A little while ago I given some fabric and patterns which had belonged to my Great Grandmother Mabel, who I never had the pleasure of meeting. Mabel made all of her own clothes and undergarments, and was a concert pianist!
From the stash, circa 50's or 60's, I made this midi skirt. There were also a lot of off cuts, rolled together and secured with the selvedge of the fabric. I love the mindset of nothing wasted! This fabric was in that stash; it's beautiful!
There was not enough to make a whole top so I took a white linen shirt which I bought on my first trip to New York City in 1995 (wow, can't believe that was 20 years ago!). I rarely wore the top, but saved it all these years because of the memories attached to it.
Using my trusty New Look pattern 6194 I made myself a top. I love the classic style of this top. I didn't want to waste this special fabric on a "trendy" top that I wouldn't wear in a year or two. I made a couple of slight modifications to the pattern: I added length (standard for me!) and as I used an existing shirt for the back I didn't need to add the darts from the pattern on the back.
Ta da! A beautiful new top which I treasure. I hope Mabel would be proud of how I used her fabric scraps.
|Pants: Made By Me (self drafted) |
Top: Made By Me using New Look Pattern 6194
|I used the pretty trim around the neck and to add sleeves.|
|Miss 3 in the background, who will be Miss 4 tomorrow!|
|Photos c/o of wonderful Husband|
50 or 60 year old fabric + 20 year old fabric = a new top full of special meaning and wonderful memories!
I really love it!