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I just adore old hand embroidered, crocheted, and hem stitched linens. When I see them in antique stores, resale shops, flea markets, and yard sales I am impelled to 'resue' them! I KNOW how long it took to do that kind of work by hand and I just can't stand to see them lying there forgotten and neglected! I often use them in my own home but others go in my stash to be used in making 'new' pretty things. I like to think that the ladies who made them long ago are watching me and smiling as I set a table with their pretty cloths or make a dress for a little girl using their linens.
This blue cotton pillowcase was in perfect condition but was very badly soiled when I purchased it at an antique store. It soaked for several days in a Biz Bucket and came out beautifully. I used Madora's Sundress and Jumper by Beaucoup, an old pattern that you can still purchase at different heirloom sewing shops such as: