Friday, February 11, 2011

Labor of love

A couple of weekends ago I attended the Vintage Clothing and Textile show in Burbank. While meandering around I spied some crazy quilt fabric peeking out of a sales rack. I pulled out the dress and seeing that it had "good bones" decided to buy it. I knew it would be way too big for me, but I thought maybe I could reuse the fabric in some other way.  I've always loved crazy quilts...I relate to their sporadic, quirky nature.

Once I got home, I checked inside for labels and discovered it had been made in Milan, Italy by Myricae for Saks Fifth Avenue.  It was a size 16- too large and long but I was determined to save the dress and keep it for me!  Those of you who know me know that tailoring is not my forte, but I created some additional darts in my non-technical, funky way and it worked out just fine.

It's a happy dress, don't you think? The fabrics are so fun to look at and the 100% cotton is a substantial weight with a nice muslin lining.  I don't know how old the dress is, but I'm guessing the 60s.

A friend recently gifted me her mother's crazy quilt top from the 30s.  It's wonderfully colorful and done in cold rayon.  I'm looking forward to working with it once I decide what to do.  Something crazy, I'm thinking.  :)


  1. ahhh that quilt is sooo cool! I would love to see more of it some day. xo!

  2. JEALOUS....!!! LOVE it...and it's adorable on you. nicely done!

  3. Thanks, Frances.
    Tanis, well another reason you, Joe and Maisie need to come for a visit.
    Karol- Thank you, my friend. :)

  4. I love the are so cute! x

  5. Hey Gina! Thanks for stopping by. :)


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