowcases I just found.
French knots
The flowers are all done in tightly-packed French knots…, more stitches than you could possibly count. What a wonderful contoured effect is created with the gradually shaded colors of these flowers.
And speaking of French, another superior find from this week is this lingerie!
Callot Soeurs lingerie
The finest 1920’s era lingerie I’ve ever seen; the more I examined it, the more I was amazed. Every stitch is done by hand, the lace is exquisite, the silk smooth and supple. There are embroidered monograms on some of the pieces.
Callot Soeurs label
And one piece has a label, which sent me on a journey of discovery. No wonder I was impressed; apparently all of high society of the time were as well. And it seems that now virtually every piece by the sisters Callot is in a museum somewhere!

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