Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Whats on my Workdesk Wednesday.

The Doc has brought all my stash of material boxes down from the loft now and I have been going through each box of colours. Whilst revisiting my stash I realised that the saying 'Every picture tells a story ' applies equally as well to my materials so I thought I would share some of my memories with you on 'Whats on my Workdesk Wednesday'.

This piece of material is 55yrs old and is the bodice part of a dress my sister had. Mine was in (wait for it) Pink with identical smocking. Can anyone else remember the seersucker with a bobble thread woven through it. We loved those dresses. They had little peter pan collars to them. Our Nanna was a seamstress and made nearly all of our clothes when we were children. She had an old manual treadle singer sewing machine in the wrought iron . Our other Nan in Australia would send over a bolt of material as it was actually cheaper to be sent from there than bought in UK.

Here is a close up of the smocking . The colours are just as vivid even now all these yrs later.

For my needlework exams I remember that I had to work a sample of smocking along with showing how to do bound buttons holes as well as having to make a fully lined suit.

I am entering this into

Whats on my Workdesk Wedenesday


Sherry said...

I had to come for clues after your comment on my WOYWW post - LOL!

Now I know where you get your amazing talent from - your Nan ..... and your studying of course!

That smocked fabric is lovely, it must have brought back lovely memories. I'm far too young to remember any such fabric of course (fingers crossed behind my back as I type one handed - lol)

Unknown said...

I love smocking, we always had it on our best dresses! Your fabric is beautiful and what precious memories too!

Margreet said...

I can also remember that smocked dresses...but you saved them...too beautiful!
xxx Margreet

Faye said...

I loved reading this post. :)

Nicks said...

oh i remember with fondness those dresses!

KanataNewf said...

oh my what beautiful fabric!

Sheena #134

akilli melek said...

after finding it again, what are you going to do with it? lovely colours in it. caroline #16

Elizabeth said...

The smocking is gorgeous and I do remember seersucker too.I'm amazed you still have this after 55 years. Elizabeth #98

Morti said...

Oooh, lovely fabric and smocking - such a nice treasured memory. What are you going to turn it into?

karen said...

Beautiful fabric! Are you going to use it to make something?
Happy WOYWW!

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

I remember wearing smocked dresses when I was a little girl. Thanks for sharing your workspace. Best wishes, Kym xxx (WOYWW No 36)