Monday, July 30, 2012
Down Mexico Way
We've been trying to clean out a bit recently, and when she came downstairs with a few bags loaded for the thrift store, I naturally had to rummage through them to see what she was getting rid of. (Needless to say, she was doing the same thing with my boxes). Turns out she was getting rid of some old linens.
I have a weakness for old linens. And because I have to choose the most difficult thing to try to make work, the one piece that really called out to me (though I took 4 pieces) was a 1950s-60s era kitschy Mexican-themed tablecloth, square, 4x4, with several spots and a nice tear in it. But I loved the print and I wanted to try to save it.
I used Simplicity 5204, my TNT blouse pattern - it's a basic shape, doesn't use too much fabric, and it has vertical darts in the front which, as it turned out, could be finagled to lay right over the tear so that I could use the motifs around it. Somehow, I managed to cut the entire blouse from the tablecloth - I only had to piece the under collar and the very bottom of one of the facings. I do wish I'd been able to place the motifs a bit better, but again, the fabric limited what I could do. When I was finished, there weren't enough scraps to make a matching dinner napkin.
Once I got the blouse constructed, I knew I had to go further. The colors, while still good, were somewhat faded. I decided to indulge my latest obsession and got out the embroidery floss and outlined the motifs with red, yellow and green stitching. The final touch - little red buttons that look like candy.
And the result? It's kitschy - good grief, it's almost choking on its own kitsch - but it makes me smile. I think it'll be a rainy day top, something when I need a little brightening up.