Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Spring Has Been Revised

Back in 1996 I made a jacket I call Spring. I was using a new-to-me pattern and instead of being smart and making a muslin... The neck was too large and it had the BIG shoulder pads popular at the time. I lined it with cotton, as was typical of my work in those days. I turned up the cuffs and added some extra prairie points for fun.

As one of my favorite jackets I wore it often and over time the cuffs became frayed and finally split. There were also a few stains on the binding. What to do...? Since I loved it so much I decided it was worth my time and trouble to remake it. I removed all the binding and tossed it out along with the lining. I recut it to my new short cardigan-style jacket pattern and assembled it.

I relined it using polyester satin which I stencilled using Stewart Gill paints. (Sorry I forgot to take a picture of that. Another day, 'kay?)

Turquoise fabric is hard to come by lately (have you noticed how fabric colors come and go in popularity, just like clothing colors?) so I ended up with a pink batik for the binding.

So this is my new/old Spring, back in my closet again. Maybe now it will find its way back into my fashion show.
On another note, I have some other older jackets I'm thinking about selling as-is. If anyone knows anything about the pros, cons and comparisons of Craig's List, Etsy and EBay I'd love a private email.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love making clothing to wear and surprise people with... so it will be interesting to find out how your selling of the clothing goes. I love the jacket!!! Patty

4:19 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I think the pink batik really finishes the jacket off well. It seems brighter and more cheerful.

I am glad you were brave enough to have a go!
Sandy in the UK

2:30 PM  

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