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Secondhand lace laurel

Added Apr 14, 2013

by cathytxtwfr

Ouidah, Benin






A laurel made from secondhand sheets and lace.

Here in Benin, old lace tablecloth/curtains are used everywhere: hairnets, coverings for food so flies don’t come in, privacy curtains at doors and windows, and more.

What I enjoy more is buying the lace. In the US, we throw out things that are in perfectly good condition, but where do they actually go? One answer is Africa, where our unwanted stuff is resold in piles on the streets here. It’s fun to “thrift” for the fabric here and then make something out of materials originally destined for the trash.

I bought a lace sheet and a curtain sheet to line it with, however since the lace was already heavy this dress is very thick and more suited for winter. I finished the edges with bias tape facing & added pockets because they’re just too useful to leave out.

I wrote more in my sewing journal here: http://cathywu.com/journal/treadling/2013/04/14/secondhand-lace-sheets-colette-laurel/


Fall, Winter
Cotton, Lace/Sequins

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    Apr 15, 2013, 04.46 AMby lucyl12

    Wowo waht Beautiful photos. I really like all your makes they are always so creative. I have to say too that I totally love the print of the skirt that the lady is wearing is the top photo too.

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      Apr 16, 2013, 01.04 PMby cathytxtwfr

      :) thank you! indeed, the lady has a lovely fabric wrapped around her waist

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    Apr 14, 2013, 02.37 PMby Mary Athey

    fab dress and i love the story behind it. great photos as well and your blogs so interesting x

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