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Repurposed paisley 50s top by brocobelle

OK, my bust hasn’t measured 32″ (the size of this vintage 50s pattern) since circa 1972, but by using every scrap of width in this old shift dress I managed to adapt it to fit.  Paisleys have to be amongst my favourite textiles.  Below pics of the top pattern I used and the vintage shift dress I cut up to make my top. (More of my vintage fashion & textile musings on my brocobelle blog here)

About the author: I love vintage needlecrafts; live in the English countryside & enjoy local auctions and thrift stores. Sell vintage & handmade online & at vintage fairs.

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  • elise June 19, 2011, 9:38 am

    so pretty ! the colors are perfect on you.

  • brocobelle June 19, 2011, 9:52 am

    Thanks, truth to tell, the colour of the paisley is a little washed out but that is OK with denim.

  • Jen aka knitstuff June 19, 2011, 11:16 am

    I actually have that fabric in my stash!

  • brocobelle June 19, 2011, 11:30 am

    Hi Jen, OMG – great minds think alike and all that- I thought this textile was 60s, would be interested to know when you date it.

  • Clare June 19, 2011, 11:38 am

    Oooh, I love paisley! This turned out super cute. Great job!

  • tammyO. June 20, 2011, 9:22 am

    well done! loooooove paisley.

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