A picture may paint a thousand words, but in this case it does not tell the entire story. What looks to be a very nice lingerie piece from the 1920s is actually a fairly well trashed bed jacket.
I pulled this piece from the bins at my Goodwill Outlet and was sad to see multiple holes and staining. When a piece, especially in silk, is in this type of condition there is nothing that can be done to restore it.
Still, I put it in my cart because the lace and ribbon were still good. I kept thinking I could even replace the silk to make a pretty little piece for myself. But that was about five years ago, and the thing has been hanging on a nicely padded hanger in my studio all this time.
I finally took it down to give it a good look and realized that even though it seems to be a complicated design, it is actually just a big rectangle with uneven edges, folded in half and a slit in the front for an opening. Putting the lace onto another piece of fabric would be a relatively easy task.
But for now it will hang a little while longer, until I finish up some other more pressing projects, like flannel pajamas. Yes, it is three days until the start of spring and I’m sewing cold weather pjs. I’m running a bit behind.
So, is this piece worth salvaging, or should I just enjoy it in all its Miss Haversham-like glory?
As a bonus, the bedjacket has a label, something you don’t always expect to see in a 1920s lingerie piece. Franklin Simon & Co. was a New York City department store that specialized in imported goods. In the 1920s, that pretty much meant France, not China.