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?