The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
The Helen
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The Helen

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This is an American, antique quilt completed in 1933. It is a very historical hand craft called Red Work. Each square is hand stitched using red embroidery thread. However, Red Work became popular in the early 1900s and was typically a way to show case various stitches and hand craftsmanship. This piece is interesting and we have reason to believe that it was made by multiple people and or over multiple generations because it contains different styles and different quilt blocks. For instance, a few of the blocks use cross stitch and perhaps one of the biggest hints is the presence of Ruby McKim designed Red Work patterns. Ruby McKim was an American quilt designer, entrepreneur, teacher, and writer who lived circa 1890-1976. She developed many many quilt patterns including Red Work pattern blocks. Ruby's Red Work squares are more simplistic than some of the older Nursery Rhyme quilt squares. If you want to know more about the different blocks please direct message us and Elizabeth will give you a tour of the jacket and point out which squares are Ruby's. This specific Red Work piece is exceptional for so many different reasons. It is always elevated to have a quilt with the date on it which is why we gave this date a front and center spot on this jacket. Red work is rarely found in this excellent of condition. The white is bright white and this piece is in stellar condition. In addition, the quilting is consistent and beautifully done. In our opinion, the quilt is very thin, butter soft, with an excellent drape. It has little to no loft (puffiness). This is absolute museum quality Lady Lancaster. A 10/10 piece of wearable folk art. 

  • This jacket features side slits for generous movement and a beautiful drape.
  • This jacket has two clear snaps at the tips of the collar that secure the lapel if desired.
  • This jacket has two pockets.
  • Fold the architectural collar down to create a lapel if desired.
  • The Helen Jacket has a generous fit and is not meant to have a tailored look.
  • One Size Fits Most
  • If you have any questions about this jacket please direct message us on instagram and we will answer your question as quickly as possible. We do not accept returns. If you have any doubt please do not purchase. For sizing questions direct message us via instagram and we will be happy to send videos showing how our jackets fit.
  • Measurements

36” back of the neck to the bottom of the hem

23” shoulder seam to bottom of sleeve

36” laying flat, armpit to armpit

Please note that all of our jackets are made from antique quilts and the fabric reflects this. Our fabrics are sometimes older than 100 years old and are perfectly worn. We believe this is what makes them special and is part of their charm. All of our garments are pre-washed in a special restoration quilt wash. We recommend only spot cleaning if necessary.