When Liz & Elizabeth asked me to be a part of their Vintage Challenge, I was thrilled! I don’t usually work with vintage items, and thought this was a great opportunity to think outside of the box from what my usual creations tend to be. I admire their blog so much, and am always checking out their newest creations. Their eye for vintage, patterns, and photography lured me in, and I have been a supporter and follower ever since!
When I received my package, I was pleasantly surprised to see what it contained. Such an incredible variety of vintage items that it immediately got my creative juices flowing! I absolutely fell in love with the hand embroidered table runner, and it nearly broke my heart to cut it up! But it got me thinking, how could I use this embroidery to my advantage? And after looking at how frayed the edges had become, I no longer held back with the scissors – lol.
In keeping with Simple Simon’s favorite theme, Vintage, I give you the Vintage Challenge Jumper…
I found a gorgeous soft golden cotton that matched the embroidery on the runner exactly, and ran from there. Not colors I would typically work with, but they definitely come from another time. A time when kids ran free in fields of dandelions, and collected food from homemade gardens for dinner.
I used the runner for the bodice, and as much as it killed me – I cut the embroidered lady up so that I could fit pieces of her onto a matching belt, lining it with the vintage bias tape. The fat quarter I used for the handkerchief hair piece, lining that with the vintage lace trim. But by far, my favorite were the buttons. In order to bring them to life, I used a different method for the straps, using the bias tape as loops, and adding an additional embroidery stitch around the straps to make them look more vintage as well.
Altogether, I am really pleased with how this pattern turned out. I plan on using it again with more contemporary fabrics for a more modern, every day appeal!
For your free tutorial to create the Vintage Jumper, click HERE.
Thanks again for having me as part of your Vintage Challenge! I had a blast 🙂