Vintage Linen is too Good to Part With…

Whilst sorting through our stuff (yes, this process is taking forever) I decided I really should do something about my endless supply of vintage linen. Doilies, place mats, napkins, handkerchiefs, the list goes on and on and I just didn’t think I’d be able to use all of it. I’ve already sold a lot of my lace trims, and I’ve given other stuff away, but what about these larger items? We used a lot of them for our wedding, so I was struggling to part with them. I was laying them out on the table to go through them when it occurred to me that they would make a great patchwork, and as we don’t have a tablecloth, it seemed like the ideal thing to make!

I positioned them all out on the table and pinned them together. I then ran them through the machine, zig zagging them together. This probably wasn’t the correct way to do it, there was a bit of buckling and ruching, but hey! I’m still learning! The result is a little rough around the edges, but I like it that way, and more importantly, I used my linen for something genuinely useful!

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Beautiful sewing goodies

I just had to share these pretties with you. My parents came today, and my mother said she had picked up some bits I might want, but as they didn’t cost much I could throw them away if I didn’t want them! Not likely! One person’s rubbish is a vintage lovers dream!

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Not all upcycles are keepers

After my mammoth post about all of my WIPs I decided to take action and finish one of them. YAY! I’m very pleased with myself and I really like the end product. It is a pair of crochet sleeves that I’ve added to a vest top that I don’t really wear. Voila, one wearable summer top.

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 Riding high on this success, I scoured the house to find another neglected item of clothing that I could improve. I came across this cardigan, which is the most comfortable cardigan in the world, but is pretty ugly.

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It was black once upon a time, and the ‘unusual’ dropped-stitch effect prompted my mother to ask if I knew my cardigan was unraveling. With neither the funds nor the inclination to replace it I decided to do something with it. This meant I got to rummage through my ribbons and laces! My favourite hobby!

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Aren’t they so pretty? Well I had about an hour before I had to leave the house, so I sat down at my sewing machine and went to work. I really wanted to weave the ribbons through the dropped stitches, but that looked pretty rubbish, so I ended up just covering them up with the ribbons, and well……

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Can’t say it’s turned out great. It’s alright for inside the house as it makes me feel like a bit of a mad sewing lady, which I am. Not sure it’s going to make an outing though. Looks a bit like I just fell into my ribbon stash. It doesn’t help that the weight and stitch of the cardigan pulls the ribbons and makes them all wavy.

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You can’t win ’em all. I’ll just chalk this one up to experience I suppose. If you don’t try you will never learn. Hopefully the next will be much, much better.