Thursday, 19 February 2009

Basket Case


I needed somewhere to keep my "sofa craft" - knitting and embroidery - but rather than make yet another bag/pouch/folder/roll, I thought I'd use this picknick basket which has been living under the bed in the spare room.


I've had it for years, and it's been used for a multitude of things, including the transportation of food, and so the lining was a bit too manky for my lovely yarns and threads. After deliberating for days and days as to which lining would look best, I was suddenly struck by some inspiration when I spied Madge in the corner wearing one of Gertie's Dresses.


A picknik dress for a picknik basket. Now don't get me wrong. If this dress wasn't too small for me - and i've even been on a diet to try to fit into it, I would be wearing it! The next best thing, is to be able to gaze regularly at it's beautiful fabric.


And it just looks so perfect in the basket! I'm exceptionally pleased with how it turned out!


When using fabric from Gertie's clothes, I always make something for Miss T who gave me the dresses. Gertie was her grandma.


And what better to remind one of one's grandma, than the smell of Lavender.

17 comments:

Crazy Bird said...

What lovely fabric! And that lavender sachet is gorgeous.

Fancy Elastic said...

gorgeous fabric... good job on the basket.

x

Vonnie said...

Beautifully done!

Billie Jane said...

Oooh I love vintage baskets and vintage dresses too... brilliant combination!

Gina said...

What lovely fabric. It looks perfect in the basket.

Indigo Blue said...

Lovely fabric! The basket reminds me of Dorothy in the wizard of Oz.

jellybelly*jellybrain said...

Oh my! How long did you hover over the fabric with the scissors before making that first cut?!
Lovely outcome though :o)

jennyflower said...

I'm sure Gertie would have been very pleased to see such a lovely use for her frock. I too like having nice storage for my sewng bits......hmmmm muses on next swap theme?! xx

CurlyPops said...

What a sweet way to re-use a dress. It looks perfect as a basket lining.

Kitty said...

That fabric is stunning - you did a great job. x

dottycookie said...

OOoh, that is perfect fabric for a very gorgeous basket. Years and years ago I made a picnic basket, and I use it for crafty stuff now too!

Taz said...

That is gorgeous fabric.

peppermintpatcher said...

Nice work on the basket. The fabric is just perfect.

joannabags said...

clever

Jo Power said...

Wow lovely dress but agree that if you can't get into it recycle elsewhere and what a lovely place to use it.

Berlin Deluxxe said...

Repurposing beautiful things is always great. What lovely sachet and basket liner.

Moogsmum said...

Ooh your basket looks gorgeous. What a perfect place to keep your sewing :-)

I love the lavendar sachet too - what a beautiful reminder of Gertie.

xxx