I love nothing more than a good rummage in a charity / thrift store. Its the thrill of the find! I caught the bug at my first car boot sale in Bath when I was 16. I still have memories of the cotton knit sweater snapped up for 75p!
Botanic Avenue in Belfast is a well known destination for great finds and it was in ‘Save the Children’ that I picked up this gorgeous golden blanket with fringing for £10.
A 30oC wash cycle and a summery line dry in the wind and this blanket was ready to be cut and sewn into a lounging robe.
Here’s how I made it happen…
I used a hybrid of a pattern I had made from my favourite robe blended with a dressing gown pattern I had made when I was 15. Hybrid pattern making means that you can combine the ‘best bits’ and make it your own!
I love the positive yellow golden colour and the style is perfect for evening lounging in style.
I loved the woven pattern design on the fabric and used both the right and wrong sides in my design. I hand made my belt loops by making a ‘swing catch’ stitch.
I love a good selvedge and featured it both as the body and sleeve hem. I had previously kept the fringing on the sleeve but later decided to remove it. Often a design changes as you sew, don’t restrict yourself to sticking to the rules…experiment and have fun!
Fabric doesn’t always have to be bought brand new…
Charity shops are a great way to find cloth and duvets; blankets and garments can be repurposed into lots of new garments. I have made a kaftan from a sari and a cape from a skirt! Re-think fabric and turn what you have been taught on its head!
I love to encourage my students to think creatively; re-inventing, upcycling, thrift-flipping and experimenting. Alterations are big business and you can take all the sewing skills you learn in our courses and turn it into a side hustle. I have designed the perfect course just for you to learn how to do just that – CLICK TO LEARN MORE
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