It's possible that you may want to add some additional embroidery to the hand-stitched pieces you already have. One of my favorite ways to imitate hand embroidery is to add bobbin work stitching. CLICK HERE for a tip sheet showing more about this technique.
Another way to do this is to trace off the pattern to get a full front and a full back. This makes it easy to cut the skirt out on a single layer of fabric. I recommend creating a new pattern piece with tracing cloth. I love, love, love pattern tracing cloth, buying it by the bolt when it goes on sale, so it's there when I need it. Simply fold the tracing cloth so you can place the fold line of the pattern on it as if you were going to cut out an actual garment. Cut, and then open up the piece, transfer all the markings, notches and important information, and then use this to cut your single layer piece. If you ever find yourself running short on the size of the tracing cloth, simply layer one piece on top of another and use a straight stitch or a zigzag to extend the size of the piece.
Make two cups of strong tea or black coffee. Allow to cool. Add 1/4 cup white vinegar. Mix ingredients and place in a stain proof container. Wet fabric in clear water and then transfer to container. Gently stir fabric in the coffee or tea solution for three to five minutes. Rinse thoroughly in cool water. Dry flat. Press only after fabric is thoroughly dried. Note that this amount is for best for dying lace or small fabric items. You'll need a larger, stain proof container to increase the amount of fabric or solution. It's very important to let fabric or lace dry before ironing. If you iron while wet you'll get uneven streaks of color.
I've read about some other cleaning recipes that promise to refresh linens without damaging them. Of course a lot depends on the strength of the fabric and the fiber content. Be cautious. It's important to note that just getting fabric wet can be harmful if it's weak. Here are a few other cleaning options that sound promising although I have not tried them myself:
- Mix these four ingredients: 1 scoop Biz, 1 scoop OxyClean, 3/4 cup Ammonia, and 1-gallon hot water. Soak for at least one hour and then rinse completely and allow to air dry.
- Put a mixture of salt and lemon juice on the stain and then pour boiling hot water over the stain while holding the garment or linen over the sink.
- Wet fabric and place on a white cloth in full sun.
- Mix one quart of warm water with 1/4 cup vinegar and one tsp of liquid dish detergent.
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