Well those little embroidered motifs are distracting me nicely from my train of thought…naughty things!
They have caused a fair bit of ooh-ing and ah-ing on Historical Sewing Monthly, but no additional info yet. Mind you, one lady says she has a set of 6 in a different colourway, but she hasn’t been back on since to go into more detail. Two people have asked me to digitise/scan/otherwise record the design for posterity. Not quite sure how though, I don’t have an embroidery machine with its attendant digitising programmes…
I’ve sent emails to Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, and the Royal College of Needlework, asking for any tips.
I’ve done some googling, but I’m no research scholar, and quickly get bored. I did look at the Antique Pattern Library and noticed that several books of embroidery designs, first published in 1900, were still being re-printed [and presumably used] in the 1930s. Lots of flowers of course, some very realistic, some more stylised, some practically abstract. Quite a range.
If none of the historical experts tell me otherwise, I’m spreading my pattern-hunting wings between 1900 and 1939, and have had a few ideas and suggestions, which I’ve plonked onto a Pinterest board.
I still like the idea of a coat, but cocoon style doesn’t suit me, and I think 4 motifs would be lost in the voluminous folds- something jacket length might work though:
Like the dark jacket here…the patterns aren’t mirrored though, all four are identical, so perhaps I should embrace asymmetry?
How about this skirt, mock buttoned all down the side, with the motifs going from waist to hem, alongside?
I also like this, with the motifs on the points of the tunic?
Anyway, no rush, they’ve waited nearly 80 years to be used, a little longer won’t hurt!
Meanwhile, back to my tail bodice: the pleats are finally set, now to tidy them up inside, and get the buttonholes done. Then some trimming!