Friday, August 01, 2008

birdhouse skirt

Any guesses about the origin of this skirt?


I found two window valences in a thrift shop last summer. Yes, the skirt had a previous life as a window dressing in someone’s kitchen! Funny, yes? It’s a clever fabric. I actually thought it was all appliqu√©d until I studied it more closely; the design is printed, and the manufacturer zigzag-stitched around each item in the print with a color-coordinated thread. The result is a dimensional, hand-stitched appearance that I love. And I think it’s just kitch-y enough without being over the top.


There is a second valence waiting for some other project, or for a second birdhouse skirt someday when this one is out-grown. I suspect that the donator of the valences would be somewhat surprised to see it running through through the backyard in this manner!

16 comments:

  1. That's the cutest, happiest thing I've seen all week. It made me think of the "Zip ah dee doo dah" song, "Mr Bluebird on my shoulder... my oh my, what a wonderful day!"

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  2. too cute...
    :0)
    and very clever!

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  3. oh it's much better as a skirt!

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  4. Oh I love this. SO so much. LOVE.

    I adore valence skirts. Its almost like they were made to be recycled into skirts, isn't it?

    I actually posted a tute to this effect a few weeks ago on the blog. :) Great minds think alike.

    Blessings!

    Kristin
    Reclaiming The Home

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  5. That is so cute. I would totally wear a skirt like that. I love the fact that they made it into a faux applique too. I never would have thought to make a valance into a skirt either.

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  6. Does that shirt come in grown-up sizes?

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  7. That skirt is so cute too!

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  8. adorable idea-recycling is so much fun for us and our kiddies!

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  9. You are sew creative! Lovely photography, too.

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  10. Beyond cute! Changes my ideas about that section of my favorite thrift store!

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  11. How creative you were to turn a valance into a sweet little skirt. Very, very pretty!

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  12. What a sweet skirt. I love it!

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  13. I'm in love with it. I want the other piece!!! GIMMEEE

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