Friday, July 22, 2011

Lots Going On!

And the WINNER of the set of pewter clasps is, tah dah,,,,,,,,,,,,(tension building).....Joyce in NC!!!
Email me, Joyce, at bunnypep at wildblue dot net with your snail mail address. I am changing my ISP next week and will have a new email next Thursday so get in right away on the old addie. Our little village is going BROADBAND, YAHOOOOOOO!!!! More on that next week.
Tonight at Eight O'Clock I will post the winner of the  pewter clasps! I will stick the announcement right at the top of this post. 
 Above you can see a mint condition 1950s card table cloth. I picked this up in a yard sale down in No. Andover, Mass. What you can't see here is the lovely texture and heft of the fabric. This is not thin cotton but more like a huck cloth.  The minute I saw it I knew it would be perfect for a dress for Carly, my granddaughter with the big blue eyes and platinum blond hair, just perfect. The challenge has been to figure out what to make and how to get what I need out of a 54 inch square with serious borders. It's a bit of a puzzle but today I figured it all out. 

The X'd out areas will not  be used in the dress but every other rectangle is a particular part of the design. So I have enough! I will be using  just a small part of Butterick 5020, the tiny bodice.  I wanted smocking on this and it will fit right into that center bodice section. Now I have my handwork project and will try to get it pleated tomorrow. I will be trying a new sort of smocking here, at least new for me, so we will see how that goes.

My BFF has 5 weddings to attend this summer, pretty much among the same crowd. I fixed a hem issue on this bias skirt of the dress and did a refashion on the top she will wear with it as it will be a nightime wedding for this garment. Here is the original cardigan. It is an olive green rachel knit and has the tiniest olive green sequins in it, lovely fabric hard to appreciate on camera.

The dress is cut on the bias with an asymmetrical layered hem. The fabric is silk chiffon print with a few sequins here and there on the motifs. The bodice is a very low cowl and the sheer dress has a lovely higher necked black lace slip underneath, very pretty. She is small like me. We both decided the cardigan had great fabric but would look a lot better if cut to the shape of a shrug. Here is the result. I like it and she is very happy.
This appears much dressier when you see it in person and it is really pretty on her with her green eyes and blondish hair.

See you at eight o'clock!...Bunny


  1. You are an amazing BFF to have! Can't wait to see your granddaughter's dress. It's pretty fabric and you will be so clever to get enough fabric out of it to make a dress.

  2. I love shrugs and this is SOOO much prettier that way. Lucky BFF. Also love what you're doing with Carly's dress. Can't wait to see the finished project. I would have been thrilled to snap that tablecloth up for myself!

  3. Cute shrug and a wonderful color. Your BFF is lucky :-)

  4. Ooo...I am coveting that shrug, as I have the same coloring as your friend.

    I can't wait to see the little tablecloth dress. It will be cute to the max, I'm sure!


  5. What a great way to refashion that sweater! Perfect for a summer wedding.


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