Thursday, January 25, 2007

Use it up: vintage coat

When I saw this soft buff cashmere coat for $1, I couldn't resist. Too petite for me, too frumpy for my sister, too damaged for resale--it's hung in my closet for months. I decided to "use it up" last night. I took apart the large pieces of cashmere, tossed the glossy metal buttons in the button box, and folded the silky lining for later. The pockets, turned inside out and cinched with ribbon, will make nice little jewelry pouches, I think.
Taking apart its vintage glamour gives me a big idea for my closet makeover.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

glad your back

~Kayla~ said...

Me too, I've missed your posts!

Lynn Marie said...

Count me in with the others that are glad that you are back. You have been missed and prayed for. Waiting to see how the closet comes out.
I had to laugh when you talked about wanting to be your daughter's role model for womanhood! Why laugh you ask? I have a daughter too and felt the same way when she was little. What a surprise to find out that she was very much a tom boy and enjoyed watching football with her dad while her older brother and I made the cookies!!! Sometimes God is just too funny! By the way, she is now in her 30's and still the tom boy of the family watching football while her husband now makes the cookies!!

Rebecca said...

Okay, cracking up at Lynn Marie's comment. So TRUE!!!!

I can't live without my tube socks. But, I make up for it in other ways to be feminine. I try to keep vases with fresh flowers in the house each month. I try to save manly chores for my hubby. (Although since my dad worked as a plumber, I usually am the one to fix the toilets).

Aine said...

Nice to see you back, Meredith! And those pockets, I would never have thought to take advantage of the lining and shape to make jewelry pouches.

honey said...

I missed you too! I can't wait to see what you do with your closet. I appreciate the feminine ideas - I am in a house with all boys and grew up the same. I started wearing skirts more often, and aprons, over the summer and like it! :)

I like the silky gold vanilla sachets! I make "room spray" with a spray bottle of water and essential oils, and sometimes I add vanilla. Mmmm!

Amy W said...

Meredith- So very nice to see you are back and what lovely posts! I have been checking in all week hoping to "hear" from you. Hope this means everyone is healthy at home!
I do want to add- I agreed with the post- have felt that way myself many times and wanted to thank you for the link you gave with it as I found it was very well written.
You are a blessing. Keep up the frugal blogging- I LOVE it!

Brenda said...

Yes...good to check Bloglines and see you there.

I did the same thing to a favorite wool, green coat many years ago. I used some of it to make Christmas stockings (it was dark green...perfect color).

The rest of it is still in my hope chest to use another time (I think...).

Terri said...

I've done the same thing with a coat I inherited from my grandmother. This one was a dark brown, very nubby tweed with a fur collar, silky lining and jeweled buttons. I make pillows so these are all going into pillow projects of some sort.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with all the others,I too am very happy your back and in full swing again!!! I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE YOUR BLOG. You have got such a wonderful talent for frugalness and frugal home decorating. I have never posted before but have read your blog everyday since I discovered it a few months ago. Just wanted to let you know there's one more person out there that thinks your awesome! :)

susan said...

Thanks for the many posts. I learn and laugh when I'm visiting. ALso, you are an inspiration in many ways.

Ignore those who don't understand; don't let them take the wind out of your sails. :-)