Say It With Linens
A few years ago I bought some vintage raw silk yardage and a single-size linen sheet with gorgeous hem-stitching. I finally got around to turning them into pirate shirts for my daughter and son-in-law. I was able to incorporate the hem-stitching on shirttails, cuffs, and collar of the man’s shirt, and then I trimmed them out with vintage lace that I’ve had for 15 years.
Since I was making these “long-distance”, I couldn’t check with the recipients on fitting and on every little detail, so I told them to feel free to change whatever they wanted when they got them. They moved the lace from the man’s collar down to add another layer to the cuffs, but otherwise everything worked.
Of course if you look hard you can see the machine stitching, but I think that having the right fabric helps create a more authentic look. They wore these to the Renaissance Festival in our area, for Pirate Weekend. It makes me happy that two glorious pieces of fabric have been put to good use once more!
And, you might remember my big prize at the auction — two of my daughter’s friends have offered good homes to some of those linens. One girl is borrowing six damask tablecloths for her wedding – she doesn’t care that they are different sizes and patterns. The other girl asked for any fabric tablecloths and napkins that I didn’t want, so she can have reusable items instead of using paper all the time. It makes me really happy to see the younger generation realize the beauty and practicality of textiles.