Friday, July 31, 2015

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Vintage Makeover!

Hi, all!

Friday!  Isn't that a wonderful word?  So much inspiration on the web rises to the surface on Fridays, and that's why it's my favorite day of the week! So if you're ready, let's get our whoop whoop on!!


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This week I have such a fun finish to share with you!  A couple of months ago, a friend of mine at church announced that she was finally getting a granddaughter, after three grandsons.  She brought me her vintage (circa 1970's) wedding gown and asked me to make a quilt, pillow, and garter for her new granddaughter.

The dress was made of polyester crepe de chine and polyester lace yardage - not your typical quilt material.  And she wanted me to only use the material from the dress if possible.   After deconstructing the dress and looking at the available fabric, I realized that there wasn't any place large enough to cut a 36" square, the bare minimum (in my mind) for a baby quilt.  So I asked her if I could purchase something for the back, and piece the top.  She said yes, and that made everything easy - sort of.  Crepe de chine isn't stretchy, but it does move around a lot!  I ironed stabilizer on the back to keep it from shifting around before I cut my pieces.  

OK, enough about the process.  Let's get to the pictures!


The first to be finished was the quilt.  It is made up of four different blocks - shiny side crepe de chine, dull side crepe de chine, seed-stitched lace over dull crepe de chine, and floral lace over shiny crepe de chine.


The seed stitching was done after piecing but before quilting.  The quilting is simple - just stitching in the ditch around each block.  No binding - I used lace from the wedding dress around the edges to finish it off.


Then came the pillow.  One larger piece of lace over shiny 
crepe de chine, and I did seed stitch once again 
over the plainer parts of the lace.


And finally, the garter.  This was new territory to me - I hadn't ever made a garter before - but I'm pleased with the way this came out.  I was excited to be able to use one of the tiny buttons from the dress as the center of the rosette on the garter!

And here's the trio, all together...


And some just generally pretty pictures!


It's all so beautiful together, isn't it?


I hope the new grandmother likes it too!!

So that's my big finish for the week - 
can I get a whoop whoop?

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And now it's your turn!

What are you whooping about this week?


What's got you dancing the happy dance?

Share - we REALLY want to know - 

And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight -

Hope to see you there!!

Hugs!

Sarah

29 comments:

  1. What a fun project. The result is so beautifu. You did a great job!

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  2. I love how you got creative and had fun with what could have been an overwhelming job for others of us! I am sure the lace was flying as you were making these beauties... I am glad they are finally getting their girl... wonder if she will get spoiled?? lol Cool to make heirloom items for someone not even born yet too! Kathi P. S. Thanks for the Linky every Friday :)

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  3. Very sweet! An heirloom from an heirloom. Gives me goose bumps!

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  4. You did an amazing job. It will be a gift that will always be treasured. I love the idea of the garter. I have some really old dresses from being in weddings as a little girl. I will have to research making the garter using these dresses.

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  5. Your VAST array of talents never fails to awe me…… The pieces are beautiful as well as the thought behind them!

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  6. The new grandmother will love that, it's gorgeous! I think there will be some tears when that gift is given.

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  7. Sarah, this is gorgeous! What a beautiful gift you created for this grandmother to give to her granddaughter. A treasure for sure! I am going to have to remember this idea.

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  8. Very creative, very courageous! I wouldn't have been able to put scissors to the dress. I hope you get pictures of the new babe swaddled in the quilt.

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  9. What an incredible and fantastic finish! It is gorgeous! Wow!

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  10. What a fabulous way to use a vintage wedding dress. I have mine from the same era, mostly polyester (what was I thinking?) and you have inspired me to get it out again. I cut it up some years back but never really did anything with the pieces. Thanks for the ideas!!

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  11. Wonderful idea and awesome finishes.

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  12. NEVER would I have imagined you could do all this with a slippery, lacy wedding dress--which is why mine's been hanging in the closet since 1975. Wow, what a coup, Sarah, and a beautiful, precious heirloom for this lady's granddaughter. And speaking of precious...Elmo and Jimmy dancing....awwwww!

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  13. NEVER would I have imagined you could do all this with a slippery, lacy wedding dress--which is why mine's been hanging in the closet since 1975. Wow, what a coup, Sarah, and a beautiful, precious heirloom for this lady's granddaughter. And speaking of precious...Elmo and Jimmy dancing....awwwww!

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  14. Absolutely lovely. Such inspired use of material and texture, and the seed stitch embroidery really adds interest. I'm sure the grandmother will love this set, and the baby will treasure it when she's old enough to understand. Well done!

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  15. Ever since I saw what you were planning on working on, I have been thinking about turning my wedding dress into a quilt. I probably will... someday. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration.

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  16. Whoop, whoop! What a darling repurposing. Love all three of them.

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  17. I was married in 1972 so I was a little taken back reading that the wedding dress from the 70's was vintage. Sometimes, I forget how long ago it was
    The quilt and pillow are amazing. The seed stitching was a perfect choice. The garter is a lovely idea. I bet that little girl will really be excited to use it on her wedding day. That grandma is really clever to think that far ahead.

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  18. Wow Wow and Wow, Such a beautiful set!

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  19. Well, Sarah, I think you really did it this time -- created a brilliant masterpiece(s)! I mean, how inspired is that to get four different looks or textures out of crepe de chine?! Whodathunk? YOU did! That is so very special, that set, and I'm sure your friend is just bowled over by it. WHOOP WHOOP!

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  20. Beautiful work! I am not sure I would have had the courage... but it turned out gorgeous!

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  21. Great job on the baby items. I'm sure they will be treasured for a long, long time.

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  22. Gorgeous! What a beautiful gift for your friends new granddaughter, you are so brave to create this, beautiful keepsake.

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  23. Amazing work! Just one question: what is the baby going to do with a garter? In fact, what does anybody do with a garter?

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  24. Sorry, I know, that was two questions! 😕

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  25. Whoop whoop indeed! I admired the quilt and pillow earlier this week, and now a garter too! What treasures you have created for that grandmother and granddaughter. Absolutely wonderful. :- )

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  26. Oh Sarah what a wonderful trio of heirloom memories. You did a terrific job on this project. Congrats on the beautiful finish.

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  27. Sarah, you did a great job on those special request items. I'm sure they will be pleased. How could they not?

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  28. That is really great. I'm not sure I would have been willing to tackle that project with those fabrics myself. Nicely done.

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