Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Super-Heroes and Pretty Robes!

Hello lovelies!
Hope your week is going well.
I was just having a bit of a tidy in the bedroom this morning - thinking about dusting, although it didn't get that far - but I did give the photo at the side of my bed a bit of a wipe over.
Its the loveliest photo ever - its one of my own little Super-Heroes!

Those were special days, and 'for always' my boys will remain my little Super-Heroes - even though they are both in their twenties and head and shoulders above me!
This photo was taken one sunny morning on the way to Playgroup, it was Fancy Dress party of some kind - maybe end of the summer term. I was living on my own with the boys, money was - well - was very little, so I improvised and sewed a couple of felt Bats on their t-shirts and made a little Bat cape from some cheap lining fabric. They thought they were the 'bees knees' so that was okay. As I remember we had a great time.
We rumbled along, the three of us, for a time. Then I met the unique Hubby P - he too all alone, with two equally cheeky, funfilled little boys.
So the two became four, four bundles of high energy, racing. climbing, stress inducing little boys! I'm sure we spent a good percentage of our lives at the Accident and Emergency Dept of the local hospital!

But they were good days - I wouldn't swap them for the world!
I suppose I've been thinking about babies quite a lot the last couple of days (not that I'm Broody - Ohh Nooooooo! Gone are those days - I'm a realist now!).
I found these beautiful robes at the carboot sale. They were inn need of a good launder, but in such good order, and all for the princely sum of £2 each! ( after a bit of eyelash batting and haggling!)
It was a man selling them, and he mainly had rather nice vintage china, ornaments and whatnot on his stall, the robes were kind of bundled to one corner - not really his thing. He said they were from the fifties, but I think maybe the first one is from a little earlier, but then I'm no expert. I'm just thinking this because this first one is completely hand stitched - all of it, and its made from a simple fine plain cotton. Any ideas?

This bottom pic, shows the back neck, the neckline just has a edging of lace and is a draw string to adjust the size/fit and to close the garment.

I have tried here to show you the tiny dainty stitches used to attach the lace to the sleeve edging. ( don't look at my paint stained fingers! - so unlady like, as my Mother would say!)

It fastens around the waist with the long ties - makes babe all snug!

Just amazing the amount of work in one little garment.
Now this other robe is very decorative, possibly used as a Christening robe, really very lovely.

Made from a very fine lawn cotton, in excellent condition.

You can see the beautiful deep lacy border.

And its very long! I've hung it here - its hanging from a hook in my bedroom ceiling, its so long- I'm not sure where's best to display it. I'll have to play about with it a bit.
xx Anyway enough for now xx take care xx