Another day, another old curtain…


…another Dottie Angel Frock!

This is my third, now, and the material is a heavier cotton than the last two so it’s a bit stiff but I hope it will soften up with washing and wearing.


I really do love the pockets :) The pattern I used (with a couple of adjustments) was – Simplicity 1080. I think the blue dress will always be my favourite but I can’t wear that one every day and, all in all, for £6 in a charity shop (meaning the money will go to the charity), I think it was money well spent! I even have fabric left over for cushions or, perhaps a shopping bag…

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On the same day, I also had another lucky find. I had actually ventured into town in search of something to use as a cradle for a very special doll. Our nearest town mostly comprises charity shops, hairdressers and Estate Agents so I was hoping for a preloved basket or, perhaps, some kind of box that could be covered with fabric or papier mache but what I ended up finding was this…

…a wooden cradle that someone had made and that had been marked down to half price (and a fraction of the cost of a flimsy plastic new version). Fiona agreed that it had potential but Poppy was too busy running round the pond to take much interest. It made me smile to see in the photo that she goes so fast she actually blurs!


I think a coat of chalk paint has already brightened it up and I will share more of this project in another post.


Wishing you lucky, thrifty finds :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Old Curtain | New Frock


It’s been a long time since I did a sewing post (mostly because the light has been so grim I’ve been putting off taking photos) but last week I made a dress and now I am finally posting I can’t think of anything much to say about it except once it was one of a pair of secondhand curtains from someone on ebay…

…and now it’s a dress!


Here are some details.

And this is the pattern I used, with a couple of adjustments – Simplicity 1080.

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I do think it’s a most lovely, cheerful, just-what-we-need-in-the-drab-days-of-February-fabric sort of dress :D

Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare


Made in October

October was a month of misty mornings and golden afternoons and I got off to quite a good start, making several things for my etsy shop. Unfortunately, the world then intervened, as it is wont to do, and I never did get around to blogging about or listing them!

Neither did I get around to wandering with my camera, so for the November Wandering Camera linky party, hosted by the lovely Soma over at Whims and Fancies, I am sharing my makes.

I have been combining new fabrics with vintage linens that are still very beautiful in parts but in other parts have, sadly, seen better days. Below is a pyjama case or project bag, which I made using the peg bag pattern and inserting a zip in the back. On the front is a vintage lace panel and the buttons are also pre-loved.

I also made three cushion covers using striped linen and some pieces reclaimed from damaged embroidered table cloths.

And I made a Hare Pyjama Case/Project bag (with a knitted head and arms), a crocheted hot water bottle cover and a papier mache custom made bed for Fiona.

I’m linking this post with Soma for the November Wandering Camera linky party and hoping for a less disrupted November :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare