This jumper is repurposed from a soft and beautifully worn vintage or antique french hemp bedsheet purchased in the markets of Provence.
It is best worn over a shirt or turtleneck because the armhole has been made a bit larger in order to accommodate a garment sleeve. The weight and texture of the hemp make this a garment you could wear all year round.
The wearer’s front right has the original hand sewn centre seam of the bed sheet running the length of the jumper. The loom used to weave the fabric was a meter wide, so hand-stitching was used to join two lengths of fabric together to create a wide enough length of fabric for a bed. The hand sewn seam reflects slight irregularities associated with hand sewing. Repeated washings over the years have created a slightly darker tone about 6 mm wide/.25 inch wide running beside the hand stitching.
Visible mending using vintage, french, white-on-white, cotton mattress ticking has been applied by ratatouille designs at worn areas along the original handsewn seam.
The dress has convenient in-seam side pockets.
Please review the measurements provided to ensure that this is the right size for you. The measurements provided are of the actual finished garment. Remember to add 2.5 cm/1 inch or so to your bust and waist measurements to permit the garment to hang properly. There is no zipper on this jumper.
Fabrics that are not new linen are listed as vintage or antique as it is difficult to accurately date fabrics and, when sourcing fabric, my focus is on its tactile nature and its reflection of a history of use and workmanship.