I am in rather a quandary at the moment. One of my forthcoming fairs is the Manchester Antique textile fair on the 6th of March and although I do have some wonderful textiles to take I am trying to decide whether or not to sell a couple of my special pieces.
I have owned this beautiful crazy patchwork dressing gown for twenty odd years. I originally bought it when I was a Student Nurse back in the 80's. It came from an antique shop that sadly closed many years ago and I remember spending the last of my wages on it meaning I couldn't eat for the rest of the week!!
It really is beautifully made and dates to around the 1920's. Unfortunately some of the old silks have perished but the panels that do remain are in the most beautiful and vibrant colours considering their age. It is lined with green crepe.
I just display it on a mannequin although I have worn it (in my thinner days!!).
Herein lies the problem...can I bear to part with it now?
This is the next one to give me a headache! A beautiful Chinese hand embroidered jacket again dating to the 1920's.
The detail and embroidery are exquisite and must have taken hours.
It is in such fantastic condition for it's age.
The main body of the jacket is in this beautiful blue with embroidered images to die for. I bought this again years ago when I was at University (Student Loan comes in very handy!!). It came from a vintage clothing shop in Exeter.
I absolutely adore this jacket but unfortunately don't go anywhere special very often where I can wear it.
When I graduated I wore the jacket with this original 1920's dress that is sadly too delicate to wear now. I am really struggling trying to decide whether I should sell these two very special pieces from my own collection....on the one hand I have enjoyed them for many years and perhaps it is time to pass them on, or should I still keep them and enjoy them?? Herein lies the quandary.... I suppose that is the problem with being a collector first and foremost. Have a great week everyone.