Sunday morning and I was out hunting through brocante sales early. I was rewarded for leaving my bed early with a wonderful find. A large pile of linen, including 10 monogrammed chemises.
I say chemises because I'm not really sure if they were made to be worn as underwear or nightwear. They are all entirely handmade and hand embroidered, each with the letters MB. I am sure that they have never been worn, the hemp linen is still the beige colour of the new unwashed material. They are all slightly different, only one has sleeves. Some are v-necked, others round necked, narrow or wide shouldered, even the overall sizes vary.
They are at least 100 years old, so why were they never washed or used? Who did they belong to? did the sewer make them for herself or for someone else? Were they part of a trousseau, the work of a budding underwear designer, the fruit of sewing lessons....?
Once they are all washed and sweet smelling I will be putting some of them into my etsy store, but I would like to give one away. So I thought of a little story telling party .....
I am inviting you to invent a short tale about these garments. Funny, sad, romantic, historically accurate or not, I don't mind. Just a few sentences or a page, whatever suits you. The giveaway item will be one of these monogrammed chemises, but I hope that the real fun will be the fruit of your imagination!
You have a week to link up and enter your tale. The random draw next Monday will reveal the winner. Use as many of these pictures as you like to illustrate your story. Anyone who enters the link-up will be added to my blogroll.
I must add that the idea of writing around a theme was given me by Angie Muresan's latest and rather wonderful post that links up to Magpie Tales. Thank you Angie!