Tuesday, October 28, 2014

No Tambour Here!!

I have been collecting cashmere sweaters again to felt and chop up into my own creation. The last time I did this I gave them to a friend because I did not think I would ever do anything with them. This time I was determined to make a jacket.  I searched for a pattern high and low and found this Burda pattern 8168.  

Instead of making a" muslin" I purchased some felt to made the jacket with first.  I soon realized I did not have nearly enough coordinating sweater pieces to make the jacket.  I went to a local fabric store and bought 2 yards of orange cashmere wool for $35. 
Then I set about felting the sweaters and the fabric.  I  boiled water on the stove to pour into my washing machine so I could felt the cashmere fabric and the sweaters.  I did the sweaters first and they worked out fine.  Then I felted the 2 yards of cashmere fabric.  It turning it into 1 1/2 yards of fabric and 1/2 yard of orange fluffy lint in the washing machine!  BIG MESS!  But I persevered and cleaned up the mess.
I put my paper piecing Crazy Quilt skills into cutting out the fabric. I sewed it together and love the results.
The button was given to me last Sunday out of the blue by a friend.  It was her mothers and she knew I liked buttons!!

I still have lots left including pastels so I will have to contemplate another in a different pattern. That's what I have been up to lately!


  1. I LOVE this!!!! It's a beautiful jacket and I imagine it must be so cozy and warm. Did I say how much I love it?!!

  2. I rally like the back of this jacket - great design

  3. Such a wonderful orange, and great reuse of sweaters too.

  4. I love it! I can picture you in it.

  5. That looks fabulous! Such a great design and the colours work really well together.

  6. Your jacket is fabulous, the design is wonderful I love it and those pictures of all those buttons was wonderful.
    makes me want to go buy new buttons, I usually just collect vintage buttons.

    Your very creative designing the jacket the way you did

  7. Wow. The jacket is AMAZING. It looks so cozy and stylish. Orange was the perfect color to tie everything together. I have some cashmere sweaters I've been saving. Maybe one day I will be brave and try to do something with them, your jacket is sooooo inspiring!