So here are some photos of some creative goodness I was able to muster right before Christmas, when the Migraine Fairy was apparently called elsewhere. These are jackets that I purchased from my local Assistance League, a delightful thrift shop that the volunteers call The Bargain Box. And bargains, indeed - I can get jeans there for about $4.00, t-shirts from $2.50 up, dresses for $3.00 to $4.00, and on. I have also bought sweaters, wool jackets, purses and other items with the intention of remaking them into something unique, a la Stampington's Altered Couture (http://www.stampington.com/html/altered_couture_winter11.html). I had seen these little unfinished jean jackets there, prominently displayed up front, for the ridiculous price of $1.00 each. And they weren't selling. Imagine that!
So one day, while perusing the newest donation glut in the store, I took a look at the rack and just about fell over. Sad to say, even though some of the volunteers had tried to spruce up a few of the jackets & sell them at a reasonable price, no one was interested. So the volunteers decided to let them all go - at 50 cents a pop. That, my friends, was an altered clothing explosion waiting to happen at my house! Without further ado, I asked one of the volunteers to help me gather up ALL of the jean jackets. They made me a very generous offer (threw in quite a few for free), but wondered what on earth I was going to do with all those jackets ranging from a 2T to about a size 10. I still need to take some photos into the store to share with these lovely people, but here are the three that I got finished so far (there are about 25 others waiting in the wings):
|The first one off the assembly line. The lavender velvet parts were from a recycled t-shirt bought at the Salvation Army.|
|Jacket number 2.|
|Third jacket, made with a skirt I bought at the Assistance League for about a buck.|
|That's when I hit on the solution - I used part of the existing embroidery from the overskirt to add to the other side of the neckline. Voila, balanced, yet still asymmetrical & whimsical.|
|Now if I could just have figured out how to keep those darn pearls from shifting while sewing the ribbon....|
I will be periodically posting more jacket "do-overs" as I get them done. These were a joy to make, even with the challenges they presented. The best part? Hearing about the little recipients strutting and dancing around the room after opening them on Christmas. How could that get any better?