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!


Magpie's Mumblings said...

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?!!

sharonb said...

I rally like the back of this jacket - great design

liniecat said...

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

Maureen said...

I love it! I can picture you in it.

underatopazsky said...

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

Curtains in My Tree said...

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

Liz E said...

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!