Well, parasol medic really…
Remember this poor battered parasol I found on ebay?
No, not that TLC silly…
Here’s my second rescued baby:
Green! And that pretty tassel! And it has that cute little swivel thing going on when you open it- how could I walk away?
My first thought was to use some of the neutral coloured silk leftover from my chemise…but now I think I’ll use more of the bits leftover from my lovely wife’s wedding dress, as in the corset. The silk on the poor thing was totally perished, and produced horrible amounts of dirty dust as I dismembered it.
I took photos, notes, and measurements as I went along, and got it down to just one triangle to make a template from. The metallic lace, to my amazement, came away intact, so I’m washing it some lukewarm water, to then be dried flat on a towel. I’ve no idea how old this is, but I don’t want to take any chances with messing up the lace.
I intend to reassemble it pretty much as is, although I may use some of the silk chiffon from the weeding dress sleeves instead of the dupion to make the gathered fouff round the outside edge. The little fouufs inside the frame at the top, and the cute little pads of silk which protect the main fabric from the hinges on the struts seem to be more robust, and I’ve left them in.
I sneezed for two days after this! Have you ever rescued a parasol?