The second issue of Classic Sewing has been released to subscribers and sewing shops. You know I just love antiques and vintage collectibles, and I wanted to share with you the dress I made for my granddaughter, which is featured in this issue.
I have a wonderful collection of vintage reproduction handkerchiefs that Lori Taylor of Dallas gave me when she had her design house, Taylor G. She always had the most wonderful embellishments to the garments she designed. I first saw her work in a boutique, where I spotted this wonderful linen outfit with handkerchiefs at the hem. (Hers were box pleated.) I just fell in love with this outfit. She has since gifted me with many hankie reproductions.
When I was dreaming of summer clothes for the magazine, I thought of those hankies and pulled them out. The summer colors were so bright and cheery. I thought back to that outfit Lori designed. I decided that this dress would be white but that instead of linen, I would use piqué.
I carefully cut the corners off, forming triangles, then made a chain of them and attached them to the hem. I took the remnants of the hankies and pieced together enough to make the collar ruffle and cover the buttons. You could take the same hankie corners and sew them to the hem of a linen blouse.
If you love to sew, you will love Classic Sewing. Kathy McMakin is a marvelous editor, and the sewing projects in this second issue will delight you. She has selected some amazing designs from the top people in the industry.