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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / cashmere sweaters: ideas for reconstructing on: January 22, 2006 09:14:55 AM
I noticed a number of people have picked up great cashmere sweaters at thrift stores and other places, and wanted to know if there were good ways to recycle them into better pieces.  I've only got as far as cutting them up into their basic elements and am now looking for ways to recycle them.  I'm thinking that I just need some patterns and can sew the pieces back together.  But do I need a serger?

I love the designs on this site:

http://www.ekologic.com/catlog01/item.html?sku=5010

http://hipandzen.com/dlprbs.html

verycuriousgirl
2  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / sewwrong - vintage vogue and retro butterick patterns on: May 29, 2004 08:24:22 AM
I'm looking for vintage vogue and retro butterick patterns.  sewwrong.com's "mena" has made a couple of them -- check them out under projects here.  They have great tutorial/reviews and pictures of dresses and projects.

http://www.sewwrong.com/project-index.shtml

I went to the voguepatterns website and it looks like they don't make them anymore (they were re-issued in 1999)
Has anyone got any of these patterns or have suggestions about where I might find them?

I'd be happy to swap, too! - vcg
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / antique table linens on: May 28, 2004 05:47:24 PM
I've been collecting table linens with interesting cross-stitching for a long time.  I have now, quite a lot.  I use the tablecloths (although if they get stained, they are pretty hard to clean).  I'm thinking, now, that I'd like to do something interesting with them.  They aren't in perfect shape (since I do use them, and since they weren't in perfect shape when I picked them up in thriftstores etc.).  I've been thinking about reconstructing skirts out of them (although some of them are a little fragile), because anthropologie has all of those vintage-inspired embroidered things lately.  Any ideas for a 50s iinspired skirt or dress that might make use of vintage fabric and old cross-stitch?  Patterns that would work?


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