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By Martha Stewart
The sweet patterns and crisp linen of my vintage tea-towel collection inspired adorable dresses for my granddaughter and some friends.
Here, my granddaughter, Jude, and I are joined by some little friends, all decked out in sundresses, tunics, and bloomers fashioned from linen and cotton dish towels that are decades old.
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A smock or tunic has a slight A-line shape. Its neck- and armholes are bound with bias tape.
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Tunic Dress Variation
A variation on the tunic (made to highlight the towel's cross-stitch pattern) has a gathered ruffle at the hem.
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Devote scraps to small projects, like dolls, and doll clothes.
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You can use bias tape to finish the neck and notch at back.
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Don't forget to make a companion for the dolls -- a sweet little dog.
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This sweet tote bag is just right for transporting essentials like her tea towel dog and dolls.
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The easiest of all the dresses, this sundress calls for just a few quick seams.
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Since these dresses are pretty short, complete the look and add a little coverage with bloomers.
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Other Uses for Vintage Towels?
1. Make "lapkins" for picnics -- copious enough for the messiest fried chicken or barbecued ribs.
2. If you are lucky enough to own yardage, turn it into cafe curtains for small windows in the mudroom, pantry, or powder room.
3. Use the hand-embroidered types as liners for tea trays or serving trays.
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