Thursday, August 22, 2013
The Aunt Inez Dress Project: Interesting Bits and Challenges
LET THERE BE LIGHT:
As I inspected the dress further I was really confused as to why there were old snaps in the seams on both shoulders. The sleeves were partially sewn on and partially snapped on. I thought maybe this was to provided Aunt Inez with options, sleeved or sleeveless...but I just don't get the shoulder snaps:
Another challenge will be the smallest machine stitches I've ever seen on the side seams. The seams are French seams and I hope to take them apart...carefully...using my new Ikea light/Ipod contraption:
I previously posted a picture of the inner back label someone stuck on. I think in the end it was some sort of medical tape. It came off and left a gooey mess:
Finally I wanted to share the lovely hand stitching that was holding the hem up. Nothing is wrong with it other than the original (I'm assuming) black thread has faded to a brown-black colour. I find vintage and antique hand stitching somewhat sentimental. Someone ever so carefully stitched this hem and I'm picturing her in my head; the maid? the seamstress? the lady of the house? the mother for her daughter? Hands most likely long passed on...sigh...