When Lucy's number one (and only) son read this post (please check it out if you haven't read it...it's a good one, if I say so myself...) he sent me a lovely email telling me how much he loved it and that his Mum, Lucy Violet would've been thrilled to see it too. Awwww.
He also explained the mystery of The Four Musketeers...they were four couples (I did guess that much!) The women were Lucy's workmates when she worked as a milliner in Melbourne, and they remained great friends throughout their lives until one by one they "dropped off the perch" (as Lucy would put it) She was the last one standing...as I've already mentioned, she was a week short of her ninety ninth birthday when she died and still lived in her own little weatherboard cottage in the Dandenongs. Amazing, don't you think?
He also sent me this wonderful photo
St. Kilda 1954
(there's a slight touch of The Joker about you Terry...)
it's him, all dressed up in a costume made by Lucy for the Old Buffers Parade which was held in South Melbourne.
(Any info on the Old Buffers would be greatly appreciated)
His email went on to say " Lucy was brilliant at creating and sewing...she made all of the neighbourhood dress-up costumes (no t.v. in those days), Upper Gully State School basketball uniforms, Upwey High school play costumes etc etc"
I can attest to Lucy's skill as a seamstress because, guess what? We still have that costume! Yep. And apart from a few stains, a missing button and one small tear it's in perfect condition. Look...
how special is that?
I can't quite remember how it ended up in our hands...I think Lucy gave it to us for our eldest daughter to wear for dress-ups...I do know that it's been in at least one school play since we've had it...
Fifty seven years old and still going strong!
don't you love this print?
More Lucy Violet stories to come...
A tea towel, then finito...I can say that because it's an Italian one...ha-ha