Monday, January 16, 2017

Heavy Winter Mantle

It's done! It was made with bits of leftover materials so ended up costing nothing. It's a great feeling to be able to make something useful from what otherwise may have been waste.

One layer of lightweight grey wool, one layer of pieced cotton batting scraps, one layer of black cotton sateen lining pieced from scraps and quilted closely to the batting. The silk flounce and trim are made from a piece of fabric I bought at a going-out-of-business sale last summer for $1 a yard! Talk about a great deal. . .

It is very warm, rather heavy and the colors work well with the two dresses I have and are likely to go just as well with any future gowns. I hope to have a chance to wear it soon and take proper pictures but for now, these will do. WHY IS OUR WINTER SO WEIRD? One day it's 9 degrees and the next it's 75. No, I'm not joking. It really happened. And there is no sun, and everything is either frozen mud and grey skies or sticky, thick mud and grey skies.

I'm currently almost done with my new cage, which is being worn beneath the dress on the dressform here. I hope to finish that up this week. It's another free project, made with found and recycled items! So far it is turning out quite nicely! I don't want to have to ever make another one though, at least not for a while! So much work!


  1. It's a beautiful garment. The design, the chosen fabrics and the excellent craftmanship are a delight to the eyes.
    Thanks for sharing your latest creation :)


    1. Thank you so much! I am happy it is done as it turned out to be more work than I anticipated. I hope that over the coming years it will see a lot of use!

  2. I love it, so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I love how versatile the colors are, and what you did with the trim is wonderful.


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