Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

Lovely Linen~

linen shoulder bagyesterday I was able to do some ‘fun’ sewing ~ I know, I know…there are a couple of projects that I should be working on but sometimes the want to’s just so easily rule out the have to’s… {sorry Amber}

linen shoulder bag

Mr T. and I were shopping in our favorite 2nd Hand store on Monday.  This is the store where I buy most of my ‘linens’ that I sew into my fun, vintage{y} aprons.  I noticed that the prices seems to be going up…so sad!…I even asked the owner and she confirmed it…so, so sad!!  Then I spotted this several-yard roll of 70’s gold/orange/green {which is continually ‘growing’ on me} and I just knew that it was nice and I needed it.  Poor Mr T. had this look of, “that’s not really going home with us”…then there was an audible confirmation of ‘the look’.  …poor, poor Mr T. ~ the things that he has to live with.

linen goodness

After removing the RED duct tape from from the roll of fabric, I read what was on the selvage and noticed that it was imported linen.  Oh my!  The feel and the look of this linen is spectacular.  It was so wonderful to work with and I need to put it to work in a fun variety of ways….

The more I sew with vintage fabrics I notice that linen is a favorite and it comes in such a variety of weights and textures.  It almost makes me get a bit giddy when I work with it.  Any seasoned seamstress knows exactly what I’m talking about.   Don’t you????  I need some validation here when I get a little crazy-in-the head.


September 17, 2009 - Posted by | glorious fabric, sewing, vintage


  1. I don’t sew, but I do love clothes. Right this minute I am wearing a very heavy weight linen skirt, with sewn in pleats. I bought it 1/2 price, and thought I’ll worry about ironing it when I need to. Anyway, this linen is so heavy, that when I wash it (in the machine, on cool), I just hang it up straight from the machine. The pleats fan out, but it does not look wrinkled (honest). (There is a photo of my skirt on dressingmyself.wordpress.com, of course.)
    Now, you could not do that with a lighter weight linen.
    So I can imagine how much fun it would be to work with these different fabrics.

    Oh – and I love the colours in your apron.

    Comment by dressingmyself | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. Oh sweet Elaine, I understand!!! Fabric can suck you in and you just HAVE to have it, and that vintage roll you got is asbolutely gorgeous!! It is speaking to me!!

    I can see cushions made from it, they will sit on a orange vinyl sectional lounge, in a sunked great room with green shag pile carpet, there is an afghan hound lazing on the floor, some Moody Blues playing on the record player and you are welcoming guests for a Fondue Party with a Martini in one hand and a long stemmed ciggy holder in the other (that bit’s yuk but you get the pictures!!) Saying .”Welcome Daaaahling”…

    …See, I told you, it REALLY was speaking to me :)!!!!
    Love the bag btw , its fabulous!!
    Hugs from Yerfrendfrumdownunda

    Comment by jenny | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  3. Elaine so glad you shared these with us!!! love the old timey calender..you are to much..details are everything.

    Comment by Jennifer | September 20, 2009 | Reply

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