Wednesday 9 March 2011

Swedish Lace Collars

Recently, on our trip to Sweden, I was shown this gorgeous box of old stock left over from my friend Helena's father's haberdashery shop. The shop closed a long time ago but Helena and her mother couldn't bear to part with a few special items and these boxes of crisp, white collars are stored safely in the garage.

Helena spent many childhood Saturdays writing price tickets and working in the shop. The collars, all still bundled into matching groups with perfect red bands are adorable as they are but for costume purposes, they are ideal for a period school project or a script with lots of little girls in matching outfits; when you look in the box and rummage around the designs it's easy to imagine them all walking smartly in croc behind their teacher.