Vintage Linen Success! Stepping out into the world of sewing tutorials…

So, you know that little break I was going on where I was going to do all these amazing crafty jobs and spend time with my two beautiful children? Well, the time just flew by in a flurry of fabric and thready scraps as I refashioned some vintage linens into clothes.

Here is a little overview of what I made…

My first day of holidays was searching through heaps of online tutorials to find something that I liked. I found two projects:

A nursing dress from Shwin&Shwin (here).

And a high-waisted skirt from This Big Oak Tree (here).

I am absolutely hopeless at following directions about things I know a little about so I only used the tutorial for the nursing dress as a loose guide. I do the same thing with recipes. It’s great for creativity but hopeless for troubleshooting! And I had lots of trouble with this dress. It was the first time I had sewn with stretchy fabric. A quick Facebook chat with my Mum, the sewing genius, got me started with a few good tips. I launched myself in and just had to fix things along the way. I’m pretty happy with the result and the breastfeeding capability is great! I am going to try it again but using a cotton for the skirt to make it easier to sew.

Next it was time to attack my vintage linens. I had never gathered before so I decided to use a pillowcase from a vintage Sheridan set to make a simple gathered skirt as a practice before I cut into the big guns – my beautiful yellow vintage sheets.

This was much simpler. It was just a simple skirt with a lining and elasticated waistband. It’s so pretty, feminine and super twirly! I love it!

It was time. My holidays were fast running out and I had not yet touched the vintage sheets. I ironed them carefully. Laid them out on the dining room floor. Took a deep breath. Measured. Measured again. And then finally heard that sweet and satisfying sound of good fabric scissors cutting through cotton. Terrified of making a mess of my vintage find, I decided to follow the tutorial as closely as possible…ok, so I still did a bit of my own thing, like making the seam go down the back because the width of the sheet was exactly right, and I cut out the pieces so I used the lovely wide hem of the sheet as the hem of the skirt (one less seam to iron and sew)…but it was pretty close. For me. I also did not attach the sash to the skirt as I wanted the versatility to wear it with a belt.

Here’s the end result. I’m absolutely in love with it – the 1950s feel and how it makes me want to have high-tea followed by a frolic in a field of wild flowers (or maybe the other way around – one probably shouldn’t frolic on a stomach full of tea and delicious cakes). I can’t wait to wear it!

And you know the best thing? This skirt used just half of ONE sheet and I have TWO! Ooohhhh…what else shall I make?

DEBUT! – For the love of ballet and vintage

Introducing my new collection…

DEBUT!

A ballet-themed collection to appeal to that young girl in those of us who once dreamt of dancing in front of the Queen and fantasised about playing the beautiful White Swan in Swan Lake (although I always like the Black Swan more…don’t know why!). This collection features images that evoke all things ballet with vintage overtones. Lace and lustrous freshwater pearls accent the range.

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This collection holds a special place for me. I have always been passionate about dance. I began classical ballet as a young girl and studied it for many years. While injury saw me quit ballet, I still have that passion. I still get goosebumps when I see an excellent dancer in their element. And I still like to think that I am still a decent dancer!

For more information about the DEBUT! Collection please go to my Facebook page.