Wednesday 12 January 2011

Ruffles, frills, and other frivolous treatments - Part I - The jabot

I gushed about them in my previous post. Now it's time to put one's money where their mouth is. Speaking of which, I have 2 jabots (only one pictured, as the second needs buttoning to a top that I am yet to acquire - yeah, I shop like that, putting the cart before the horse). And before you ask, no, I did not try a Prince impersonation, although I evidently share the 80's obsession with this little (but oh so flamboyant!) piece of attire.
I picked this 1930s one on Etsy and I am wearing it here with a vintage Bebe jacket tailored to mimic a riding coat, therefore creating a nice nipped in silhouette with a pretty vent at the back. But instead of pairing them with jodhpurs, I thought I'd try a skirt instead.

 Jabots were very popular in the 30s and 40s. Here is a gorgeous example of a crocheted blouse with an attached jabot detail. The pattern available for purchase from The Cemetarian. I wish I could crochet, this blouse makes me swoon! Ain't that absolute perfection?...

However, if your skills stretch no further than mine, don't despair. Nice detachable jabots, which you can wear with jackets and cardigans or attach to plain blouses, always make their apparition on Etsy and Ebay for reasonable amounts of money, like this one that sold recently:

They give you versatility and also convenience when it comes to washing. And of course, they are girly and frilly and over the top. What's not to love about them?


  1. you look very glamourous in a non-Prince sort of way. Great wardrobe remix, too!

  2. Oow, I love frills- not sure if it’s me quite but I love it none the less!
    I wish I could crochet too, that jumper pattern is dreamy…
    I’m currently trying to sew up a blouse with a jabot, but alas I’m not at all good at sewing, so it’s taking a fair time to make- should of started something a little easier, me thinks!
    Looking wonderful Miss.
    Tups x

  3. Thanks!

    Good luck with your sewing project Tups! I'd love to see it when it's finished.

  4. love your outfits,very elegant.
    i'm your newest follower :)

  5. I'm putting together a pinterest board...