curtains

In a bid to get my hands on GENUINE vintage fabric, not looky likey pretend vintage-esque I have been trawling the internet and charity shops like a secret stash stalker! Uh Ha! Yep …. You know what I mean, saw you in there as well while I was a snooping!

Anyways, I digress (not much new there then) internet has yeilded two curtains from different places on different days but both arrived yesterday, apart from being utterly lush I must be attracted to poppies right now, purely accidental and I had forgotton about the bright red 70′s door curtain so when I saw it I really did squeal with delight.

My business head in prep for the Vintage Fair in November is saying beautiful cushion covers, very saleable as Christmas gift BUT the eldest daughter (because everything I buy must be for her or her sister even though hey are 23 and 19!)….. Oh Mumma, can you make me a 50′s skirt in that fabric it’s wicked!

Dilemma, it is wicked, it would look great as a 50′s skirt BUT it wont’t earn me any money!!!!! What is a mother to do?

CUSHIONS …. Make some money ~ let her sink herself up to her neck in charity shop offerings and find her own fabric! Do hope I have your support in my bullish position dear reader?

The other poppies has a maker name so am set to research as I can’t quite place the era but they have he feel and look of 40′s or even earlier.

I plan to share my makes with you once
1. Decisions made
2. Grappled fabric away from daughter
3. Husband fed and watered to avoid unwanted interludes
4. Found an extra hour in the day

Welcome any ideas, comments, suggestions for makes etc. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read. Have a great day.

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Good afternoon.  Just wanted to stop by and show off my new blouse made from a pair of vintage curtains.  I bought the curtains from Portobello Road Market in London, along with the vintage buttons which are a perfect match.  The pattern is a modern one (Megan Nielsen’s Banksia blouse) but definitely has a vintage look to it.

The fit could be better, but that’s my own fault for not making a muslin first.  For a first attempt at this pattern, I’m more than happy.  It’s not a particularly fitted style, so on me  it looks best tucked in.  It seems to look good with a high waisted skirt and I’m planning to wear it with some 1940′s high waisted trousers soon too.  Not a bad result from a a pair of old curtains!

More photos and construction details can be found on my blog, Handmade Jane.  Thanks for reading! x

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if you are making things that go on this blog, and you haven’t watched pushing daises, you are doing something wrong. anna friel’s character chuck has the GREATEST wardrobe EVER! its all very very 1950′s and 1960′s vintage, right on down to her underwear! i watched the entire series on netflix a while back and fell head over heels in love with this dress

isn’t that amazing? ugh, i needed it. i needed it bad. i had that photo saved on my computer since i saw the episode… but i haven’t had the right amount of fabric to make it until now. (everything i make is from recycled, salvaged or vintage fabrics and linens so yardage isn’t always what i hope for) last week my momma bought me a set of curtains and they became this beast:

i can hear the heavenly ”aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” every time i look at it

i am NEVER taking this off! it was a pretty tough dress to make. figuring out how to put in the zipper without taking away from the bubble skirts volume was a little tricky, but i figured it out. i also was able to add in pockets! woop! woop!

to make this i used simplicity 3430 for the top and simplicity 7995 for the bottom, and drafted the bubble myself. i had to make mine a little less big and dramatic than the original, because i do not have killer long legs. i have litte short ones and am not nearly as tall. argggggh. however– i think my fabric is cooler! sorta. at least for fall it is!

just LOOK at that texture!

in all, i think this is the best thing i have ever made. i love it! im wearing it to a wedding tonight, so hopefully i will have good photos in it later on! more on my blog like always!
xoxo,
christine

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