You can make do. I love how this is made to seem like a new idea. It’s not a new idea, we are just making do in a new way than what our parents or grandparents did. We repurpose! Sounds hip doesn’t it. Well many seem to think so and I am so happy that you all like the idea. Because that is what my whole business is based on, is making do and repurposing. And you know it is a passion of mine, finding new ways to use up some of that old stuff!
A comment was recently left asking me about cutting up these old fabrics. It is hard to do. Most of the linens, like the embroidered linens that I buy are not in perfect condition. There are holes and stains in so many of these pieces that I buy. So, I just lay out my pattern and make it fit. So on the new item that I am making you see only those little stitches of embroidery. We are all amazed at the work that someone else did and the time and love they put into their projects.
I do buy pristine pieces of linens too. Sometimes this is just what I need to make that dress or skirt. But more often, if I buy a vintage tablecloth and it is perfect, I will not cut it up. Those ones get used by me.
And my friend Gabreial at Vintage Indie let me know just this morning about how some others are making do too. Enjoy!