A couple of weeks ago I visited a fairly new boot sale to me which is open on Fridays. This particular one doesn't tend to have many stalls but this one morning because I was prepared to rummage a big heap on the floor, I found a few treasures. I unearthed a couple of Jean Muir dresses (cleaned and already sold!), some vintage 40s handbags and a couple of 50s dresses. One was in great condition, a cotton day dress and the other one was sadly well worn under the arms but had to be bought because of the label and quality-Miss Worth of London.
According to the Vintage Fashion Guild, Worth London Ltd and Miss Worth are descendants of The House of Worth, the grand French couture house founded by Charles Frederick Worth in 1858. The Worth name was bought by Sydney Massin, who founded Worth London Ltd and was open on Grosvenor Street, London until 1967.
Beacuase of the provenance, I had to ensure that I salvaged this wonderful piece to its former glory. The dress had a sleeveless fitted bodice with the skirt fanning out but on trying on the dress it was clear it could not be saved in its entirity.
So at the Vintage Fashion Fair on Sunday, the seamstress in residence there, the lovely Nanna at www.facebook.com/splendidstitchesclothes quoted me a price to alter the dress to a skirt and worked on it all day, making a completely new waistband, sewing the hem up, doing an invisible mend and putting in a new zip. She even put in the original label for me and it was ready for well before closing time:
It was hard work for her, as the material is silk and lined and she had to use silk thread to maintain a professional finish:
The original lining maintained, above and below, the exquisite print close up:
Above, the original Worth label-the dress now skirt is from the late 50s so is 50 years old!!
I adore the skirt and just want to get a patent black or white wide vintage belt to go with it. I've a lovely original 50s cotton blouse which will go with it nicely.
Cost wise after alterations, the skirt is about what you would pay on the High Street, but I've had the pleasure of finding and salvaging an original 50s piece which may or may not have been rescued from a huge heap on the boot sale floor.
What lengths would you go as far as to restore a vintage or modern item?