I have a love for vintage linens that can be traced to my great-grandmother's needlework. I own pieces of her collection that range from tatting to drawn thread work to knitting, some dating back to the 1920's. Over the past few years I have developed an affection for vintage embroidered and hand painted pillowcases. I began purchasing a few here and there with no particular purpose in mind.
With the birth of our daughter Rhexx, I found myself sewing more and more of her clothing. It was around this time that a family member told me about pillowcase dresses. Upon researching them I immediately knew what I should do with all of the beautiful pieces stored in the linen closet.
Some would say it is a shame to cut these vintage pieces up. I, obviously, am of the opposite mindset. Whether it be pillowcases or other vintage linens, I use my family heirlooms and the treasures that I find to create a connection with the past. I would much rather chance spilling wine on a hand made tablecloth then have it sit in a drawer unseen for the next generation to find.