Thursday, 28 March 2013
Vintage fabric - fashion with a history
A few years ago my Mum gave me a bag full of "Nana's stuff", largely comprising of half-finished projects, scraps of lace and off-cuts of fabric. I'd packed it away in a medium sized suitcase, mostly to conceal it from my husband who gets exasperated at my hoarding textiles. During my extended time off, I decided to sort through it and see if there was anything I'd forgotten about. I found this fabric! Although it was the left-overs from an outfit that my grandmother had made, there was quite a bit left.
I had a pattern for a skirt from a Burda magazine that I had liked the look of. I'd prepared it all months before, only to discover I didn't have enough fabric to make it. Suddenly, with this rediscovery, my problem was solved!
The pattern is a paneled skirt with added godets. This meant that the individual pieces were either long and thin, or short and triangular. With a bit of creative positioning of pattern pieces, I was able to get them all on without picking up the faults.
The final result is this calf-length paneled skirt, with a high waist, fitted over the hips, and with lovely lower movement from the added godets. This picture doesn't do it justice as you can't see the shape or the way it moves, but I'm pleased with garment.
And I'm very pleased with the fact that it's made from vintage fabric and that I know it's history. It gives the piece an added meaning to me - sentimental old thing that I am!