Plus size eco dyed vest

I used to make my own and my children’s clothes, so it’s nice to get back into sewing garments! However, this time round I’m making them to sell, not to keep.

Here, I’m making the best use of an odd shaped remnant. Plus size eco dyed vest, trimmed with vintage silk binding and appliqué, and grosgrain ribbon ties.

Stitching in the morning sun

I dusted off my needle felting machine after more than a year, and selected some eco dyed wool and silk scraps. After bonding them together,  I laid down leftover threads from other projects in a semi random way, along with some upcycled satin ribbon and eco dyed lace.

Here’s how it looked after the layers were bonded together – I really like the way the ribbon ruches up when you needle felt it!

I then played with some stitched embellishment. This is how it looked after I machine quilted the whole piece with automatic and free motion stitching.

My beautiful black computerised Singer sewing machine really came into its own!

Love the way the sun projected the lace curtain shadow onto our dining table …

Now to cut up the finished piece to turn it into fibre pendants. More soon!

before and after

transformed – a long sleeved t-shirt and a lace tablecloth (both originally white) become a boho jacket after altering, repurposing and eco dyeing

mended straps tell a story

just put out for sale – an eco dyed vintage cotton lawn lace-trimmed slip dress (small)