Friday, September 12, 2008

From Ikea Curtain to Atomic Swing Jacket



Very few things go to waste in my house. Like these Ikea curtains, they are LONG...not long enough for my big loft window, but way too long for regular windows. I got 4 panels as a draw curtain for the 1/2 wall in the loft bedroom in the last apt. Even though they went floor to ceiling, I still had to cut off about 2+ feet off each panel. The fabric was a nice stiff twill, and since I'm not one to throw something good away I tucked the remnants into my fabric pile.

I wanted to find a medium weight jacket to wear on our trip, so I searched and searched. Nothing thrilled me and because its not quite fall-the selection is dire. Everything I found and wanted had come out in Spring and was long gone. So I decided to I could make one and went rummaging thru my vintage patterns until I found the perfect one. I saw the red curtain fabric and said "PERFECT weight!" and a project was born. With a little strategic pattern placing, I had enough for the coat and here it is.


The lining is an atomic print lightweight barkcloth I picked up on sale at Discount Fabrics last year and works perfectly. It was so cheap I had to buy it, even though I had no project for it at the time-glad I did! I also made it reversable, although the inside has no pockets or buttons yet. I can tack those on later if I want. It looks better on a body, not like a big lump on Bertha the dress form.
Maybe I should do a challenge-recycle throwaways to styling item challenge?





10 comments:

Vintage Indie said...

What a clever jacket! Looks great!

Barbe Saint John/ Saints and Sinners® said...

thanks!

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* TONYA * said...

wow, that is some transition.

CatHerder said...

omg thats awesome...youre just like my sister...she can make ANYTHING out of anything material without a pattern. Thats gorgeous..love it!

lisavollrath said...

You are SO clever! And I'll bet this looks fabulous on you.

Bethany said...

Do you mind if I ask what pattern you used? I've been looking to alter a pattern of mine to have a collar like that, but I'm not sure how to do it.

Barbe Saint John/ Saints and Sinners® said...

thanks everyone!

Bethany I used vintage simplicity 3342. This pattern has the peterpan collar which isn't really me, but since I only had just enough material-I couldn't alter it. I'll scan it and post a pic of the pattern sleeve for you.

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