Made of Sentiment

A couple months ago, my aunt gave me some old yardages of fabric that belonged to my grandmother. Some wool, some silk, some cotton. So, of course I want to make something meaningful to me out of these different fibers.

I decided to tackle the wool first and make a couple different coats (the second one is coming soon in another post).

When I brought out the first few yards of wool to get to work, I saw that the original tag was still attached from when my grandma purchased the fabric. Pretty cool. Especially because J.P. Stevens & Co. was a very well known wool company that began back in the early 1800’s. The textile company was bought out back in 1988, so I’m guessing the fabric itself is from the 1960’s or 70’s.

For being 40 or 50 years old, this wool is in A-Mazing condition. Since wool is known to be a yummy treat for moths, I was surprised to see that there was no visible moth damage. Apparently, my grandma (and aunt) kept this wool totally secure from the fiber hungry little creatures.

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Alright, on with it…here is the coat I made from this super conditioned historic wool:

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(Made from Butterick Pattern #6385)

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An amazing color of blue like this deserves an equally amazing color partner for the lining. I found this really cool dark teal blue crepe with a slight paisley print that I thought complemented it perfectly.

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Working with wool is almost incomparable. It’s such a manageable fiber, and I’ve always thought that the solid colored wool coats like this look even more crisp and finished when they have evident top-stitching. Thus, I top-stitched basically every seam on this baby.

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I’m not exactly sure what my grandma initially intended on making out of this wool, and I doubt it would have ever crossed her mind that her grand-daughter would be the one utilizing it 40 or 50 years after she bought it . Regardless, hopefully she’s looking down and I’ve made her smile. :)

Stay tuned for the second woolen coat I made from more vintage wool!

 

Outfit details: Sweater & denim:Gap; Sorel boots; Scarf is from Portobello market in London.

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Ice Cold Blue

I did it again. I made another ice-dyed coat. I had been dreaming up this one for quite some time, but only just executed the project. And like a lot of projects in life…it didn’t come out the way I thought it would. But, you know what they say: good things happen by accident.

For this go-around, I first made the coat out of Vogue Pattern #9212 (instead of the basic coat style of my initial sketch) with a white twill fabric and then used your tried and true Rit Dyes to do the ice dyeing.

My sketch here:

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I had actually anticipated it including a lot more white–to look more like traditional Shibori with indigo dye (kind of like the stuff in this post from a while ago) But, I think I was a bit overzealous with the dye this time around, so it ended up totally covered with blue. And even though it didn’t turn out how I had hoped…it still ended up pretty awesome.

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I thought I would make the lining totally electric, since the coat shell turned out pretty dynamic.

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I don’t currently have this listed in my Etsy shop, but if there is any interest in a custom version, please send an email my way. ;)

Remaining Outfit details:

Denim-Gap; Belt-an old men’s belt; Booties-Lucky Brand

Feeling Ruffled

Happy 2017 to everyone! It seems like every year, January 3rd is the day where everything is starting to finally settle after a long season of inevitable busy-ness, two weeks of which always seem ultra intense. It’s back to reality and starting fresh, which personally, I kind of look forward to. I like the New Year and the motivation to get a head start that it usually brings. So, even though there’s that stretch of chaos, it’s good that it comes around because otherwise we might not have that motivation to hit the restart button.

To honor the feeling of dishevelment that tags along with the holidays, in today’s post I’m wearing a taffeta/velvet ruffle skirt that I made about 2 years ago… A ruffle skirt to mark the end of feeling ruffled. ;)

 

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Like many of my other projects, the dotted taffeta was a remnant of fabric I had laying around that was plaguing me. I had to use it up somehow…and so the ruffle skirt was made.

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Outfit details: Chambray shirt: H&M; Scarf: Preston and York; Belt: Anthropologie (no longer available); Clutch: Target (no longer available) Boots: Aldo (similar here, and on sale!).

How does the end of the holiday season make you feel?