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Blast from the past! "Rag and bone man is a British phrase for a junk dealer. Historically the phrase referred to an individual who would travel the streets of a city with a horsedrawn cart, and would collect old rags (for converting into fabric and paper), bones for making glue, scrap iron and other items, often trading them for other items of limited value.

from Barbara Franc

Shaggy Dog Tale

like the idea of using rags, bits of ripped, worn fabric - bits of frayed cloth, yellowing sheets, opaque tights etc etc

Keep pieces of their old clothes and turn them into a quilt. This would be great as a high school graduation present.

Walking dress, Worth, c1885. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Robe à la française, ca 1750’s England (London), Royal Ontario Museum

from Threading Through Time

Your Weekend Wow!

Tamboured net over lilac silk, trimmed with machine lace with sleeves and chemisette of tucked net, English, 1911.

MFA: Woman's dress in two parts French, about 1902 Designed by Jean-Philippe Worth, French, 1856–1926 For House of Worth, Paris, France Dimensions Bodice: 48.3 cm (19 in.); Skirt: CB 177.8 cm (70 in.) Other (skirt CB): 177.8 cm (70 in.) Medium or Technique Silk, voided velvet with satin ground; appliquéd and trimmed with chenille and rhinestones; machine-made lace. Gorgeous.

Elsa Schiaparelli 1890-1973 Italy - evening coat (back) late 1930s

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