Selvage repurposed into fashion dresses, quilts, even chair coverings is apparently not new. But guess what gals and guys? It is new to me! Who knew . . . . taking the edge of fabric, you know the supposedly icky edge that you don’t want in your beautiful garment, the usually white with “stuff” written all over it edge that we cut and throw away salvage edge, and making it into something beautiful.
1 selvage (n.)
Selvage (U.S.) and selvedge (British) are the same word, a corruption of “self-edge,” and have been in use since the 16th century. They describe the self-finished edges of fabric that do not fray. The selvage edges run parallel to the warp (the longitudinal threads that run the length of a piece of fabric), and are created by the weft thread (“weft picks”) looping back at the end of each row. Historically, the term selvage applies only to woven fabric. ~ Lucy Sissman
Jodie Carleton, Australia’s selvedge queen knew! She made a selvage vintage 1950′s/60′s styled dress around 2008 that is all over the ‘net (thank goodness). It is replete with bias trim too. You can see it here. Copy catter here. I wanna make one too (whiney voice)? So, I’ve been scouring the Internet for instructions. I know, I know sewers are out there saying, “It’s easey peasey.” But I am an instructions gal. I just feel comfortable knowing I have something to refer to in writing when I am tackling uncharted projects. I am simply in awe of Ms. Jodie’s skills. Check out this project here.Apparently the foundation for selvage projects is simply cutting the selvage leaving a small piece of fabric for sewing and then piecing them together. But you know how it is with professionals they make their craft look easy. That’s why THEY are the pros. Having said that I am going to keep looking for more information on how to put together a vintage styled dress. This is too neat to pass up.
I, for one, would like to keep up with the gals with the 4-1-1 on selvedge scrapping. Paying it forward here’s the links I have found. They focus on quilts but I’m going to use the technique for some way cute 1950′s style dresses. Won’t you share any that you stumble upon by leaving a comment below?
Have you seen any selvage fashion projects? I invite you to comment and share.
More thread on the for real,