Hi readers! I recently dove into my sewing ‘collection”, and pulled out some long-stashed stuff that was purchased just because it was so pretty and so old — a treasure to fashion history afficionados; at the very least, something interesting.
I wonder who was the wearer of this jabot, or should it be called a detachable collar? Did the owner wear it often or did she let it languish alone (considering the netting survived this long)? The seller said it was from the 1920s, but could it be earlier? I’d like to believe the seller, and I’m calling it an antique in the title because it is 100 years old — ok, almost 100.
It’s made from cotton netting, with embroidery running along the front and around the neck. I love embroidery on netting. As I stare at it, the scallops down the front tell me that it may be made with a length of ready made netting lace. What do you think? The front snaps are tiny; and the neckline measures just 13 inches all around. This is where I thought that the piece may have belonged to a child. Or…. women in the 1920s must have had very thin necks; or….it may have belonged to a very small, skinny lady.
Note the wavy wire stay at the sides of the neck; cool trick to make those flimsy lace and netting stand-up collars stay up. Also note the “entreduex” at the seams; “entredeux” is a trim with holes.
It wasn’t too discolored but I think I might have scorched it a bit, while trying to iron it out. My bad. But I want to preserve it, so I’ll put this question to you: should it be framed for display? Is dunking in laundry bleach a good idea? Is it really from the 20s? If it can be authenticated, I may as well donate it to a museum, although I’m not sure they would accept anything that was not pristine.
See below to see a bonus I found in the same bag, forgotten all these years. A silk handkerchief with exquisite embroidery. I’m amazed at the hemstitching!! Since this is a silk handkerchief, I’m assuming it wasn’t ever used for wiping away tears or a nose; maybe just for adornment and flirting.
I have a few more “vintage” things which I’ll share with you in other posts, and see what you think of them, and what I should do with them.
For my snowbound readers, spring is just around the corner. Stay warm!