|Mallorca||Old cotton||Early 20th Century|
Carmen is a celebration of spring; it's a blouse that seems to bloom. Delight yourself with all its details. Carmen is regal, with that spectacular bib-shaped front that doesn't lack any detail. Pin-tucks, embroidery, collars and embroidered flounces… each one of them is an ode to joy. We love its beautiful scalloped neck, full of floral detail. We imagine it closed up, to give a more aristocratic flair, or open, carefree, offering a feminine glimpse of the clavicle. The design is repeated in the cuffs, which open impressively, as if they were two blooming flowers. And last but not at all least, the beautiful embroidery of the initials C.B. You will find them next to the buttons, in the lower left part of the blouse.
And with all this, Carmen is also easy and comfortable to wear. Its straight and somewhat oversize pattern and its wide puff sleeves are perfect to wear in any occasion.
Carmen's condition is impeccable. Its cotton is soft, not excessively thick and flawless. The initial design of Carmen only carried buttons down to the chest, but we added an extra buttonhole to make it easier to wear.
Length from top shoulder to bottom hem: 58,5 cm. Width from side to side at chest level: 54,5 cm.
Model is 176 cm tall and she usually wears size M tops.
The garments we offer are all at least 70 or 80 years old, some even more than one hundred. They are all from rural Mallorca, from those dowries which someone first embroidered years ago and were later stored in a trunk and forgotten about.
They are all simple items, hand-made and mainly white. All have tiny details such as embroideries which make them extremely special. You may find two blouses which look similar, but none are exactly the same. Several are embroidered with the initials or first name of the pieces' original owner.
We have searched the island from market to market, home to home, for the most beautiful blouses and gowns you can imagine. We have found old cotton and linen. Durable, fresh and breathable fabrics which are ideal as standard Summer wear.
All the garments you will find here have been completely restored. The process starts at the hands of an expert embroiderer who has carefully mended any imperfections it may have suffered over time. We really want our hemstitches, embossing and loop stitching to look as good as it did on the very first day it was worn.
Next the garments undergo a rigorous cleaning process to remove any hard staining from rust or damp. Please take into account that you may still find a loose thread or some patching or tiny staining that refuses to budge (don't worry we will tell you about it first). We believe that these slight imperfections aren't bad, in fact they are part of the history of the piece.
We assure you that nothing makes your feel as unique as wearing a unique piece of clothing like these ones, being able to imagine who tailored it for its original owner and now for you. Where did she live? What was her story? Or even better, to imagine that maybe it was worn at a particularly important event or time in her life. This, we believe, is quite magical.
Our garments have survived until today because the thread originally used to make them is so resistant. To keep them at their best condition possible, we recommend you do not wash at more than 30º, nor use fabric conditioner and only allow a medium spin. For an easier ironing, do it when the garment is still a bit wet.