I don’t know about you, but I am always amazed by the level of detail that went into some of the vintage linens that I find out there. Especially the baby dresses.
Last weekend I pulled out a small stack of linens that I needed to clean and iron before taking them in to Reclaiming Beautiful to sell. Most of them came from my picker, Sue. But a couple are pieces I found at garage sales last summer.
I’m no expert, so I hate to give advice knowing that there may be some of you out there who are really careful when it comes to laundering vintage pieces. But if you’re curious, I just soak mine in OxyClean for an hour or two, rinse thoroughly by hand, line dry and then press.
I’m guessing that this one was an undergarment rather than a dress just based on the simplicity of the top. But check out this beautiful detail …
I think that is tatting (although I’m not sure). If any of you know for sure, please leave a comment.
But can you imagine the hours that went into making that? It bums me out that someone put that much love into handcrafting this piece and yet it was going for peanuts at someone’s estate sale.
This next baby dress is nearly as light as tissue paper.
It’s a bit on the longish side, which makes me think maybe this one was a christening gown. It’s so incredibly delicate though. Maybe it was meant for a baby getting baptized in the middle of August in a tropical climate.
It certainly wouldn’t be warm enough for Minnesota except on the balmiest of days.
I can’t imagine actually putting this on a baby. Wouldn’t it be ruined in about 2 seconds flat?
What beautiful stitch work!
Even the back of the dress is beautiful with its tiny little pin tucks.
This last one is a bit shorter and little bit more sturdy.
Still, it seems far from being practical for a baby.
I wish I could think of a really fabulous and unique re-purposing idea for these beautiful pieces. I’ve seen a few great examples of people just hanging them on wall including this one from Miss Mustard Seed …
And this one from Cedar Hill Farmhouse …
But aside from that I can’t really think of another fabulous use for them, how about you?