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Arsenic and Old Lace


Okay, so there’s no Arsenic here (that was just a nod to one of my favorite movies!) but I definitely have some old lace in my possession now.



My Aunt had been collecting some gorgeous antique underclothes over the years and just gifted them to me recently when I was visiting her. What a lucky duck I am! I’m not entirely sure what years these pieces are from but, based on some of the styles, I’m sure they’re quite old. Most of the garments are underskirts, but there are also some bloomers and a beautiful chemise in there too.




I can’t get over all the amazing lace, eyelet, and pin tuck action going on here. It’s so romantic looking, isn’t it? It’s so beautiful I can’t imagine wearing any of it underneath something else! I’ll have to do some research and try to figure out what year they’re from. The skirts are all full length and moderately straight in silhouette like an Edwardian style.

Doing research and learning the history of  vintage clothing is probably my favorite part of owning it. Garments of the past have such a story to tell, don’t you think?


  • Wow! How beautiful! What a great gift!

  • Rachel Proffitt

    OOoh sew pretty! I am dying to make myself something like this! Such a precious gift!

  • Sew Exhausted

    It’s gorgeous!! And definitely very romantic. Eyelet has always been a favorite of mine- I made myself an eyelet dress for graduation way back in the 80’s. It had a ruffled neckline and wonderful leg of mutton sleeves. Oh how I wish I still had that dress! ~Laurie

  • I’ve always loved Arsenic and Old Lace – my high school drama department even performed it! These are gorgeous. I’m with you – the thought of covering these lovelies with other clothing is criminal!

  • Guest

    Oh wow–what an amazing gift from your aunt! 🙂 I have a few pieces of early 20th century lace and eyelet garments that I’ve unearthed over the years and treasure them. The details just astound me! 🙂

  • Rebecca Wagner

    Ahh lovely lace:) I just got gifted some vintage lace collars, but unsure what to do with them:)

  • Carlee McTavish

    Very pretty! I was just gifted a bunch of vintage sewing notions by my cousin and I wish I knew more about them.

  • Oh how pretty! I love the two with the horizontal pin tucks, especially that one where the eyelets almost look like little flowers on a curly vine… or at least that’s how my eyes see it. 🙂

    I love wondering about older garments and items! What lives did they live and what stories could they tell?

  • That blouse looks very Edwardian. That style was quite popular in the early 1900s-1920s. Having ridiculously frilly underwear is also very Edwardian. These are so lovely!