Saturday, September 15, 2012

Saturday Projects...

Favorite pin this morning:


It's vintage, long sold (via Etsy) AND it's suede, not one of my faves to wear.  BUT...can't you see it in linen with self-fabric bias trim instead of the "macrame" stitching??

Idea file, people!!  This is going in the "to make" pile.'s awesome.

But not today. Today I'm going to be blasphemously cutting into a vintage baby slip that has beautiful eyelet trimmings and the tiniest handstitched tucks you've ever seen, and is of the softest white cotton ever. 

The "fancy band" portion of the skirt is gorgeous.  All of that beautiful work, tucked away in a trunk or closet, never to be seen again seems rather pointless and sad.  So I'm going to make something new out of it. 

All of you vintage clothing purists out there should probably avert your eyes. If it makes you feel any better I only gave about seven bucks for it at a flea market years ago.  

I have another vintage piece that I'm trying to figure out how to use too, a beautiful lace and batiste slip.  It's frothy and awesome.  The waist measurement is approximately the same as my right thigh.  So, skirt refashion isn't in the cards.  

But possibly a top of some sort?  Or use the elaborate pieces of insertion and tucking and batiste in a new garment?  There are repairs to be made if I intend to use it "as-is".  Nothing for my bottom half would work, even if my waist suddenly shrunk to the size of my right thigh, we're talking about a 100 year old piece of fabric and would never withhold sitting and friction.  But a top...that might work.  

If I never, ever wash and dry it.  ha.  Handwashing. Dry flat. Forever.  

But slip cutting-up-ness needs to commence.   Wish me luck.


  1. Okay - so here's my take on your inspiration photo. Mostly based on the vintage lace you are showing. Linen - but rather than a contrast color for the macrame lines - I would use some lace, insterted with a wing needle. I would do the contrast color on the bottom, and then line the entire thing with the contrast color. Can you see it? And honestly - I'm with you, if you can't use it, why have it? Can't wait to see the refashion. g

  2. Very nice, thanks for sharing.

  3. Love the skirt - totally could see it made in a linen and I really like gMarie's idea of heirlooming it. Yes, I cringed and looked away at the thought of cutting up the slip but this is your slip and I'm sure that you'll make something fabulous out of it!

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