Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Reveal

Project 3, part 5 – Buttons and an Art Nouveau Photoshoot (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 here) Welcome back to the finale of the Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration project! This project has been so much fun, and honestly I’m a little sorry it’s over. Taking an antique textile from stained and rippedContinue reading “Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Reveal”

Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Cleaning (Stage 2)

Project 3, part 4 – Cleaner, but Still With Missing Buttons! (Part 1, part 2, part 3 here) Welcome back to the Victorian Era nightgown restoration project! A few days ago my order of Vintage Textile Soak arrived, so I was excited to see how it would work. The instructions said that items could soakContinue reading “Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Cleaning (Stage 2)”

Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Cleaning (Stage 1)

Project 3, part 3 – Cleaning is Harder Than I Thought (Part 1, part 2 here) In my head, this was going to be the easiest part of this project – just dunk my garment in water, and all my problems would dissolve away! I’ve had to clean stains out of modern garments, and IContinue reading “Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Cleaning (Stage 1)”

Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Mending

Project 3, part 2 – Sail Stitching and How Things Get Misidentified (Part 1 here) Welcome back to the Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration project! The first step for me after assessing the state of my nightgown was to mend any rips or holes. Historian Ruth Goodman, in her excellent book How to Be a Victorian,Continue reading “Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Mending”

Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Beginning

Project 3, part 1 – Meet the Nightgown and the Victorian Era Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! Today marks the beginning of a new project; the restoration of a Victorian Era nightgown. I adore the Victorian Era; it was a fascinating and complex time worldwide. In the history of the United Kingdom it isContinue reading “Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Beginning”

Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Reveal

Project 1, part 5 – Revealing the Finished Kimono and Sharing Final Thoughts (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 here) Welcome back to the Meiji Kimono Restoration project! Today I’d like to share with you a bit about the obi I chose for the ensemble, along with my final thoughts on the projectContinue reading “Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Reveal”

Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Finishing

Project 1, part 4 – Finishing the Mending and Previewing an Obi (part 1, part 2, part 3 here) Welcome back to the Meiji Kimono Restoration project! I’ve finally finished up all the mending – huzzah! When I sat down I thought “oh, there’s not much more to do,” but in reality it was anotherContinue reading “Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Finishing”

Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Mending

Project 1, part 3 – Pinning, Mending, and Musing (part 1, part 2 here) I’m back for part 3 of the Meiji Era kimono restoration project to cover the actual mending process! I spent approximately 1 hour pinning things into place in advance of sewing – I’ve found that I am far more excited toContinue reading “Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Mending”

Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Materials

Project 1, part 2 – the Materials and Plan (part 1 here) Welcome back to the Meiji Era kimono restoration project! Today in part 2 I wanted to share the materials I’ve obtained to complete the restoration. I already have plenty of thread; I have some vintage green and red cotton threads in the rightContinue reading “Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Materials”

Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Beginning

Project 1, part 1 – Origin Story and Starting Point My first project to share with you all is the restoration of this beautiful green Meiji Era irotomesode kimono. Restoration means different things to different people, and honestly means different things to me depending on the item in question. In this case, my aim isContinue reading “Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Beginning”