A Beautiful Patched & Darned Antique French Corset
This antique French corset has been covered in tiny patches and darns, it must have been a treasured garment owned by a woman who wasn't able to replace it, so kept it in shape through mending. I am not sure how old it is, maybe dating to about 1900. The boning is made from horn. This came from a disused French rag store, so it wasn't even thrown away at the end of its life, but sent to the rag man. I adore it, and am starting a small collection of patched and darned antique garments; with our society's entrenched throwaway, shopaholic values, this kind of garment and its cultural resonances fascinate me.
I am an obsessive textile addict, funding my 'habit' by unwillingly selling some of the beautiful antique and vintage textiles that I come across. As well as private sales, you can find me on ebay under the name vanye90, or see my ebay shop, Morgaine Le Fay Antique Textiles. A web site may be on the cards soon...
I sell mostly French textiles, but also come across English and European pieces from time to time. I enjoy ferreting out all sorts of interesting items, for example, 19th century French cottons & linens, huge chateau curtains, 18th century silks and embroideries, 16th and 17th century lace (occaisionally, when I can bear to part with them), fine linens, haberdashery as well as unused and pre-used antique and vintage fabrics such as florals, tickings, hemp runners, silks etc for projects such as cushions or pillows, framing, drapes, whatever your imagination can think of!
My new blog, Interesting Antique Textiles will discuss some of my more obscure, strange and often quite damaged textile finds with the hope that people may want to join in the discussions, and make some suggestions about the pieces based on their own experiences and textile knowledge!