Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Recycling? Upcycling? Hmmm?

Back in the day when the dinosaurs roamed and people travelled in covered wagons, I shopped the thrift stores for fashions to revamp.  I was just out of college and there was a lot of 60's and 70's stuff (my favorite decades) to be had. Nowadays, I just troll them for good sweaters to harvest great yarns. Being a mom of 2 boys who wear the same size, I am left with a lot of these...

Normally, I would just bag 'em up and drop 'em off at Goodwill.  This time I thought I would do something different.  I could cut 'em up and make a patchwork picnic blanket.  Seriously though, who was I kidding. I don't do picnics, don't like sitting in the grass, I don't hike.  Yeah, that would not work.  So, I went stash diving and came up with this.
The pattern- Vogue 1036 
I've had it a could of years now and it was time to cut it up and give it a whirl.
First off, the pattern is broad shouldered and looks like it was designed to have shoulder pads (hello the 80's called and they want their pads back).  I had to take it in 2" to bring it to my real shoulders then, I pushed on.  I opened pant legs, and place pattern pieces on various washes.  I sewed, I topstitched,  I pressed, I hammered.  Finally the pay off!   Don dona don....

I opted for a center front metal zipper instead of snaps. 

I'm not convinced that I like that light wash strip in the front or at the bottom hem.  I'm thinking of dyeing the whole jacket.  Still debating, though.

My favorite part of the whole jacket  ; )

Um, I like that I used the outseam of the jeans for the sleeves.
THE VERDICT: All in all, it was really a fun project.  I'm most proud of not using any new fabrics. Now, the jacket languishes in the closet till the fall.  I can see it now, a black turtleneck, plaid A-line skirt and black leather boots.  Ooooh, it can come fast enough!


Sheila said...

Wow!... You did a fabulous job. Now that is a refashion.

Knitaholictoo said...

Thank you, Sheila ; )