Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Vintage Petticoat Rescue

This vintage petticoat was very beautiful with some lovely broderie anglaise but had been through the wars & needed some attention.
Firstly, I removed the label inside as I was concerned this might run when I bleached the fabric.  After soaking for a couple of hours in a weak bleach solution, I laundered & line dried the petticoat.  It had a rather voluminous waistline with tapes inside the waist casing.  I opened the casings at the side seams so that the tapes could be pulled up to gather the waistline & fastened with a bow inside.  I rethreaded the original peach ribbon through the slotted broderie anglaise trim at the top.  Using white cotton thread, I darned over one small dark dot which I had been unable to remove.  Finally I stitched on some white cotton daisy trims to camouflage a couple of small holes towards the hemline.
This petticoat is now officially ready to party!


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Groovy 70s Tank Tops

Tank tops take me back ... I love these bright 70s motifs and thought they are great inspiration even if, like me, you cannot knit.  I love the way these jumpers have been knitted in T shirt shapes!

Having a MAJOR house sort out - not for the first time in my life!! - and trying to rationalise the shedloads of "interesting" vintage & retro magazines & books I have accumulated.  This vintage 70s Stitchcraft magazine is in a very poor state but has some great retro motifs to be used on children's knitwear but which would be lovely inspiration for stitchworks too.  I have scanned the knitting instructions for the motifs & hope they might be used to make some fun knitwear ... just wish I could knit! x

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