On the mermaid tee, I took the front and then made sleeves and a back for the mermaid from a pair of striped pajama bottoms that no longer fit me. They'll be nice and casual for the Summer.
In my parent's old house, they had a finished basement that displayed all of their collections. But since we moved into a smaller house with no basement, we lost all that area. So the plan was to build the new garage for my Dad's cars, and use the garage attached to the house as a display area for all of the things that use to be displayed in the basement of the old house. Now the new garage is done and we are finally able to unpack the things that have been boxed up for a year since we moved (it has been exactly a year, we started moving the day after memorial day last year) So here are a few photos of some pieces from my Mom's collection of Victorian clothing and children's clothing. These are just some quick photos, I'll have to do some detailed photos later. The wardrobe came from a houseclenaout and is great for displaying with two areas for hanging items and several drawers. This will be set up like this all the time to show off the items. Click those tiny images for larger views!
Below is another shot of the wardrobe and a few Victorian bodices. Next are some snaps of a favorite piece that my Mom bought 20 years ago at a car show. I shoed pictures of this gown once before, several years ago. It's a 1900s mesh gown with fabulous lace, beading and strips of velvet. Not in the greatest condition, the silk lining has shreaded and fallen out of it and the velvet is yellowed and a little tattered in areas. I have a 1940s slip under it, which shows along the neckline in the close-up, so ignore that. I stuffed my little mannequin's boobs and behind to give her more of the proper lady shape for the style of dress.