Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Paisley with Purpose - Reworked Dress into Top

reworked dress into top by karen vallerius

A few years ago I reworked a vintage cotton paisley dress into this 1950s style retro top.  I love the colourway of this paisley and like to wear the top with jeans.  Of course, there were a few smaller scraps left over from the project and this week I made some "new" design Deco Daisy brooches, one of them shown above.

vintage 50s sewing pattern by karen vallerius

Above is the 1950s vintage sewing pattern which I used.  It was for a 32" bust (a measurement I have not fitted into since some time in the 1970s!) so I adjusted the pattern to fit.

reworked dress into top by karen vallerius

This is the original donor dress, I would guess 1960s, and a bit uninspiring to say the least.

Here is a very old photo of me wearing the newly refashioned top, I think this was about 6 years ago.

Change of address, hairstyle and number of wrinkles since then ...

reworked dress into top by karen vallerius

I have been trying to improve my virtually non-existent free motion embroidery skills by making some flower brooches this week.  I love the way that the reverse of the work is almost as pretty as the front in a sketchy, artsy sort of way.

vintage fabric flower by karen vallerius

vintage fabric flower by karen vallerius

Anyway, here is a close up of the freshly stitched flower brooch.  It is worked as a raw edge applique with some free motion machine embroidery and a button from the vintage stash.

OOAK handmade flower brooch by karen vallerius

Please visit my etsy shop if you would like to see more OOAK vintage and reworked garments.


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