Hemstitching And Tucks – Vintage Embroidery And Sewing Techniques Part 2

This is part 2 of my series ‘Vintage Embroidery And Sewing Techniques’. Now I’m sharing with you three samplers with hemstiching and tucks.

1950s hemstitch sampler linen dress

This is a samper for a linen dress.

1950s vintage hemstitch sampler close up

It’s not drawn thread work: it consists of strips of fabric finished with a machine-sewn hem. The fabric strips were then joined with bullion stitches.

1950s vintage hemstitch sampler back view bullion stitch
Back view

1940s 1950s hemstitch tucks lace sampler

The second sampler has tucks which are embellished with hemstitching.

vintage hemstitch tucks lace sampler close up
Close up of hemstitch

vintage 1950s tucks lace sampler close up

The sampler is done completely by hand; the tucks are hold in place by the hemstitches. I think the tucks were ironed but not tacked before sewing: there are no holes which a basting thread might have left.

vintage 1950s hemstitch tucks lace sampler back view
Back view
vintage 1950s hemstitch tucks lace sampler back view
Back view, close-up

vintage 1950s hemstitch tucks lace sampler

-> My tutorial: How to make Drawn Thread Work

vintage 1950s tucked blouse crochet lace

The third sampler is for a blouse with tucks, crochet lace, and buttonholes. The tucks are sewn by machine, while the buttonholes are finished with tiny buttonhole stitches by hand. My grandmother also crocheted the lace directly to the edge of the tuck by hand. The crochet lace is very delicate, I think she used cotton sewing thread as crochet thread.

vintage 1950s tucked blouse crochet lace sampler hand buttonhole close up
Close-up of crochet lace and buttonhole

Here you’ll find part 1 and part 3 of my 1950s embroidery series.

 

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