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Silk Flowers Museum, Hastings

Silk Flowers Museum, Hastings

Shirley Leaf & Petal Company Brenda Wilson welcomes you in her shop and then takes you to see the only working museum in the United Kingdom that still produces silk flowers. In the basement you discover beautiful victorian machines used to cut fabrics and shape...
Background tole work

Background tole work

Background tole work Paper tole work using a 1870 fashion print to be the background to the 1870s purple bustle dress. Original fashion plate Two layers and the third one being...
1936 silk velvet wedding dress

1936 silk velvet wedding dress

1936 silk velvet wedding dress The wedding dress of David’s great-aunt Marjorie at the Dressing for Church exhibition in Ripe village hall. A French magazine from 1936 showing a similar neckline. Marriage certificates of Marjorie Donaldson to Henry A Warran in the...
1867 wedding dress

1867 wedding dress

1867 wedding dress 1867 fashion print Antique silk satin and embroidered tulle Lone placing the pattern for best possible use of the antique silk satin. The pattern for the bodice is from Janet Arnold’s Patterns of fashion and the skirt pattern is from a 1867...
1875 ca evening gown

1875 ca evening gown

1875 ca evening gown Skirt front Skirt side Fitting the bodice Inserted dust ruffle Antique jet beads for the bodice Embroidered sleeve Silk velvet knotted bow Finished bodice Finished bodice back Finished side Finished back Undergarments including bloomers, a...
1880s bodice and skirt course

1880s bodice and skirt course

1880s-bodice-skirt Half scale bodice and skirt made during the “1880s sewing techniques” course, at the Historical School of Dresswith teacher and costumier Luca Castigliolo. Photos from the course by Viviane WeiAn Chen. Half scale pattern pieces Cutting the fabric...
Ugandan costumes

Ugandan costumes

Ugandan Costumes We had these traditional Ugandan costumes made by local seamstresses while volunteering there for the Quicken Trust in Kabubbu in Uganda. They did enjoy making these small outfits as they had never seen anything like them. Mushanana This is the...
1963 Margaret’s wedding gown

1963 Margaret’s wedding gown

1963 Margaret’s wedding gown Margaret and Richard Pedder on their wedding day, July the 13th Making paper pattern from original dress Toile and original dress Toile and dress back Toile being shown to Margaret Positioning the pattern pieces Marking with basting thread...
1954 McCall’s pattern

1954 McCall’s pattern

1954 McCall’s pattern 1954 McCall’s pattern 3113. Prior to 1952, patterns wore the name McCall without the S. Pattern on mannequin Preparing the toile Cutting 18 meters of lace Applying lace to bodice pieces Constructing the bodice Attaching flounces to the skirt...
1930s Knitted Wedding Dress

1930s Knitted Wedding Dress

1930s Knitted Wedding Dress Original 1930s knitting pattern Irene’s knitting samples Irene checking fit on mannequin Dress 3/4 finished Finished knitted dress (without slip) Dress on display with silk and lace slip, silk cumberband, rhinestone clips on the neckline,...
1890 Mode Illustrée wedding gown

1890 Mode Illustrée wedding gown

1890 Mode Illustrée wedding gown Mode Illustrée pattern 21st September 1890 Silk brocade and lace Finding the dress pattern amongst the others Skirt and train pattern First toile The toile shown at an exhibition Bodice cut in brocade Sewing the bodice on the hand...
1920s Phoenix evening dress

1920s Phoenix evening dress

1920s Phoenix evening dress Embroidery by Janet Timms Textiles used for inspiration and design Toile and design for embroidery Transfer to paper to mark on silk I’m an embroideress, always have been, and always will be. Embroidery was my very first passion. Even my...
Theatre costume and evening wear

Theatre costume and evening wear

Theatre costume and evening wear In spring 2010, we were asked by our friend Peter Waring if we could design and make the costumes for his play “A Suitable Disguise”. After the play ended, we were asked to show the costumes again, so we thought of putting together an...
Dressing for Church

Dressing for Church

Dressing for Church The exhibition showed some of the main outfits worn in church for special occasions, from finely embroidered christening gowns, silk and lace wedding dresses to richly decorated church vestments and somber mourning costumes. We also exhibited...

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