My friend's mother passed away awhile ago. One of the things my friend held on to are her mother's silk dresses, two Asian prints and one white wedding dress, plus a synthetic material dress covered in lace. Four dresses in total.
Her mother was the size of a doll and nobody else wanted the dresses, so I think she held on to them, waiting for inspiration.
Recently she asked me to make table runners out of the dresses. I am so honored to be asked to make these and I hope I can do them justice. There is something sort of tragic about taking apart an old dress because I can see all the work that went into making it. At the same time, I'm glad it's being reused. The two Asian print dresses (one is more of a kimono) were made by her mom, the wedding dress was professionally tailored and I believe the lace covered dress was store-bought.
Here are the dresses before seam ripping:
Close ups of the fabric, as well as the wrong side of fabric, which I have to say is almost as beautiful as the right side.
Another gorgeous print:
And close up:
The white silk wedding dress:
And the lace dress:
My friend wanted a geometric, modern pattern. She also wanted 4 table runners, one for her and each of her siblings. Here's the template that I came up with (and my toes):
And here's my stack of fabric all cut up, ready to start piecing it all together:
And here is the final runner, all pieced and simply quilted. I used the lace to bind them. They measure about 4 feet in length by 1 foot width.
Here's all four:
And here they are all rolled up and ready to deliver.
Next up: pillows from an old curtain.