Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Vintage Pretties

Wanted to share some  beautiful things that were made by my grandmother and passed down to me.  (She was born in 1899 in Italy and came to the US in 1906 via Ellis Island.) The handiwork  on these items is so wonderful and intricate. She made all of them ~ even the crocheted work. I can't imagine the countless hours that it took to make these lovelies.
When I was little, she made me some pretty dresses from scratch. She made the patterns too. My mom used to tell me how she would see something in a department store window, sketch it, then come home and make the pattern out of a paper bag. Guess I got her ability to do this from her :)


Here are some of the treasures I have...


I'm thinking this lace was purchased.











This one is my favorite...




I love this cloche hat.


Hope you enjoyed looking at these!

Pam

28 comments:

  1. These are true treasures Pam!

    My maternal grandmother designed and made patterns for most of my little dresses when I was a child. She cut the patterns from newspaper. My paternal grandmother was an artist with a crochet hook. Amazing women!

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  2. Pam, those are amazing!! What treasures to have!! Sewing I just love. That is something I definitely share with my mom and grandmother too. I have always loved just looking at something in a store or photo, then making it myself. Too bad girls don't learn to sew these days. I never have mastered crocheting or knitting though!

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  3. Everything is so pretty. I envy people that have talent like that. I know these things must mean the world to you.

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  4. Pam these are just beautiful! Your grandmother was very talented. Martina

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  5. Oh Pam, these are absolutely lovely....what a heritage! She was very ahead of her time...and yet so perfect for her own!! You'll always cherish these I'm sure, and thank you so much for sharing them with us. It's a picture of another time and place where lace and lovely were daily things...a time I wish was back.
    Blessings, Doni

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  6. Those are awesome keepsakes Pam.Lucky you to have them. I would wear that hat even today..So pretty.

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  7. Oh I want and love!!!!!! Thanks for linking!
    XO
    Kristin

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  8. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog today. I'm just discovering your now - It's beautiful!

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  9. Stunning! The detail is amazing and I love the way you display your family treasures.

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  10. Oh, these are museum type treasures. Be sure to store them in acid free tissue paper in a safe place such as a cedar chest away from heat and light. I sew and love to design. Mainly I handsmock baby dresses now and do embroidery work on them. Your granmother was very talented and it would be difficult to choose my favorite, but I think it is the white gown with the pink ribbon and of course, THE hat!!!

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  11. So beautifully feminine. I love the vintage white one with a sash of pink satin.

    Melissa

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  12. How lovely! Your grandmother certainly had a love for feminine and elegant clothing. They are indeed examples of a lost art. Thank you for sharing the pictures of your beautiful treasures.

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

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  13. LOVE THIS! Come on ova' and link up to my Linky Party! xoxokara


    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

    So delicate and BEAUTIFUL!

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  14. I really enjoyed looking at your Grandmother's treaures now yours. There is just nothing better than hand me downs from our family. I espeically love all the old clothing and the beautiful croquet gowns like yours just fabulous and love how you have them displayed.
    This was agreat show and tell on your part

    Janice

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  15. I am visiting from Wussup Wednesday, I love vintage clothes, these are just gorgeous, I am so thrilled to see so much lace and ruffles back in style. Beautiful, thank you for sharing!

    Carol

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  16. The details are amazing on these!! I love the pink one too, so very pretty. Happy VTT!

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  17. What amazing treasures, they are absulutely gorgeous. Lucky you.

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  18. I absolutely love your vintage lace stuff! So pretty!

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  19. How fortunate for you to have these exquisite pieces. Your grandmother did beautiful work. Molta bella e cara! Ciao!

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  20. Pam these are gorgeous! Love how you've displayed them on the dressform. Love the lace and ribbon. Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!
    hugs,
    Debra

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  21. These are wonderful! Thank you for sharing!
    Andrea

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  22. This still just STEALS MY HEART! Such Keepsakes! I love you blog! You just got yourself a New Follower :)

    Thank you for linking this up to Whassup Wednesday! Hope to see you this week at my
    Par-Taaaay!

    xoxokara
    I would SO LOVE to have you as a Follower too :)

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  23. You are so lucky to have these. I think the hat is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. oh, she was amazing!!! they are all gorgeous!

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  25. What absolute treasures...thank you for sharing them with us!

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