>Part 2a: repairs



I though my readers might like to go through this a little faster so I will try and post the dress/ slips and the repairs on the same day from now on.  If I have a reproduction ( my version of it) done on that item I will try and post it on the same-day too.  Otherwise you will have to wait on the reproductions.


This dress had the sleeves all torn and the button placket had a hole and there was a hole next to the button placket too.  Once again an ironing will do wonders for this.

>Part 1a: repairs



Once again it needs an ironing but it is repaired the repairs will look better after the items are steam pressed.  Hopefully you can tell that the sleeves are no longer falling off nor is the collar or cuffs on the sleeves and the holes are closed.  The button placket is all fixed and so on.  This is the repairs on the dress from  part 1.


>Part 3a: repaired



This dress is repaired and here is an unblurry photo of it. 

If you look close at the top photo at the bottom left of the photo you will notice one of the repairs on this dress.  It is L shaped.    Also if you look at the bottom photo there was a hole at the bottom of the button placket which is also repaired now.


 I have yet to iron these as I still have yet to find my iron from last years move.  Too much stuff still in storage. 

All repair posts will have the original post number such as this one was Part 3 and an letter to show sub class of that post.  All repairs posts will have the letter a, and all reproduction posts  will have the letter b  when I get around to making them.

>Part 3: 1940s baby dress pink/blue details & tatting



This little dress looks like it is made from a lot of pieces but upon inspection it is only really made from two that have some real cool  shapes to get this look.  There is one piece for the front and one for the back.  Sorry the first photo in this post is terrible I will take a new one and post it when I post the repair post so you can see it clearer.

This piece has tatting on the bottom hem so when I reproduce this one I will reproduce the tatting as well.

tatting on hem

There is an L shaped rip near the hem on this dress that needed to be repaired.

hole and tatted edging

I am using 100 % Cotton batiste for the fabric which I use to reproduce these I bought the last 2 1/2 yards the store had to do this.  I do not think it will be enough so I was glad yesterday when a nice reader just happen to tell of a site on the Internet to get it.  It is in yesterdays comments if any one is interested.  Most of the embroidery will be rayon thread except the first that one will have dmc cotton thread I wanted to use floche but the store was out of the colors I needed for that one

This is the only one that still had it’s original button attached to it.

button closure ( original button) neck detail

There is a hole at the bottom of this button placket.

whole at bottom of button placket

I have made patterns 4 out of the 6 little dresses and slips I am showing.  The last two are the hardest to pattern and this is one of those two the other was the first one I showed.  I have even gotten as far as making two of them up already.  Two slips that is which are easy because they didn’t have embroidery on them and only edgings.  But progress all the same and the dresses have all their repairs.

I love the little details that are all over this dress.
back yoke  and detail on seam

back button detailing

yoke shoulder detail

Front yoke detail

shoulder detail

Embroidery on center front  yoke faux  panel and near the hem on the same faux panel detail.

yoke detail

center front hem

Another item has been found a sheet that also belonged to my Mother in law when she was a little baby.  It is so adorable I will post pictures of it too at the end of all the dresses and slips.

>Part 2: 1940’s baby dress pink details



This dress is simple and sweet.  It is made from one piece of fabric folded over for the front and back.  Then there is the binding for the sleeves and neck/button placket.   It is amazing to me how sheer the fabric is and that so little damage was done to all of these dresses.  I mean think of 1 year old these days falling and playing and eating you would think these would have a ton more damage on them then they do such as ripped and  torn all over the hem, stained from food and grass and so on.

It has details of daisies around the neck and hem. 

yoke detail

I also love the detail of the little touch of pink at the neck to secure the folded over edge of the neck.

collar detail

As you can tell in the photos there is a picot crochet edging going around the bottom of the dress to finish the hem detailing.I love the simple little details of the pink going around the hem to match the collar.

third flower on hem1 of 3 flowers on hemsecond flower on hem
hem detail

The sleeves on this have received the most damage.

torn sleevetear on other sleeve

The other significant damage on this is at the center back at the bottom of the button placket.

tear at back on button placket.

>Part 1: 1940s baby dress pink/blue details



We have been gone for a while at two different family reunions.  I have seen more of the inside of a car than I care to think about lately.  At the last one some items were found that belonged to my mother-in-law when she was a baby.  There was 3 dresses and 3 slips.  I am repairing these and cleaning them for her.  I have already cleaned them and sewed on antique mother of pearl buttons when I realized I had not taken photos yet.  So this is already into the repair process.  I will not be showing how to do repairs just the before and after photos as I didn’t take any during the repairs.  Which I am almost done with now.  I also plan to sit down when I am done and make copies of these for my own use.  Might be fun to make patterns to sell from these if people are interested.  I will post one item a day except the last day.  So this will take 5 days to get through all of these.  I will in time show the copies I will make.  But I haven’t even started that yet.

yet more sleeve damage

more sleeve damage
damaged sleeve

The sleeves on this dress are almost not on this dress anymore.  they had so many busted seams.  The good thing is that it is just thread damage meaning the fabric was fine.  So easy to fix.

This is the detail of the collar and the yoke embroidery.  The stain on the pin tucks didn’t want to come out.  So it will stay of course.  all the embroidery on these dresses is hand done not machine made.  It is also executed very well.

yoke and collar

The collar is detailing from the garment as well.  I think the little tag someone put in is cute.

damaged collar

As I said I have already replaced the buttons on these because only one dress still had an original button all the rest had lost theirs.  So this does show the start of the repair on the button placket.  As you can see it is torn at the bottom of the placket which is an easy fix as well.  There is more damage than these photos show but you get the idea.

button closure and tear

>Blue China Doll


blue china doll 
The sweater is done except for the closures.  I will add them later this week. I have picked them out just don’t have the time to sit and sew them in place.  Top photo has the flash to bright.

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