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Pearl's Delight Jacket

vintage lace jacket

Close up view of vintage lace and satin ribbon embellished with glass and fresh water pearls; vintage MOP buttons and glass flowers.

Vest- August 1995
Line: Jacket, cream rayon skirt w/ cut out details, beret, vintage crochet gloves
Techniques: Machine sewn jacket with hand sewn laces; bead and button embellishment
Fabrics: Cotton fabric, moire lining; vintage cotton and silk laces; glass and fresh water pearls; vintage MOP buttons; glass flowers

My love of for lace, both machine and handmade started at an early age. I would have to credit my friend Jeri for contributing to my knowledge and love of this fine needlecraft. She introduced me to many antique stores and private vendors where I could find examples of the trims I loved so much. It took over 10 years to collect just the right pieces for this jacket.

The jacket base is a lovely dusty plum print with floral paisley motifs. I hand stitched down the lace pieces, some have ribbon woven through the edges. I machine stitched other sections of satin ribbon over the lace edges. The lace pieces are embellished with glass pearls from an old necklace of my grandmothers and fresh water pearls. I added in some vintage Mother of Pearl buttons from my collection along with roslyn colored glass flower beads.

The tam is made from a pattern in Virginia Avery's hat book. It is made from the same fabric as the jacket, covered in lace bits and satin ribbons.

The necklace I created for this jacket is "Heather on the Moors", using vintage and new glass beads. I carry a vintage crochet bag and pair of gloves when I wear this ensemble.

fabric jacket embellished with vintage lace fabric jacket embellished with vintage lace

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