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Inspired by "Heather"...and a few vintage things!

Posted by Lynn Jeffries on

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I was absolutely thrilled when I was contacted by my friends at Shabby Fabrics to work with Jennifer Bosworth's new fabric line "Heather" by Maywood Studios! 

I'll share my other projects with this gorgeous fabric, but I just finished up the sweet dress in the photo and I just couldn't wait to share it!  Why do I love vintage style so much?  "A picture is worth a thousand words!"  Yes, this is me in my 1950s vintage dress with a "Bertha" or Cape Collar!  My Mother did love to show me off in pretty dresses, especially since she had two (ornery :-) ) boys before her baby girl arrived! 


Is it any wonder that I couldn't resist buying this vintage dress at an antique store?  I didn't realize at the time how similar it was to my own little dress...cape collar....belt loops and a sash! 

So, with all this inspiration, I got busy drafting up a pattern and I just absolutely love the results!  I have to admit, it wasn't easy finding information on drafting a cape collar but I have a "vintage" pattern drafting book and there it was!!  Up until that point, I had no idea the collar was called "Bertha!"  (Which by the way, was the name of the neighbor Lady across the "road" from our family home!)  Just for fun I added a little covered button I had made from a vintage handkerchief.  The eyelet trim is also from my stash of vintage trims.

"Heather" was also the inspiration for my latest pattern, The Alice Dress and Romper!

                                 (Photography by Melissa VerHulst, Stylish Little Divas Photography)

The Alice Dress and Romper Pattern will be the featured pattern in a Sew-Along beginning on July 31st.  Join the Alice Sew-Along Facebook Group after purchase!

Still a little more beauty to share with you!  The Tea Party Dress in "Heather" is absolutely stunning...a match made in Heaven!  The lovely people at Shabby Fabrics have put a Tea Party Kit together with our paper pattern so you can easily make your own beautiful dress!

I think my Mother would be pleased with my little project and it brought back so many good memories...I can still see her at the sewing machine making my doll dresses!

Well, that's it for now...I have more "Heather" fabrics to create with!!

xx Lynn




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  • Oh Lynn the photo is beautiful of you. I can remember the joy which our mothers had dressing us up for special occasions.

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