It is Sew For Victory time! I am joining a group of Forties enthusiasts in sewing an outfit reminiscent of that era.
Whilst my outfit is still in the planning stage, it has got me thinking about how scarce fabric would have been during the rationing years. As I became a quilter before I became a dressmaker I have always been loathe to throw away even the tiniest scrap of fabric. Scrap quilts were my first love when I began, tentatively, to sit down with a needle and thread whilst my newborn took a nap, and I love seeing how much I can get out of any fabric that passes my way.
I think I had three metres of blue linen to make my Colette Peony.
With the leftovers I made a skirt as a birthday gift for my daughter's friend.
Now I am really left with scraps! I still can't bear to throw the pieces out so have made this flower.
The button is from my charity shop button tin. I'm not sure quite what it will embellish yet. I think I may try and squuuueeeeze out a small bag from what is left of the linen!
Thank you Rochelle for reminding me of those ladies who perfected the make do and mend ethos.