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Alli_Lucy
« on: December 29, 2007 08:36:28 AM »

This camisole started its (2nd) life on the discarded underwear (ew) rack at the thrift store.  I've been drawn to feminine, romantic clothes lately, so I decided to rescue it.  When I bought it (for 99 cents), it was an ivory color.  Inspired by various etsy sellers who recon vintage slips and camisoles, I dyed it this lovely dusty blue.  Then I embroidered on the little sparrow and added the buttons and ribbon. 

Cami on me:


Cami on a hanger, with slightly better lighting (I'm sorry that this isn't flipped - for some reason it won't rotate without distorting the image):


Detail of embroidery.  It is one of Aunt Martha's "Birds for Various Uses" patterns (slightly modified).  I wanted it to be delicate, so I used stem stitch pretty much everwhere, with a single strand of navy blue floss.


Detail of vintage mother-of-pearl buttons.  I adore mismatched buttons (again, I'm getting that weird image distortion.  Grrr!):


I'm so in love with this shirt - it might be my favorite thing I've ever made.  Thanks for letting me share!
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2007 09:00:05 AM »

Very pretty! I love it.
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2007 09:06:54 AM »

Very pretty! Good ideas all together. And You saved one more thing from a landfill!
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2007 10:35:53 AM »

awww. this is very cute.
Most camisoles are very plain; this one feels so wintery.
The bird makes it.
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2007 12:42:28 PM »

That's very beautiful. I've seen camis at Ragstock for a few dollars and I've always wanted to make something out of them since they're very lacy and feminine (and so unlike what I usually am like!). This has inspired me - I'll have to bug the boyfriend to take me on a trip to Ragstock again. Cheesy Great work, and the bird is really cute.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2007 12:59:32 PM »

what did you use to dye it? i was under the impression that most home-based dyes work best on 100% cotton, but i might have lied to myself. i buy a lot of used (ew!) slips myself and transform them into camis, and i LOVE that color that you came up with. actually, i just love the whole thing. it is amazing and i am jealous.
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2007 04:59:54 PM »

This is so pretty and delicate! I love how you added the embroidery - it totally brought it together. Great job!  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2007 07:14:15 PM »

How beautiful and well embroidered! Great job!
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Alli_Lucy
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2007 07:50:19 AM »

what did you use to dye it? i was under the impression that most home-based dyes work best on 100% cotton, but i might have lied to myself.

I just used regular RIT from the grocery store.  The cami took the dye fine (as did a rayon full slip that I dyed at the same time).  I left it in for only a minute or so to get the soft color.  The lace didn't dye, but I like the look of the ivory lace on blue. 

Thanks for the comments!
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2007 08:52:14 AM »

erm... must click "this rocks" on this one. as it clearly does.

what a wonderful item of clothing... not only a lovely recon (I too have an affection for mismatched buttons) but a fine piece of embroidery as well. I'm inspired Smiley

now I just need to make some warm clothing, to be honest...

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