This lucious red and black oriental print robe creates a fabulous evening outfit when paired with black vinyl skinny leg pants. My final #onlyopshopsilk piece before the #onlyopshopleather phase started!
Heading off for a short trip to the other side of the country and I noticed how my op shop adventures make travel easy!
My carry on luggage by Longchamps (the real article too) was purchased during my #onlyopshopleather spree.
Safe travels everyone. ✈️❤️
Today I made the coat from a fabulous vintage car rug.
Here’s how I did it.
With right sides together, Stitch shoulder seams first. Stay stitch back neck edge to keep it from stretching. I do not finish blanket coat fabric edges as they are felted up enough to minimize fraying. If needed you can ‘stay-stitch’ all raw edges.
After shoulder seams, stitch sleeves at shoulders. Then finish with side seams ensuring the plaid matches all the way down the sides.
In less than an hour you have a beautiful warm coat made by recycling an old blanket.
Maybe a bomber jacket👊🏼💪🏼!
I have been given a beautiful old tartan car rug.
It’s my next blanket coat project.
Below is the intended outcome. I’ll document the process and show step by step how it’s done. If the wool fabric is not felted enough, I may have to finish the edges with stay stitching or a neat blanket stitch.
Watch this space!
I adapted my original pattern this morning to create a wide collar coat front. Here’s the story. (My teenage son took the photo from his spot on the couch 😑 – at least you get to see the finished product and a glimpse or our darling Shelty, Flynn.)
Third coat done! This one from a grey bush blanket made from 50% wool & 50% any other fibre you can think of (I even found fishing line in the fabric!!!). Go figure! This mix means it hasn’t felted up with a hot wash and tumble dry.
It’s light weight compared to the felted wool blankets from the previous two coats and so folds differently at the front too.
One happy big sister! She calls it her medieval ‘Queen of the Rings’ coat!
That coat I made from an old blanket (a few posts back) … it’s brilliant. So warm. So funky.
I have just finished my second coat (made a few minor design adjustments in the pattern pieces).
Second blanket was a deep burgundy color although in the photo it appears dark pink.
So easy. No finishing as the blanket is felted after all the washing over the years. I stitch the seams flat at the wrists, neck/shoulder seams and at the side side splits. I also trim the side splits to the seam allowance so they sit flat.