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!
The blankets are lining up now… next will be a camel coat with a new look collar… each one takes approximately one and a half hours max (including cutting the pattern). 🌪
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.
I might be able to get a child’s size out of the remnants. 💕
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Here I am laughing at my future again (Prov 31:25).
Another #onlyopshopleather purchase – this time a beautiful cream leather jacket for $15.00.
Also ‘Wrangler’ jeans, ‘Eagle’ belt, ‘Sportsgirl’ leather shoes and ‘Witchery’ T are all pre-loved. Total cost of outfit = $25.00.
So, what’s my point?
It is easy to leave a small footprint and a big impression.
There are so many beautiful vintage woollen blankets at the Op Shops. All well washed and softened through use. My thought was to turn one into a felted winter coat.
Pink and dusty tones are currently popular so my first go involved an old pink blanket.
I’m happy with the first attempt.
Cost = $5.00
Time = 2 hours
Why buy new?
I have my creative mojo back.
I’m creating a long coat or cardigan. Striped pattern back with plain fronts. I’m recycling leather sleeves from an old jacket. Here’s the concept.
Here’s the pattern.
Will post updates.
These near new boots were made for slaying the #onlyopshopleather spree I am currently on! 😂
I found them for $10! They are a perfect fit and look amazing after a quick polish. Instead of repair, someone decided to donate them all for the want of a buckle loop!
ABC iView is currently airing a documentary series on waste.
Titled ‘The War on Waste’ it spurs me on to contribute less to the pile of discarded textiles and continue to buy clothes that already exist – essentially rescuing clothes from the waste stockpile while saving money too.