Thursday, July 11, 2013

Vintage Lace…To cut or NOT to cut!

I found some vintage lace that’s too beautiful to cut!

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When I made the pillow on my bed with some wide vintage lace, it was already cut by someone else. (it still had some silky fabric attached to it, that I trimmed off)

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So when I saw these at the thrift store, I thought of all of the wonderful lace.

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But there’s no way I would cut any of these.

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Well, except for this one. I love the color of this one but it is ‘worn’ so I will put it in my vintage lace stash.

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This is my favorite one. It has a matching gown, too!

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I actually found these at 2 different thrift stores last week. Hospice Thrift had $1 day so I thought that was a great deal. (a couple were even less)

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I’m joining Thrifty Things Friday!

Also Katherine’s Corner,

Ivy and Elephants

and Jann for Share Your Cup !

Would you cut them?

I feel the same way about old quilts.

I just can’t do it!

45 comments:

cucki said...

aww super sweet old lace..i love them so much.
and old quilts are THE BEST x

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I know what you mean -- it's hard to put scissors to something so lovely. I guess you have to think about what you would do with it if you left it whole, or if you repurposed it, and go from there! (I know that wasn't much help!) Maybe you should wear them!

Cranberry Morning said...

What a dilemma! I had the same problem when I bought a couple wool sweaters at the thrift store. I had purchased them with felting projects in mind. When I got them home, I simply couldn't cut them up. It seemed so wasteful!

The laces are pretty, aren't they. :-)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

They are beautiful Diane. I can see why you would not want to cut them!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

I love lace!! Your dresses are lovely!! Do you have granddaughters who would LOVE to wear them? Your pillow cases are beautiful!! Was probably once a table cloth? So much time went in to crocheting those cases. Great find!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I wouldn't cut them, either.

Susan said...

Beautiful lace--I'm glad someone who appreciates the work bought them, XOXO

Vee said...

No. I wouldn't cut them. If I were you, I'd wear them! You'd look like an angel. =D

Cheryl @ TFD said...

So lacey and feminine looking...I love them! I'd sure hate to cut them up, too.

Kathy said...

Simply beautiful! I would not be able to cut them unless it was for a VERY special project. I love the type of trim that is around the sleeves on the little bed jacket. Great score!!

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

Oh, that bed jacket, how beautiful!! I never thought to go to the thrift and buy for the lace! Great idea,
you're so inspirational!

ImSoVintage said...

These are so pretty, Diane. Always a dilemma whether to cut or not. xo Laura

boopnut said...

I couldn't cut it. If they fit, I would feel like Loretta Young! (showing my age)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

They are so pretty and remind me of another time when women wore such gorgeous frilly things to bed! Not sure I could cut them at all or for sure not yet!

hugs,
Linda

Diane said...

Love that last photo! Gorgeous!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

How lucky to find all that beautiful lace!!

Linda Walker said...

I would SO be wearing those!!! They are beautiful! Don't cut!!!! Can't believe you got those for a dollar or less....I have got to go thrifting!
Linda
sewwhat!

Jeanne Baney said...

I'm ruthless these days! If I can't wear it, I would repurpose it. Even quilts. If it's too badly worn to use, repurposing the parts that are still good is actually saving the work! But I do feel your pain!

Donna said...

Just gorgeous!

Susie said...

I love the lacy things you bought...yes, it would be hard to just cut them up...but then you are very talented, you could make something sweeter.xoxo,Susie

Crafty in the Med said...

My goodness what fabulous finds!!! I'm afraid like yourself I just couldn't bring myself to cutting up any of those lovely garments.
Such beautiful lace!

I do understand your predicament though....what to do???

keep well

Amanda :-)

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Those are so pretty. I'd enjoy them for awhile and then cut them up and use them. Fab finds!
Enjoy your day sweetie! xo

Musings from Kim K. said...

They are beautiful, Diane. Enjoy them on your pretty hangers and then get gutsy and enjoy them another way!

debra @ HOMESPUN said...

Lovely..I agree..it would be hard to cut them up ! Better as display pieces in themselves or something! :)

Ivy and Elephants said...

LOL, I thought I was the only one! I buy things to use as scrap, but just can't do it! I agree, these are just too pretty to cut!
Hugs,
Patti

pembrokeshire lass said...

W hat wonderful finds. Some of those are really lovely....and at such a good price! I would have a job to cut them as well. I'm really not sure I could do it. Ah well!! Joan

It's Just Dottie said...

I love vintage too. Something so fragile about it. I sometime cut but only if my heart tells me it is ok.
Smiles, Dottie

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

They're all so pretty and would be beautiful on display. I might give myself permission to alter them if the right inspiration came along.

Chatty Crone said...

Hello - those are so pretty - but what will you do with them - I am just try to imagine . . . sandie

Introverted Art said...

I wouldn't have the courage to cut that beauty either

Bev Carter said...

They are so lovely, it would be hard to cut them. I have a few pieces that I won't cut. You found some gems.
Have a wonderful weekend
Bev
@ Eclectic Red Barn

Debbiedoos said...

I adore old Vintage lace. Your scores are so pretty! Hope you are enjoying your summer.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Oh my those are gorgeous! Are they "wearable"?? I sure would NOT cut them up -- that would be tragic! Can't wait to see what you have planned for them.

20 North Ora said...

Beautiful find! I'd just hang them on some pretty padded hangers and hang them in the bedroom. I agree - they are too pretty to cut up.

Judy

Robyn@SimplyMe1970 said...

Oh no! I wouldn't cut them either, well accept for that one but the others are just too beautiful! I can't believe you found these at a thrift shop. I have a few shops here in town but never find anything nice like this..

Danice said...

Well, they are really beautiful. I probably would not have the heart to cut them, although it would be OK if you did. Decisions, decisions, lol! What great prices you got them at, too :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a great find, I am always buying old wedding dresses "To use the fabric" but, I never can lol!

Carol

Stephanie said...

Oh how lovely and they are perfect for putting out on display :) And the pillow on your bed is stunning!

Have a lovely weekend. Hugs!

cynthia lee designs said...

Don't know if I could cut them or not. Maybe if I had a great project for them I could. Can't wait to see what you do.
hugs,
Cindy

sandy said...

Lovely lace! It IS hard to cut up things sometimes. But if you will be turning it into something even better then you should feel good about it! You're renewing it! Have a wonderful weekend!

Trace4J said...

Beautiful.
I could not cut either.
Woolie Hugs

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Truly beautiful pieces of lace gowns.. I would never cut them either.. I hope you are enjoying your Summer down there in the South. Hugs judy

Clara / Rosewalk Cottage said...

Your vintage lace is so pretty and I would have trouble cutting it up myself. I need to get mine washed, sorted and ironed. Oh I remember now. I did cut up a vintage petticoat to make doll clothes. They are in an old post of mine. I now wish I hadn't cut it up. I was here earlier today and thought I left a comment. Senior moment.
~Clara

Jann Olson said...

They are beautiful Diane. I think they would look lovely hanging on a pretty hanger out for display. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Jennelise said...

How beautiful! I would keep them too :)
Jennelise