Awhile back I bought a Strawberry Shortcake sewing pattern for a sun suit. (It cost $0.25 and came from the basement of someone selling off boxes her aunts old patterns. What a find!)
Then a few weeks later I saw over on Kojo Designs a series on coloring your summer. For some reason that series got me to thinking about the summers of my childhood. All those memories were filled with warmth, and sunsets, and the smell of grass.
It was during this time we were putting together the items for our vintage crafters challenge and in our pile of goods I found this great ivory and golden flowered sheet and some pieces of olive colored lace from a vintage napkin. Immediately I knew what I wanted to make….that Strawberry Shortcake sun suit in the colors of my memories.
Is it weird? Sure. But I lOVE it. Seeing her wear it takes me back to my old house, to my old yard when everything seemed perfect and summer lasted forever. And it reminds me that I want to create those magical summers for my children.
So what of my trip down childhood lane was thrifted?
#1. The pattern.
#2. The green lace (left over scraps from napkins I bought 4 for $1).
#3. The fat quarter of sheet (used for the ruffles at the top and bottom).
Enjoy the weekend. Find some great yard sales and happy thrifting!
PS: One last note—When I use thrifted or vintage items I often mix them with new materials as well. Like here, the mustard fabric is new while everything else (including the design) is vintage. I think that the mixing of items has the potential to make your finished project a lot more fun and a lot more individualized.