10 November 2008

Sewing as a displacement activity

another one

Yup, I made another one.

More clothes from other peoples' old sheets. And this one doesn't have dubious stains on it, so, you know, BONUS!

Kidding! (I mean, the other ones don't have worrying stains actually, that's what I mean by kidding. ALL of my old sheet other folks' castoff bedclothes cool vintage linens clothing items are CLEAN and FREE OF HIDEOUS GERMY STAINS).

I think I'll stop there.

Except to say ... the pattern is Burda 8879 for those who care about such things.

Oh, and also to say that the person who left a comment asking if s/he could ask me questions about Steiner/Waldorf education but left no email address, the answer is yes of course you can. My email address is over there, --> top right. Go for it.

20 comments:

fifi said...

oh thank god for that

* she says, crawling to a standing position having fallen into a swoon of disappointment at not winning a prize*


there could be very embarrassing conversations. I certainly could not be wearing any of my nasty old bedclothes. For a start, they would be see-through.

*writes note to self: buy new sheets*

SewHum said...

You know...I think I have the matching pillow case to your sheet.
I just made a babushka doll with it (well nearly - she needs stuffing)

tut-tut said...

Very cool perspective, too.

CurlyPops said...

Oooh it's lovely...
I can't go past a vintage bedsheet..once it's been soaked and washed, it's just as good as new.
I often wonder why most of the vintage sheets were floral prints and these days, they're mostly plain. Just think, in 30 years time, is anyone going to covet a plain 2008 bedsheet?

Frogdancer said...

This summer I'm going to learn to make skirts. I need to.I'm running out of clothes to wear to work. The last time I bought clothes ewas about 3 years ago.

I bought a book about making skirts without patterns. I don't know if starting this way is very clever or very foolish...

Gina said...

What great patterned fabric... doesn't look like it was ever a sheet!

Jodi said...

oh what a wonderful idea especially for the long hot summer we are in for. If only I could sew.....then maybe i wouldn't have been so hasty in giving Grandads sheets to the Op-shop. But my sister salvaged some white ones to make a Tipee! Yay!

meggie said...

I have just had a wonderful time, catching up on all your lovely posts! All your crafty doings. All your wonderful photos.

Kylie said...

I love how you described the old bed sheets - It is something that I often think about (as our oppy here wraps them up in plastic - so it really is a mystry sheet until it gets home!)

Love the skirt - I am going to have to get myself down to Spotlight and buy it.

Stomper Girl said...

There's an old spiderman sheet going begging apres-fete at our school, should I grab it for you? A spiderman skirt could be hella-cool.

blackie said...

haha. I don't usually think about the lives of things I buy from op shops but darn it now I will! lovely cool blue print for summer.

Blue Mountains Mary said...

that skirt makes me happy.

Those shoes make me happier.

You'd like the Blue Mountains you know...

docwitch said...

I Likey! And I will check out the Burday pattern too (I'm one who cares about such things, most definitely). And I very much like the cut of that A-line you've been making.

As far as displacement activities go, sewing is certainly high on the list. I sew when I feel the urge to scream or drink. It's a generally less hazardous pursuit despite the employment of needles.

Jean said...

I like your use of the vintage linens, they are getting a new life now. This would look great with a peasant style blouse. I noticed most of the peasant style blouses are synthetic (not my favorite). It would also look great with a light weight sweater.

eurolush said...

I'm jealous that you're actually making things with your vintage linens.(Cute skirt!) Mine are all sitting on a shelf in a closet, dejected and forlorn.

I'm like a crazy old woman who hoards things but never uses them. I save glass jars and tinfoil. I haven't thrown out a newspaper in 16 years. I share my home with 22 beautiful, fuzzy kitties.

Those are just my hobbies, though.

It's the linens that are the real problem.

Jen said...

I haven't sewn a stitch since we moved in July, and daily, it pricks at me until I bleed fresh guilt.

Penthe said...

Do you think a person with very rudimentary sewing skills could make it? e.g. it takes me a long time to figure out how to thread the sewing machine, but I can put bits of fabric together the right way more often than not (even if takes a few goes).

The cut is exactly what I want. Also I like your shoes immensely.

Wendy said...

How fun! I finally find time to stop by today and I get to see a darling skirt you made. I love to look at your site when we're headed into completely opposite seasons. Loving autumn here, but your skirt lets me daydream about spring sewing projects.

Also, have you heard Susie Sunshine's story of wearing a skirt made of "cool vintage linens" and running into the previous owner(her neighbor) while wearing it?

Victoria said...

The skirt looks so rad!!
I didn't think they had nasty stains on sheets in the 70s..

Victoria said...

But then, we also use opshop towels here, because I like the designs.
I don't buy underwear from the opshop though.