Scrap Happy – Linen

Big Petticoat

This human -sized Linen Petticoat – worn, torn, and stained…

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Lace and insertion

…was cut up and transformed. Insertion scraps carefully unpicked, washed and saved by my mother-in-law, were stitched on between the bodice and skirt, and some pretty broderie anglaise was added to the hem…

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Little petticoat

…of a little petticoat.

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Pair of Bodies

The outer layer of a “pair of bodies” came out of another corner of the linen petticoat. The inner Layer is another scrap of coarser linen…

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Quilt Batting

…and I used a scrap of quilt batting leftover from my Provençal quilt to make an inner layer of padding for the bodies.

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seamed

The padding was trimmed so it could be overcast flat across the linen seams, and basted to the coarse linen.

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pinned

The linen/padding sandwich was pinned in place onto the uncut fine linen…

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Quilting

…and I started quilting to simulate boning channels. The fine linen will be cut to shape after quilting.

I plan for it to end up looking like a 17th Century pair of bodies (stays, or corsets) with quilted channels, shoulder straps, eyelets for lacing up the back, and a silk ribbon binding. The bodies need to be made of material that pins can stick into, because although the recipient will eventually have a tied-on petticoat and pocket, the rest of the outfit (gown and stomacher) will get pinned into place.

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Under dressed

Lady Frances is a little envious of Esmée, and tired of waiting for her under wear. Unfortunately I have not finished it in time to show it to you this month, but it is coming along, if slowly.

The Hittys think I should stick to clothing that fits 6 1/2 inch dolls as it is much quicker… and they note that there is lots of linen still available in unworn areas of the original petticoat.

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ScrapHappy is a group of bloggers using up scraps of anything – no new materials…Anything made of genuine scraps is eligible, and posts come out once a month on the 15th! If you like the idea and want to join the group, contact Kate or Gun who devised and run this group.  Their blogs are the first two links below:

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30 thoughts on “Scrap Happy – Linen

  1. Esmée and Lady Frances look lovely in their linen petticoats and I can’t wait to see how the stays will turn out! I’d love a pair for myself too 😉 Thank you for making me smile again today 😀

  2. I’m glad she already has her chemise. It annoys me when I see period dramas featuring ladies in their stays with no chemise underneath. So inauthentic and frankly insanitary! Such a beautifully-executed use of lovely scraps. Her ladyship will be extremely well dressed when the time comes. What does her mantua-maker plan for the outer layer?

  3. These “bodies” are amazing, Kjerstin! While I don’t agree with the Hittys that you should stick with their sized clothing, I have to agree that there might be enough left over for them! Judith

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  4. You continually amaze me with your creativity and ability to accomplish to perfection your ideas. I can hardly wait to see the end result. Precious!

  5. I am surprised that the rather imperious Lady Frances has allowed you to neglect her wardrobe?! I am sure that sweet Esmee’ will wait patiently while you see to the grande dame!! Love seeing how that corset is being created!

  6. Oh Kjerstin–What a perfect day the girls are having here–walking in the snow, reading a favorite book, and playing Scrabble. My idea of a perfect day! Wherever did you find that Hitty-sized scrabble game? Judith ________________________________

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