I was shopping at Savers with my son, James and my daughter, Kaitlin - determined to find something for the challenge. My basket quickly filled up with plenty of interesting options: A lime green plaid flannel men's shirt, a New Kids on the Block t-shirt - oh - the possibilities.
I lost Kaitlin for a few minutes and then saw her in the linen department checking out some throw pillows. As I headed over I spotted this "lovely" quilted bedspread - it had to be from the 60's. It was quite ratty and faded. "Oh I could whip up a Chanel suit from this!" I joked. Without missing a beat, my son, James picked up this incredibly kitschy/tacky/funny/DIRTY item and said, "And you could make the buttons from THIS!"
Well, now you know I had to go for it - especially when I saw that the spread was $6.99 and the "yarn daisies and multicolored doilies attached to a bamboo paper plate holder" was a shockingly high $2.99. Gee, what could be more perfect?
So the other items in the basket were returned to the racks and I bought these two items - and the pillows for Kaitlin of course!
It's hard to descibe the frustration of cutting and sewing through this thick bedspread. The back was a gauze-type fabric that insisted on getting caught in the toes of my presser foot. I finished the skirt first and it was honestly not too bad.
Encouraged, I started the jacket. It would up being rather bulky (what did I expect?) and a little long, but at last it was finished. Fortunately, my son, Daniel's sweetheart, Ryan agreed to model it for me. Dan kept saying "Take it off! I'm serious, take that thing off right now!..... MOM! Please don't make Ryan wear that!" We ignored him - and here it is - in all of it's glory...
And I know you'll want to see a close-up of the charming floral detail... The jacket closes with snaps and the flowers are just glued on. I was desperate to finish!