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Gowns Gowns Gowns

Since 1976 I have been making vintage scarf clothing. It was all the rage in the 70’s. I loved dyeing fabrics back then as well. I have been dyeing my patchwork scarf clothing ever since.

The fabrics scarves are made from has always attracted me. Shiny and lustrous, delicate and soft to touch, especially when they are made from silk, rayon or acetate. These fabrics dye beautifully.

In the last couple of years I discovered these fabrics also make really good ‘yo yo’s’ or ‘suffolk puffs’ as they used to be called. After being in the dye they take on lovely textured, dimensional shapes. I have also started using left over pieces as squares for appliques on the relaxed shapes of the patchwork tops.The appliques are sewn in a rustic style to the patchwork beneath.The vintage fabrics often have imperfections and I don’t want to throw away any scraps of the vintage fabrics. To me they are so precious and they make wonderful layers of colour when they are all together-I think?

I thought I would post some of my recent works. They may be of interest?



Well I have managed to sort the patterns into decades now. Shall start to photograph them next.

40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s to present. Didn’t know I had so many 60’s patterns. Oh dear! now what have I done?

Hi! This week I visited the Grace Kelly: Style Icon Exhibition, held at The Bendigo Art Gallery. Wow! What a woman she was.

The gowns, the dresses, the Wedding gowns, the film clips were very nostalgic for me and even sad. This was my forth trip to the  Bendigo  Art Gallery, to see clothing exhibitions.  The previous exhibitions were collections of clothing that had been worn by a number of people whom I did not know. Whereas, this current exhibition is made up of Grace Kelly’s own garments- a person I admired from afar and read about and enjoyed watching in movies and whom I grieved for when she passed.

I mostly loved the chiffon gowns especially the gown from ‘High Society’,  The way they were made and finished. The hemlines so delicate.

The gowns back then covered the body but were so diaphanous that the form underneath was implied in a very subtle way.

It really was worth the trip to Bendigo.