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Hedgehogs are In!

Not long ago while on my lunch hour, I stopped in to have a look round the Quilted Forest.  I’ve never been much into quilting, but I do find tremendous inspiration in the beautiful fabrics I see there.  People are so talented and it’s always exciting to see what interesting ideas others come up with.

While shopping I came across a charming collection of fabrics that included an adorable hedgehog.  I was told that hedgehogs are “really in” … something I never would have known, but for being told.  I had to have the hedgehog fabric!  I picked up two additional companion pieces and some jumbo rickrack that seemed to go with it.    I had no particular idea in mind, but thought perhaps it would make a cute little dress… if I could find the right pattern.   Over the next couple of months I did find a suitable pattern and was ready to go once I could find a block of time to work.  With today being a holiday I set out this morning to see what I could come up with and here we have it.

Moda fabric collection

The biggest challenge, was to determine which pieces to use where.  I wanted the hedgehogs to play a prominent role in the design so I used that fabric for the back because it was in one piece and would thereby show off the fabric to full advantage.dress back

Then decisions were made about the piecing across the front.  It’s surprising how placement makes such a difference in the overall look and feel of a garment, but it really does and therefore requires careful consideration.  Being a wrap dress, there are interior ties to help hold the dress in place.  Interior ribbon tiesOnce the dress was finished the rickrack was applied around the bottom.  Overall, I am pleased with the way it turned out.  The scale is a bit large for a child, but with the jumbo rickrack, I think it works.  I like the versatility of the pattern; I can see this with tights and a turtle neck for a Christmas dress or as a warm weather sundress.  Either way it’s adorable.dress completed

Child's dress

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Vogue 1862

Yves Saint Laurent Paris Original Design

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Paris Original Design

One thing that has recently become very apparent to me is that I need to reduce the numbers of sewing patterns I have in my collection.  I have been collecting since I began sewing around the age of  13 and that means I have many hundreds and perhaps even thousands of patterns taking up space.

Sorting through all my patterns has been a trip down memory lane.  I seem to remember everything I ever made and when.  I like that.  The pattern above was something I made while at university and I remember buying the fabric and making it up in my little apartment on Polk Street.  It’s hard to believe I ever wore my dresses so short, but we all did.  And those wedge shoes are back in style again.

I know that people are selling “vintage patterns” online and it would be nice to make a small return on this lifelong investment, so I decided to see what I could do.   I opened my store about a week ago and was quickly bitten by the bug.  I sold my first pattern on Sunday and another one today.  How cool is that?!

If you know of anyone who is in the market for vintage patterns, send them my way.  I will be adding new stock daily and have quite a selection from the 70’s and 80’s with a few from the late 60’s.

So far I am only shipping to US customers, because of cost of shipping internationally is prohibitive.   I thought I’d start locally to see how it goes with the thought of possibly expanding later.  Wish me luck! 🙂

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