Purple Gingham Halter

By on October 18, 2011

I finished my Jenny Cardigan in early July, but never got around to wearing it.  The yarn is a cotton/rayon blend and the summer has not been especially hot, so I have no excuse, other than the fact that I could not find anything I wanted to wear with it!

Enter Vogue 9668.  This dress is an oldie, and it is fun to look inside at the construction and see what I would do differently if I was sewing it today!  I happened to come across it hiding in the closet, and I thought the purple gingham would be the perfect backdrop for the cardigan.

I love the color, but it does present a problem.  I very rarely find buttons that match a finished project.  I have the same issue with fabric – I tend to choose colors that are impossible to find matching thread, zippers, and buttons.  But I have found a solution, at least for the buttons.

BurdaStyle recently posted a blog entry about Dorset Buttons.  I am able to cover plastic rings with the yarn that I used for my sweater, ensuring that they will be a perfect match!

More pictures may be found over at my blog, Lilacs & Lace.

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1930s | Pants / Trousers

The frilly jumper…

By on October 12, 2011

Just wanted to share my latest vintage knit with you, made using reclaimed pure angora from a sweater my mum made years ago, paired with some very “vintage-y” trousers from Burda magazine 4/2011…

The sweater pattern is from “A stitch in time – volume 1”, a very beautiful knitting book.  The trousers were made with thrifted heavy linen, which cost $6.00.  They were so easy to make, and are really comfortable and flattering.  Even though I have a little extra “winter-weight” I feel great in these trousers.  I usually have trouble with trousers – they never seem to work out – so I will be making these again.  The hardest part about the trousers was copying the pattern from the very confusing, multi-pattern, sheets that come with the magazine.  I am super-happy with these as a complete outfit, and feel trendy and vintage at the same time.

Have a great day everyone, and I love the new site…congratulations 🙂

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