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Black heeled boots with gold, Shoe-Icons, c. 1860-68
I am enamored with the darling heart detail on the bottom of these gorgeous boots.
Empress Heels, Shoe-Icons, 1869
I’ve been madly sewing along while my co-mod, Rachel, visited me, and I proudly have something to show for it.
Say hello to my loverly 18th century bodice pattern that is absolutely perfect in every way (and which I owe a great deal to Rachel)!
I am also nearly finished with my quilted petticoat - the pleats simply have to be sewn down to twill tape (which will also be the straps that tie it). I bought pre-quilted fabric since I have neither the time nor the inclination at present moment to hand quilt my own fabric. I was a bit concerned that there were no examples of simple, diamond-patterned quilted pettis, but I have found one in Costume in Detail as well as this girl’s petticoat (and now I’m convinced there are more) so I am well satisfied! The white panel at the top is to reduce the bulk and bunching of the quilted fabric around the waist. I’m quite happy with the pleating in front, but I’m really debating taking it out in back and rearranging so it lays nicer (although the bulky quilting makes the arrangement tough as it is). Sorry for the strange coloring, I couldn’t make it light enough in the room!
And finally and just for fun, take a look at my perfect new little 18th century shoes from Fugawee! In the future, I will close them with buckles but for now I am using some remnants of purple silk ribbon left over from my white 1861 ball gown. They are lovely and I just adore them.
And that is all! I hope I haven’t bored those of you who aren’t interested - if so, keep on scrolling! I promise I’m done with the personal costume photos for now and I shall get back to regular posting :)
White suede shoes, 1880s. From L Perchellet / Chaussures / Brevetées / 2 Place Vendôme / Entrée: 356 r. St. Honoré / Paris, these slippers with brass beadwork were made for “Mlle Sanford.” This probably indicates the donor’s mother, Ethel Sanford (1873-1924) who was born in Brussels.
In a handbook for sojourning, shopping and studying in Paris, dated 1907, Elizabeth Otis Williams writes: “Perchellet at 2 place Vendôme is a very good house for slippers.”
Gift of Gertrude Sanford Legendre in 1979
Pink silk faille shoes, late 19th century. Made by Gartrell / Rue St. Honoré No. 359 / Paris, these stylish boots are trimmed with lace and have embossed pewter buttons.
Gift of Gertrude Sanford Legendre in 1980
Visit these lovely shoes in person – they are currently on exhibit in Charleston Couture!
TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection. Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday
Evening shoes ca. 1900
From Shoe Icons