It seemed like such a good idea at the time…convert this ugly jacket lurking in my wardrobe into something more attractive that I might actually wear…. Now I don’t normally indulge in ‘make do and mend’ activities because…
a) I’m rubbish at sewing
b) I have no flair for design if it doesn’t involve yarn
c) It just seems like too much trouble when I could simply buy what I want
Anyway, there it was, this linen jacket that I bought at a friend’s ‘nearly new’ clothing sale. I wore it once and decided it was a really ugly shape so it sat in the wardrobe, forgotten, squashed between other items, undiscovered for….who knows how long…until I had a massive clear out. Now what I should have done is donated back to a charity shop but recently, I’d seen someone wearing a sleeveless short denim waistcoat over a summer frock and I thought – a little unwisely as it turned out – maybe I could turn my old jacket into one of these!
So I hacked off the sleeves and most of the length planning on edging it with some shop bought trimming. But then I found some cotton yarn I bought years ago when I fancied having a go at tatting. So out came my trusty ‘Good Housekeeping’ Needlecraft book for some stitch ideas…..
The shoulder edging was simple enough – a double crochet (single crochet for my USA buddies) border, with chain loops. Looks quite pretty and feminine on what was quite a mannish jacket I think. The bottom edge was a different matter – I really fancied having some fringing and beads but even lovely old ‘Needlecraft’ failed me here with a method so I decided to wing it. Yeah, well, not one of my finest crafting hours (or several hours as it turned out).
Anyway, once I started, I was determined to see it to the end and I’m reasonably happy with the results. At least I won’t get bored wearing it – untangling the beaded fringing is a great, and never-ending, game which will keep me amused for hours!
I wish I’d seen Stitches and Scraps blog on lacy edging before I’d started but hey I know for next time (huh likes that gonna happen 😉