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Poppy dress from vintage tablecloth - WW1 commemoration

Added Aug 23, 2014

by Irina Schwab

Aylesbury, Unite...






I have made the poppy dress to display at the local World War 1 commemorative event.

I have used a girls’ dress pattern and adapted it for adult size. The dress features vintage lace on sleeves and hems and wooden buttons at the back.

More about the significance of this dress and other leather poppy accessories (handmade) on my blog www.dreamdressuk.com

Leather sandals, top shop
Leather poppy necklace and ring by Maria Antonescu

Material Notes

cheesecloth (vintage recycled hand sewn tablecloth)




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Romantic, Ethnic

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    Aug 24, 2014, 02.56 PMby cris orange

    This is such a sweet dress, and I love the idea that you recycled an old tablecloth! You are inspiring me, because I also inherited such old beautiful things and want to give them a new life by making dresses of them :-)

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    Aug 24, 2014, 04.33 AMby schnui

    This dress is beautiful as well as being very significantly special. My Grandfather was one of those soldiers on the Flanders fields and he talked about the poppies and how they were the only beautiful thing remaining. I think the poppies gave those men and women hope in such atrocious conditions. Thank-you for sharing your lovely dress and the story on your blog.

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      Aug 24, 2014, 05.58 AMby Irina Schwab

      Amazing… to hear these stories from someone who was there. Thank you for sharing that, too. I am so happy when someone fully understands the significance of this event. My dress is only a modest tiny tribute.

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    Aug 24, 2014, 03.37 AMby IDia

    This looks realy sweet! LOVE the details and accesories! And YOU Look very sweet!

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    Aug 23, 2014, 10.09 PMby liliv-1

    Nice idea to adapt this pattern and the result is very beautifull and romantic, you look as cute as a litte girl

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      Aug 23, 2014, 11.23 PMby Irina Schwab

      This pattern has proved so popular, I sold three if girls’ version, all 3 to US. It is quite similar with the Romanian popular port.

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    Aug 23, 2014, 09.19 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    This is so unique and lovely Irina! – and a great idea!!

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      Aug 23, 2014, 11.21 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you! I was so keen to get this project done and photographed before rain started again, I forgot to “clean” it, there are threads hanging all over it!! I promise I will tidy it up soon!

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      Aug 24, 2014, 06.51 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      I don’t think it shows…! Don’t worry – Be Happy :-)
      Love your blog too!

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