1950's Wool Dress Recycled

comments (7) February 1st, 2009 in gallery     

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Moms dress from the 1950s. I love the material but it had some small moth holes in it. I cut it all apart, matched up some ribbon, and guess what Im making?!  ;-)

Mom's dress from the 1950s. I love the material but it had some small moth holes in it. I cut it all apart, matched up some ribbon, and guess what I'm making?!  ;-)

Photo: taken with my iPhone

My Mom is a fashionable woman. She is the fount of so much of my skills in art and crafting, not only genetically but also learned. From a child through my adulthood she and I have crafted together. Her patience, encouragement, teachings and talent have given me endless outlets for my creative mind. She's also a snappy dresser! From her I've derived a deep love of hats, scarves and brooches.

She gave me this old wool embroidered dress from the 1950s. It was hers. It had some moth holes in it. I've kept it (yes, I tried it on and I couldn't breathe ... she's smaller than me but that didn't stop me from doing it!) and since I'm in a "scarfy" mode I decided to do something with it.  Yes, a scarf.  It's wool, it's soft, it's lightweight, I love the material and colors. I'm thinking big beautiful blue roses to echo the embroidery with vanilla leaves to match the wool. I've got the materials ... I like the idea of recycling the dress into something wearable and lovely.

Mom's 75th birthday is coming up in May. Wonder if she would recognize the dress if I make this a gift for her?  I'm going to look for a blue rose rhinestone brooch to go with it ... she would like that.  :-)

Stay tuned ... this will be updated with the finished piece!


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: gallery, fabric, dress, wearable, chic, vintage, keepsake, thread, blue, scarf, other fiber, cream, 50s

Comments (7)

cathyfikany writes: I love this idea. I hope you'll show us the finished project. I just bought a skirt at a garage sale. It may be rayon or something like that, but it has gorgeous rose and green embroidered flowers and leaves. I plan to make a pillow and/or sachet covers.
Posted: 2:17 pm on March 21st
Josefly writes: I can only imagine how very touched your mother will be on receiving such a beautiful gift, created by you out of something that means so much to each of you. I would love to see her face when she sees it. How sweet of you!
Posted: 3:36 pm on March 1st
2manyideas writes: frygga:

I plan to. I'm still working on the project right now. :) Thanks!
Posted: 8:45 pm on February 9th
frygga writes: It would be wonderful if you would follow this up and photograph your finished piece when you are done.
Posted: 4:54 am on February 9th
2manyideas writes: It's so wonderful to read such heartfelt comments ... it really makes me smile inside! I'm still playing with the fabric and design. I'm actually leaning towards making her a hat. I know, it's ambitious, but I've never done a hat before so it would be my first one! Mom loves hats, she is such a hat junkie. I can imagine her wearing it and it would look so cute on her little 5 foot 95 pound frame (yes, Mom is that tiny ... did they always make tiny people back then?!). I have the most fun Vogue vintage hat patterns ... hmmmm. I probably have enough fabric to do a hat and scarf come to think of it. I need to ponder this more.
Posted: 2:17 am on February 3rd
gracie_girl writes: The scarf would be lovely, and I'm sure she would feel very honored. My love of crafts, sewing, knitting and crochet came from my Mom as well, and I can appreciate the time spent in passing on that love. Also, check the dollar store for a brooch. My daughter found a lovely rhinestone one for me at Dollerama last Christmas.

Wearing something someone has made for you is like wearing a hug! She'll love your thoughtfulness.
Posted: 3:13 pm on February 2nd
OrahLee writes: You are so blessed to have this time with your mother. Cherish it and make the scarf ---- she will recognize the fabric and love you the more for the great gift --- besides it will be smashing !!!!!
Posted: 3:46 pm on February 1st
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