The 11th hour outfit | Debi Fry
Fabric: Brushed cotton (vintage duvet cover) – ~£1
Pattern: Free online tutorial from Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing on making a gathered skirt, part 1 and 2
Year: c. 1950's
Notions: Vintage zipper — ~£.25
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: January 2011
Wear again? Maybe
Total Cost: ~£1.25
When I heard about the blue floral theme, I was very excited and had grand plans for this week! I was going to use some fabulous vintage blue crepe fabric I have to make a smashing 1940's swing dress:
I, um, waited until the last moment and then discovered that my vintage crepe fabric had two very large dark red stains on it (looks like rust, is that possible?)! Arrrrrgggghhhh!
So I spent the better part of a day figuring out how to handle this. Some of it did come up with lukewarm water and handwashing but I think I am going to make a trip to the dry cleaners.
So, I got out my only other floral piece of fabric (a vintage duvet cover) that is a lovely cream with pinks and blues (there is blue in it, I swear! hehehehe) to see what I could do with it (and after carefully pretreating and really examining the fabric!)
I remembered Gertie had done a tutorial awhile back on making a gathered 1950's style skirt. In fact, when I saw this fabric that's what I immediately wanted to make with it and then pair it with a lovely 1950's style cashmere sweater. I went through her blog archives and found the tutorial which consists of making your own pattern pieces (there are only two!). Et Viola…instant 1950's outfit! I like how it turned out:
What about you? Have you had any vintage fabric surprises? Have you ever had your sewing plans foiled at the last minute? What did you do?