At an estate sale some time ago I acquired a box of vintage embroidered linens, mostly pretty pillowcases. But there were a few odds and ends as well, one of which was a dresser scarf or table runner. You know the type I mean--sort of long and narrow with the identical design embroidered on each end, like this beauty which is available through Etsy shop WoodandLace:
I rummaged through my pattern stash and found a toddler's jumper pattern which I used to get some basic proportions. Then I cut the scarf out, maintaining as much of the original lace trimmed edging as I could. The rest I loosened with my trusty seam ripper and saved to re-attach after sewing the shoulder seams and adding some bias-tape ties. The neckline was simple. I snipped each corner, folded the edges under, ironed them down, and top-stitched them.
The whole project was done in an afternoon, and I was quite pleased with the result. So pleased, in fact, that I got inspired the next day to make a coordinating simple peasant-style dress in a pretty spring-green gingham. I had a super-easy old pattern with no buttons, zippers, or darts. During the next couple of days I worked on it sporadically, and here is the result:
|Pinafore has the same design front and back! Can't wait to see my granddaughter in this.|