We visited the Kapiti Coast Museum recently, housed in the former Waikanae Post Office building. I was particularly interested in any old textile, clothing or sewing paraphernalia and I wasn’t disappointed. Two lovely old sewing machines were on display. I learned to sew as a youngster on an old treadle Singer, just like the one set in the stand!
There was a nice display of “Ladies Toiletries” – all sorts of things which the colonial lady might well have on her dressing table. With an assortment of hats to chose from, plus a fur cape, the lady in question would be well dressed for any occasion.
I just love the look of these vintage underclothes. Made with fine soft cotton, decorated with pin-tucks and lace, these all in one combinations must have been all the rage many years ago.
Wonder if the bride is wearing one of those all in one combinations under her beautiful wedding gown? The young page boy in his outfit of gold coloured brocade looks almost as dashing as the tall dark and handsome bride-groom.
I love looking through these small town museums, as you never quite know what will be found there. There were lots of household items, kitchen tools, laundry items and old toys on display, but sadly I didn’t see a single quilt.