Dragonfly pillowcase top

Friday, October 15, 2010

A few months back, I bought two pillowcases from an op shop for 50c each. I couldn't resist that irresistible dragonfly print.

I used one of the pillowcases to make a reusable food wrap, and had one pillowcase left.

I have seen plenty of childrens pillowcase dresses, which are really pretty of course, but had another idea to make my remaining pillowcase into a summer top.

Working pillowcases into clothing is nothing new:

"When World War Two broke out in 1939 much of Britain's industry was given over to the war effort. Soldiers needed uniforms, causing a shortage of fabric for civillian clothes. Women turned men's old overcoats into tweed skirts and matching jackets, and pillowcases became blouses and baby clothes."

*Taken from BBC's Wartime Fabric Shortages and Dior's New Look

Reworking my pillowcase into a top was a fairly easy task, I cut two arm holes, and made the neck into a 'drawstring'. I purchased some vintage lace from my local op shop for 20c, and utilised the elastic and thread I purchased from Salvos in Mornington this week. I am thrilled that the top is made from entirely thrifted materials! It is also reversible; I could it wear grey as the front, or grey as the back.



Vintage shoes - Mornington Salvos
Barkins skirt - Mordialloc Salvos
Pillowcase top - local op shop with materials from Salvos
Refashioned hat - Carrum op shop with thrifted mens necktie
Vintage tea cup and saucer - Mornington Salvos



ModestGirl said...

Love it! What a great idea!
By the way I became you 101th member! :O)

hed said...

No way! I was looking at the pillowcase and was like...a bag? But no, you had the creativity to make a top. I love it FMG :) Hed hed down under

Anonymous said...

Hey Erica that's great! I wish I could sew...

Jenny @SeaminglySmitten said...

Your refashions are so inspiring!!!

Light unto my path said...

I love this! Thank you for posting this!!

Unknown said...

Fabulous!!! I love the dragonflies too!

kellythom747 said...

I love shirts out of pillowcases- those are great!

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