Doesn't vintage fabric look and feel wonderful. So delightful to look at and so soft to the touch. Well here is the reality behind my lovely vintage fabrics (well the 1930 eiderdown fabrics anyway),
First hunt your eiderdown and catch it
Hold down firmly and skin it (don't be squeemish)
Fight your way through the mess of feathers you have amassed
Cut strips of the fabric
If you were very dainty you would carefully unpick all the seems and thus get more fabric. If, however, you are like me, by this point you are sick to death of the damn thing and wish you had never started this mission. You just get in there and make do with strips of fabric and patches. There is a lot to be said for patience, unfortunately l don't have it.
It is at this point that you are stressed out and covered in feathers – Step away from the eiderdown!
And the end result, lots of bits of lovely old fabric hanging on the washing line to get rid of stuck on feathers, then its off to the washing machine to clean it all up.
Why oh why don't l just buy new fabrics from the shops – guess l know the answer to that one anyway.
Another day another adventure.