Recently I asked a question on whether or not antiques should be worn which sparked a wonderful debate on the value we place on historic items. The popular opinion was that antiques were meant to be cherished. A month ago I was examining a heap of dirty fabric when I caught sight of an embroidered scallop. Recognizing the piece for what it was I bought the pile with the hopes that I might be able to rejuvenate it.
From that dusty pile I was not only able to restore the fabric to it’s original condition but, I was able to give the piece a new life. The gown is entirely hand stitched and I made sure that my best stitches went into attaching the antique net to the side panels of modern net.
The ball gown was worn to the Regency Society of Tennessee’s 2nd annual ball. The antique net is courtesy of a dodgy vendor at the local market and the swiss batiste was purchased from The Lace Cottage. I’m very thankful to the Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum for allowing me to take photos on their stunning ground and to my brilliant Mother for styling my hair!