Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Up above the streets and houses, rainbow climbing high.
On returning from my holiday, I was catching up with blog posts when I stumbled upon the Repurpose, Reuse, Refashion competition via CharityShopChic, which is being run by Sew Amy Sew. There was only a week to go before items had to go up on the Flickr page so I thought I would be unlikely to enter. Still, it was the Bank Holiday weekend and we happened to go to my favourite charity shop town by the sea, and I thought I would only rush to enter if I could find something that I really, really wanted to refashion.
Kerching! I found this duvet cover for £1.50 and instantly fell in love. I was convinced this duvet cover is a print of the opening sequence of one of my favourite childhood television shows, Rainbow, but a quick search on YouTube proved me wrong. It is uncannily similar though.
The front section contains the rainbow, whereas the back of duvet cover is all clouds and sky.
It did leave me with another dilemma though, I loved the rainbows, I loved the trees, but they couldn't all fit into a dress. Hence another day umming and ahhing and the deadline loomed.
Eventually, I opted for the rainbows and cut the fabric just above the tree line. I had to do a very narrow hem to keep the length that I wanted. The bodice of the dress is the Colette Peony. The skirt is just the front and back section of the original duvet cover.
The back of the dress is made up entirely of the back of the duvet as the 'sky' was a little lighter on the back section. I like how all the detail is in the front and how the back gives someone walking behind me a false sense of security that the person in front of them is not unhinged!!!
I have teamed the dress with a petticoat I made previously, together with the shoes I wore to my wedding ten years ago.
I love my new dress, and whilst wearing it outside it seemed to want to join its friends in the sky!