Friday, March 6, 2009

New Threads from Old

My previous post showed a half finished dress on my work table. Here's the finished result - I love it! (... the dress, not the photo!)


I used Simplicity pattern 4675 and after adjusting it in the bodice, it fits perfectly! I decorated the drop waist with some vintage Japanese ricrac - which I am really loving at the moment; a whole bundle of it was given to me by my aunty recently. The vintage fabric was so lovely to work with - such lovely polished cotton. Thank you to Donna who so thoughtfully passed it my way! :D

Another new thing that got made was this little half circle skirt for my girl. (It pushed into the 'to-do' queue leaving the other things still waiting!) It's made out of re-purposed fairy fabric, old fitted sheet fold-over elastic and trimmed with cotton lace at the hem. (the thing in the right of the pic is a cardboard box elephant, made by my busy boy!)

Ah, the happiness of re-purposing and re-inventing old things new again! :)

7 comments:

Hey Harriet said...

Lovely! The dress is gorgeous and the little skirt is very cute! And I'm quite impressed by the cardboard box elephant also :) It must be so rewarding to be able to sew special things for yourself and for your kiddies.

Hoe you have a super weekend!

JustJess said...

Great fabrics and beautiful results. PS I too love the elephant :)

Little Mary Moo said...

That dress is beautiful. I can see why you love that ric rac very cute. I'm sure the skirt for your daughter will become a firm fave - it is just lovely.

twinklestarart said...

Beautiful dress, I love the colour and I'm sure it will suit you perfectly. Cute skirt too. Now that elephant is fantastic. Your boy has a great imagination, just like his mummy ;D

Hot Fudge said...

Isn't it wonderful when you make a dress and it fits perfectly? The bonus is that it looks gorgeous as well. The skirt is super and I am sure will be a favourite.

It looks as though your son the photographer is a man of many talents!

Bec said...

Wow Ali, this dress is gorgeous!! And so is that little skirt. And What can I say about that elephant? I LOVE kiddy box sculptures - there's something so wonderful about them :D

Tinniegirl said...

Love the dress. What gorgeous fabric.