On Wednesday afternoon, a young friend came round for a couple of hours whilst her Mum was busy elsewhere. She brought Lucy with her. So we got out the machine and made Lucy a new dress [and some pink knickers, as she was seriously lacking in underwear!]
I was careful to cut the pattern against the hem, so we could incorporate the satin binding.
Lucy is NOT the same shape as American Girl Dolls, so we had to create the pattern from scratch. However we did label it carefully and it has gone into my file, in case Lucy visits again with her owner.
My other bit of recycling last week was to make myself a new ironing board cover. I've been given a bag of 'transferwork' pieces. These were really popular in the first half of the 20th century. You either bought a ready printed piece of cloth, or brought the transfer sheets and ironed them on. Then you spent your evenings embroidering traycloths, table cloths, pillow cases, napkins, and more. Injured WW2 soldiers were often given them as therapy during convalescence! Popular patterns included flowers, the 'Willow Pattern' and crinoline ladies.
In my bag was a large linen tablecloth. Clearly very old [price tag in shillings and pence] but sadly the pattern had faded in some places, and was badly smudged in others.
I gave it a good wash, and re-pressed it. The transfer faded quite a bit with the wash.Then I carefully measured out a piece to make a new cover for my board. I put the fabric pattern side down, but it doesn't show through.
The current one is exactly 3 years old, and I felt like a change. Somehow I think this ecru linen looks more French Country Chic. Perhaps I ought to replace my plastic laundry basket with a lovely linen-lined wickerwork one?
This one is rather lovely - but £45 is definitely an unjustifiable expense!