When I browse clothing racks at an op-shop (charity shop), I try to remove from my mind the impulse to find clothing that suits me. You see, I love to shop there for unusual fabrics and trims - the kind that immediately stir creative ideas.
Many months ago I found a dress with layers of flouncing lace trim above the hemline, and a vibrant, yet romantic, rose and cream floral fabric. I brought it home after paying the modest price tag of $2 but life got in my way and it sat forgotten in a box of other 'wanna-be' items until we unpacked at the new house last week and my excitement to re-purpose the dress once again took hold.
This morning I began by removing the layers of lace and fabric from the ugly shirred waist section (remember, I look at the fabric, not the item of clothing, when I shop!)....
I had two, 44" lengths of lace edged fabric, which I cross cut into six, 13" lengths.
Next, I stitched the six layers one on top of the other...
...and added a row of the fabric at the bottom, plus strips of the fabric down both sides.
I had saved the shoulder straps of the dress, and used them to form a simple bow across the top section...
I have a small stash of gorgeous buttons I bought on special at Spotlight after New Year, and this project was the canvas to display one...
Some solid rosey coloured fabric for the backing, a cushion insert popped inside, and I now have a gorgeous shabby inspired pillow on my bed!
What do you think?
During the days between looking for a rental house and actually packing up the old house I finished my Shabby Roses Quilt remake.
I had sent the quilt top off to Dawn for machine quilting around all the blocks, and she did a beautiful job of it! After I stitched down the binding I hung it outside to photograph for you....
This version is slightly different in layout to my original...still gorgeous.
I haven't had it out at the new house as we are not allowed to hang things on the walls here, but I am commissioning Mr E to make me a few quilt stands for around the home.
The pattern with all twelve appliqued and embroidered blocks can be purchased HERE.
A number of people suggested using 3M sticky things that are specifically for renters wanting to hang pictures and the like as they peel off without leaving a mark when you vacate the home. I found some but the price was pretty steep so I will have to carefully consider buying just a few and hanging the really special items only.
This year on my blog I'm going to share ideas on re-purposing op-shop finds, so you might like to start collecting dresses, skirts, shirts etc - things that you can see some potential in.
Tomorrow I will have a new Show & Tell post of projects some lovely ladies have made from my designs. Have you made something too? Email me a photo, or leave a comment if you have one on your blog, and I'll share your pic here on my Show & Tell.
Have a wonderful Australia Day everybody!!