Saturday, January 09, 2010

It's a Table Cloth No it's a Curtain No it's a.....



Actually my Bloglandian pals it's a, gads I'm not sure what the official name for this garment. A shrug I suppose, or a little cover up, a wrap, maybe a to wear in public "bed jacket" ???? I have been noticing these little jacket/sweater/vest things made of vintage lace in a number of catalogs. Magnolia Pearl, and Anthropologies want a queen's ransom for these little lovelies. There really isn't anything complicated or difficult to making them so I thought I'd give it the good ol college try. I found a great vintage crochet lace curtain at a yard sale awhile ago. Perfect I thought. So perfect I even payed to much money to get it. After I got it home washed it and gave it the picky-eye once over I realized that it was literally disintegrating in my hands. The sun will do that here in less then a year. :(  On to plan "B", the fabric store had some bolts of machine crocheted lace for sale the other day for $1.00/meter. Heck at that price if it didn't work out I could always use it for scrap. So I bought a couple of meters, kinda eyeballed a knitted wrap I have and made a pattern.  Then played around putting it together
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I thought I'd use some black velvet ribbon as a edging because I was leaving all the edges raw ( a little nod to deconstruction). Now you might remember that one of the things on my list for the States was velvet ribbon??? Well I couldn't find any at Hancock's or Joann's so I came back with nada. Okay since it was a bit of the deconstructed, well loved look I was going after I decided I'd try to make some ribbon with the black velvet fabric I had. Heck if it didn't work there's always the needy scrap bag  :)

Around the bottom and the edge of the sleeves I also added some of my favorite tea died vintage lace tatting.

I left the edges raw on both. I ran a bit of very thin velvet ribbon ribbon through the lace and tied two little bows at the top of the sleeves.

A couple of big snaps on the front to close. But snaps are soooo icky especially here cuz they oxidize in a heart beat. Dum da da dum... you know all those rhinestone clip earrings everyone has a few of in their junk drawer??? Well they make perfect faux buttons with an attitude! :)

SO what do you think??? I know it's doesn't have a Magnolia Pearl label on it but it mustn't be to ugly cuz the only time Annelise will let me wear it is when she is stuck at home looking for the last place she left her head ;)

Okay I'm off to hide this little number while Annelise is occupied, if I'm lucky she won't find where
 I stashed   ..er.. she lost her head for a day or two ;)

Have a most audacious today or tomorrow depending on where in the world you are   p;)

14 comments:

stregata said...

Looks absolutely ingenious to me!!
I will keep an eye open for heishi...
Oh Annelise - I think I saw your head over here...

pam q said...

Now that is cute!

I especially like the rhinestone earrings/buttons---very good thinking!

And the rich color combo!

I'm glad someone else remembers bed jackets! I was thinking about them the other day when I was actually in bed..sitting up reading...freezing to death. I think I would need a warmer one, though....

But very nice! I can see why Annelise won't let you "borrow" it.

Narrative jewelry said...

Wooo ! That's just what i need for summer over a lovely indian dress, the combo of lace and crochet is so romantic, and i love the velvet you put on. Beautiful piece Pattie.

Rummet för välbefinnande said...

Hello! I visited Gúa (Hvitur Lakkrits) and I read your words about meeting people with a smile and a hello! Just want to say that it makes me happy to read that, because it´s very important for me to SEE other people, to give them a smile and perhaps make a difference by giving them a little bit of joy.
I wish you a really nice sunday and I send you a big smile through cyberspace!
Many wishes from Mia in Sweden.

LW said...

Bed Jacket? Oh my goodness!

LW

SummersStudio said...

Clever, girl, Pattie. This is gorgeous! I love shrugs and they would seem to be so perfect for your Mazatlan winter.

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Now that is darling!!! I love it!

kana said...

It looks great....you did very well!! I hope that you will wear your pretty creation! Very pretty.

Miss Muggins said...

Pattie - it is certainly stunning. Very inspired use of materials and trims. Necessity is certainly the mother of creation in this case!

Cindy said...

Oh my goodness this is beautiful! I am always amazed at the depth of your talent. This would be a great one to submit to Altered Couture! :-) I love the velvet trim, btw!

diane said...

Wow~what a masterpiece. You really put alot of work in it...and it turned out beautiful. Cindy is right....submit, submit, submit. You never know until you try~~~
xoxox

Leslie @ Bei Mondi said...

It's so sweet! We need to see pictures of you wearing it.

Riki Schumacher said...

This is soooooo cute!! Would love to see it on. Wow, love it. The ribbon and the buttons, just great. Riki

Tracy M. said...

Oh wow! It turned out great. Very creative and clever.
Take Care,
Tracy M.

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