Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Link Party No.74!

If you haven't enter the giveaway, you still got a chance until tonight, make sure to enter for the chance to win a Japanese style lunch box and carrying pouch.

I am going to share some pictures of my old dress today.

This was one of my most favorite dresses a LOOONG time ago. How long ago? Well I bought the dress before I got engaged to Mr. TRH, so it’s about 18 years old. I have many clothes that I kept for a long time (some go back to high school! And I still wear them).

All the clothing I have a hard time parting with, have a story. So what's the story for this particular dress?

I wore the dress the night we went out to celebrate our engagement too. It holds a very special memory to me. Also, I got the dress from Laura Ashley, it is made out of very high quality soft flannel, and I still LOVE the floral print on this.

I thought maybe I might wear it again, I need to keep it just in case...but I haven't worn this dress for years. Why? There are several reasons but the biggest part of the reasons why I don't wear the dress is these sleeves, check it out...

See the pleats on the shoulders? It is kind of hard to tell in the picture, but when I wear it, it puffs out a LOT, than around the wrist it is very slim. Ugh...
With a petticoat and bonnet, I can fit right in to "Little House on the Prairie" as a new character. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE that show in fact I watched so many episodes with my sister growing up. Although, I don't want to wear a dress like Laura did, in 2011.

I have been thinking of using this dress for part of a quilt, or tweak things to make it wearable for quite a while. It was just heart wrenching to even think about putting scissors to the fabric....

But guess what, I. did. it. I thought well why not, All it does is take up space in the closet, I should just do it!

I took off both sleeves... there are a few options, but I haven't decided what to do next exactly. I just had to get rid of the giant sleeves for starters.

I will share the finished project someday! :)

It is your turn to share what you have been working on, please link up and visit each other.

1. Please post something YOU made. It doesn't matter if it is crochet, quilt, clothing, anything would be fine. I want to see it! If you use someone's idea or patterns please give them the rightful credit.

2. Link to your specific post, that way it is easier for everybody to find and read it.

3. Please grab the "Tea Rose Home" grab button, and link back from your post. If you can mention the party in your post or place the button on your side bar, that would be great! I want more people to have a chance to come and show off their creation.


  1. I loved those dresses, back in the day - Laura Ashley, Laura Ingalls Wilder :) Can't wait to see what you do with the gorgeous fabric! Thanks for hostessing the party!

  2. Thank you for hosting. I'm hosting a giveaway on DIY Home Sweet Home. Would love you to stop by and check it out.

  3. Hi lovely,

    Laura Ashley vintage certainly has a style of its own, doesn't it! I can see what you mean about the sleeves - but the fabric could look stunning as part of a quilt. I can't wait to see what you do!


  4. Thanks for hosting! I am excited to see what awesome projects are linked up today!

  5. Hope you didn't throw the sleeves away. They just need to be recut to do away with the puff. It is a fabulous dress.

  6. Victoria-
    Oh no way! I didn't throw the sleeves away. I am trying to decide what to do still, but I will definitely use the fabric even down to the smallest piece!

  7. That dress would be beautiful as part of a quilt! Love Laura Ashley!

  8. I can't wait to see what you make with your dress.

  9. I can't wait to see what you make with your dress.

  10. I'm excited to see what you did with the dress! :)

  11. Can't wait to see what you did with your dress!!!!!

  12. LOL... this brings back many memories! I used to work at LA (Texas) in the early 90's and I sold many of those dresses. This print also came in pants. I have a large stash of LA cotton/wools and cottons that I couldn't bear to give up (including this print!). I have used the fabrics in rag crochet and large needlepoint for coasters, have several quilts planned (one all c/w, others all light cottons) and have woven with them as well - some very interesting effects. Am in middle of move but will send pics once settled if you're interested.


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