Hello dears! You would think that I had forgotten all about my Hope Chest series, and I almost left it, except I knew it deserved one last “final” post. I was originally planning on sharing some clothes that I had tucked away in my Hope Chest, but as I was getting them out, I found some treasures buried in the bottom of my trunk that were much more deserving of being the subject of the final post in my Hope Chest series. These my dears, are what I call the “beginnings” of everything I do now. There are old magazine pages, fashion plates, and even some fabric; and all of it reflects the beginning of the path of interests that have brought me to where I am now. Shall we take a look?
Isn’t the cover of this McCall’s magazine just gorgeous? Since it is from my Birthday month, July, I have decided that it shall be the topic of next month’s Magazine Monday! So I’ll leave the delights of peeking inside the magazine until later. Charlotte actually gave this to me as a gift a few birthdays ago, and it truly was the beginning of my vintage/antique magazine collection, along with a few other artifacts…
I bought these 1900s Delineator Fashion plates from an Antique Mall near us. They only cost me $1.00 each, and are from 1903, 1904 & 1905. I love the beautiful detailed drawings of the skirts, don’t you? On the other side of that page is another fashion plate like the other two, but the skirts were too cunning not to share.
This 1883 French Fashion plate was a gift from Jessica a few years ago. I used to love the fashions of the late 1800s, but as time has gone on, I have started to realize how… um… overloaded(?) the fashions were in that time period. Everything just looks so opulent. So many ruffles, tassels, fringes. I suppose it is all a bit too heavy for this classic-style-loving heart of mine. I will admit there are beauties of style in every era if you can find them, but I would definitely say the 1880s were not my favorite for fashion. I still love having this fashion plate as an artifact of fashions of the past. Speaking of fashions of the past, how about we go way back in the past?
I could not believe my eyes when I found these two 1803 Costume Parisien fashion plates! Once again they were in an Antique Mall, but someone obviously didn’t know that they were handling original, hand-colored fashion plates, because the price was right around $10.00. But at least I knew what they were and snatched them up immediately, despite their shabby frame. The back of the frame is removable, so if I ever find a method for properly storing and displaying my fashion plates, I will definitely be giving these ladies a new resting place.
This “fashion plate” was a gift from Jessica a few years ago when we were on a bit of a scrapbooking kick. I so LOVE the dress design that she drew. It not only combines my favorite colors (coral and blue), but it also reflects one of my favorite foreign fashion styles: Japanese Classic Lolita.
Now these two pieces are true “beginnings”. The log cabin square on the left, was the first and only one I ever made, when I was learning how to make a log cabin quilt. The doll on the right was the first doll I ever made. She was made out of a wooden bead, pipe cleaners, and parts of old Barbie doll dresses. She is quite worn and tattered now, but she was the beginning of what would come later on in my life.
The last treasures I am going to share with you today are these Tasha Tudor “A is for Annabelle” fabrics. Mom bought some of these for each of us girls when we were going through our phase of loving all things Tasha Tudor. Seriously, if you have never seen the delightful illustrations of A is for Annabelle, you must get the book. It is so delightfully pretty and classic and, and, Oh…
Anyways, These fabrics are destined to become some little girl’s quilt someday. Though I think it will be hard for me to do anything but admire these gorgeous fabrics when the time comes around.
Oh my goodness! This is the end of the last post in my Hope Chest series! Have you all enjoyed it? I have enjoyed having a reason to go back through and examine each piece in my trunk and remember where it came from and what part it has played or will play in my life.
What “vintage” treasures do you have in your Hope Chest?
Have you ever heard of Tasha Tudor’s A is for Annabelle?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer