Friday, October 7, 2011

A Vintage Handkerchief Skirt

We love vintage hankies.  Each one is a different work of art whether it is a cheerful store-bought print or a gift of someone's time and talent with needle and thread.  We've put them in bowls and baskets, draped them from drawers and tucked them under china.  

This week we decided to shake things up a bit.  We took one of our dress forms and this lovely stiff black mesh fabric that we found...

using safety pins we fastened the mesh to the form and (with the assistance of a fold here and a pin there) fashioned a skirt form.
To this form we used ribbon to tie each hankie to the mesh, overlapping them.  This way, it should be very easy for a customer to remove them if he or she wants to take some home!

We used some of the stamped fabric ribbon that we carry in our shop (handmade by a delightful woman in Canada) to fashion a waist-band.

 Can you guess what we used as a scarf?

Here is our finished project: