Saturday, 5 August 2017

A Tale of Two Tops

upcycled pretty pink tops by karen vallerius

More vintage embroidered linens and vintage Laura Ashley textiles have been upcycled into these two pretty in pink tops.  The lovely abstract floral cotton lawn in shades of pink and teal was cut from the skirt section of a vintage Laura Ashley sundress.  The top on the right also has panels of a check shirting in soft shades of grey and pink, rescued from a vintage mod shirt.  The collars are cut from vintage embroidered tray cloths.  It is always so lovely to repurpose vintage linens which would otherwise remain closed away in the linen cupboard.  I always think that the original needleworkers would be glad that their needlecraft finds a new purpose.

Find these tops and other OOAK upcycled clothing in my etsy shop.

vintage embroidered linen collar by karen vallerius

vintage embroidered linen collar by karen vallerius

The top on the left has a gathered hemline frill made from broderie anglaise cotton which was cut from a ruffled skirt.

broderie anglaise hemline ruffle by karen vallerius


pretty patch pocket in vintage Laura Ashley textile by karen vallerius

This top has a cute patch pocket stitched from a different vintage Laura Ashley cotton with a tiny embroidered floral patch from the tray cloth.  I left the edges of the pocket "raw" so that they will softly fray as the top is washed and worn, giving a gentle homespun charm.  And you all know how much I love vintage Laura Ashley textiles, see my Dottie Angel frock reworked from vintage Laura Ashley clothing here.

vintage textile scraps by karen vallerius

Now, what to do with the scraps?  I never can throw any textile pieces away - as demonstrated by the boxes and cupboards full of textiles in my sewing room.

Find these tops and other OOAK upcycled clothing in my etsy shop.

(PS have just shared this blog post with a link on one of my favourite fashion blogs, click through if you want to read Catherine's lovely blog notdressedaslamb)


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