Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Vintage Reconstruction

The items you are looking at are vintage pieces that I have reconstructed, and have been listed in our online store today! Also new in the store  are some excellent vintage finds that I felt were perfect as is. Stop on by the store to see what's new for summer!

The first piece is a blue vintage cardigan. The cardigan is made out of acrylic and is just about the softest sweater I have laid my hands on. As beautiful as it was, I felt it needed something more. I decided to add a delicate vintage handkerchief to the back with a basic sewing machine using white thread.

This sailboat blouse was originally a dress from the 1970's by Jeanne Durrell that extended past the knee. From the original the length was shortened tremendously and was hemmed with navy blue thread. From there red vintage buttons were hand sewn on to the cuffs to add a decorative feel, and to also secure the cuffs placement. 

This adorable prairie dress was originally three quarter sleeved and the length extended past the knee with the same trimming you see on the collar. From the original the sleeves were removed and the length was shortened. The armholes are unfinished, but were originally sewn with an over lock machine and that seam is now exposed. The hem is completely unfinished, a raw edge that will fray a bit over time, but is necessary unless you wish to add trimming on to the end due to the sheerness of the dress.  

This last reconstruction piece listed today was a simple sweater vest . From the original a vintage scarf was draped on the left side of the chest to create a flower type design. The fabric was hand sewn to secure the design properly with chocolate brown thread.


The outfit at hand was photographed by Jaime Wong, Raggedy Threads Vintage Shop Store Owner. The intention and look of the photograph was to capture the style of the Dashiki rather than the denim paired underneath. Be sure to give Raggedy Threads online shop a look at www.raggedythreads.etsy.com!