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. 💕
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?
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.
That convict bag from my #onlyopshopleather purchase escaped captivity and is now a free bag – able to work and play!
Haha! Seriously though, how big and how cool is this satchel? Fits my 13″ MacbookPro easily, along with all my everyday gear. My work satchel doubles as my working week hand bag too and I think this one works well as both.
Bindy ❤️ 💼❤️
Sure! I like the sound of that.
Leather clothing is versatile and long lasting but very expensive and sometimes it’s manufacturing might not match our ethical shopping guidelines… the solution – pre-loved leather wear from thrift shops (‘Op Shops’ in Australia).
This black leather skirt was $12.00 and did not have a single flaw. ❤️
My current muse is to hunt down pre-loved leather items from local op shops. I ‘need’ to op shop – it’s addictive but I don’t need too many more items of clothing. That’s why I give myself boundaries. The current boundary #onlyopshopleather.
Feel free to join my muse and add the # to your Instagram uploads.
See you out there!
❤️ Bindy x
This time I have made a purchase of $3 for a bag that appears new with no indicators of having been worn. I checked the http://www.convictbags.com site and new…. it is $395.00: Australian made, soft brown leather.
So I’m taking bids… 😂😂
Here’s the link :
My #onlyopshopleather muse continues…