So to prove that I do more than sit around and think about old clothes all the time, here’s my month of April as seen on Instagram. I love violets. They always remind me of the walk between the houses of my great-aunts, Agnes, Mary, and Ethel, who all lived within hollering distance of each other. There was a small field in the middle of the walk which every spring produced the most glorious long-stemmed violets. I picked them by the hundreds.
I came across these fantastic skiing dolls in an antique mall in Asheville. I’d never seen anything like them, but according the Sarah at TinTrunkVintage they were likely made by Roldan, a Spanish company. Rexard and Klumpe made similar dolls. The detail on these is just fabulous.
A visit to my favorite independent booksellers made me realize that we may have enough books about Coco Chanel in the world.
I’ve been reading Banners of Silk, by Rosalind Laker, a novel of which a major character is couturier Charles F. Worth. It’s a bit melodramatic.
Here’s a bit of Scottie cuteness from my collection. This is the corner of a card table cloth.
I did manage a sewing project, which I’ll be sharing in a few days.
Based on the antique sewing diaries and personal fabric collections I’ve seen in museums, I decided to start my own sewing diary. I’m catching up with old projects.
This photo was taken at Elsewhere in Greensboro, which is a thrift store turned ongoing art project. The old clothes are now hanging from the ceiling. Nothing is for sale, no matter how much you beg.
I went to the Liberty Antiques Festival, a nice flea market that is held twice a year in a field. It is probably my all-time favorite shopping venue.
And last of all, here I am in my natural habitat, the vintage clothing store. A note about my hair: Bumble & Bumble’s curling shampoo really does work.