I was recently given a pile of vintage curtains by a friend who knows how much I love old fabrics. My mind begins to wander as soon as I touch these lovely old textiles….who owned them,where were they hanging,how old might they be and who made them,of course. Then the creative gene kicks in and it’s all about what shall I turn them into…..
I decided on a dress and jacket, as two of the fabrics went so well together…..now which of my ever growing stash of patterns do I use….
…..incidentally I discovered on my visit to the Biba exhibition that was in Brighton recently that this dress pattern was illustrated by Barbara Hulanicki herself….what joy!
Then it was time to decide on appliqué for the jacket. The fabric had a lot of pulled threads so I needed to place pieces carefully to cover the damage but also make it aesthetically pleasing.
I feel pleased with the result and the shop where I sell my designs,Tea and Sympathy in Colchester, were delighted with the outfit. Now what to do with the rest of the stash……
The sunshine today,yay,set me thinking about this dress I made last summer,but as yet have not worn.It began life as a tablecloth,someone’s souvenir of a trip to Australia maybe.I loved the print and colours and using an 80s dress pattern,transformed its use from table to wear-able!
My heart still leaps at the memory of my trip to Biba in London when I was a teenager,many moons ago.I remember deciding there and then that I wanted my future career to be in the world of fashion.Imagine my joy on visiting the recent Biba exhibition in Brighton, when I realised that a vintage dress pattern I had was illustrated by non other than Barbara Hulanicki herself.