On Tuesday I happened to stumble upon a thriftshop which sells items by weight or by length. Textiles (clothes, bedlinnen, blankets, etc) were sold by weight. I rummaged through the bins hoping to score some fabric for muslins. I found quite a few that I liked. I even like most of them well enough to keep them for clothes rather than muslins. My favourite piece was a buffalo check wool blanket. I´ve been looking for nice buffalo check fabric for a while now, hoping to find some in flannel for a winter shirt, but this was definitely the next best thing!
The minute I unpacked it at home, I realised this was destined to become my Spring coatigan. I couldn´t imagine it being any other pattern than the Opal Cardigan by Paprika Patterns. I love that pattern and I had already seen it made up in a woven so I was fairly confident it would work here as well. Because of the loose weave the fabric does have some ´give´ (rather than stretch) which I hoped would be enough.
I was really happy to see that I could actually fit all my pattern pieces on my fabric. I hoped the ´give´ would be enough as I didn´t have enough fabric to cut a larger size. I managed to add 2cm to the center back (4cm in total). Just to be on the safe side. I knew I wouldn´t be needing the bands as I was planning on using the selvedge as center front and some bias binding for the back neckline. The cuffs weren´t necessary either because the sleeves are long enough without them.
I had a slight panic attack when I realised I had failed to match one pocket and there was no fabric left. Leaving them off was not an option, since a coat without pockets would not get worn (I need room for my phone, a pacifier for each kid and preferably a packet of handkerchiefs). Luckily, there was IG to the rescue!
I´m actually really happy with the angled pockets. They are angled towards my hand for easy access and they are just the right size! My phone fits comfortably at the bottom of each pocket so it can´t fall out
I wanted to finish this off the way it deserved, so I made a beltloop out of the same bias tape and stitched in a label. Labels make everything so much nicer!
I opted for a double row of stitching around the pockets to secure them. I didn´t want the loose weave to unravel under the pressure of using the pockets. I topstitched my side seams, shoulder and sleeve seams for the same reason. I kept the frayed blanket hem as my coatigan hem. Initially I wanted the same thing for the sleeves as well, but it looked like I was wearing an actual blanket. Not the look I was going for! So I cut the fraying off and used bias tape for the hem. I opted for elbow patches because I love brown suede elbow patches😀 At first I used real suede but it was too bulky, so I took them off and used them as a template to cut some out of faux suede. They´re not 100% in the right position but I´m not taking them off again, it doesn´t bother me enough.
I am crazy about this thing! This is definitely something I would buy if I saw it hanging somewhere. I´ve already worn it out of the house and it´s perfect to throw on over a short sleeved t-shirt now that the weather is getting nicer. It´s a lot less scratchy than I feared, so that´s a big win! The hubby doesn´t really like it, but my Mom does. She said it was really ´me´ and I think that´s a huge compliment. She even volunteered to take pictures in the forest next to her house. Which is nice because it´s a lot nicer setting than indoors and I feel more comfortable with her behind the camera than the hubby. (She sucks at getting me centered in the shot though :D)
THE BEST PART: Because everything apart from the main fabric was deep stash or a gift, the total cost of this coatigan is €1,66! (!!!!!!!!)❤
Fabric and notions:
- Wool thrifted blanket (125×140 cm) = € 1,66 (!!!!!)
- Guterman thread (stash)
- Faux suede (very deep stash)
- Biastape (very deep stash)
- Sewaholic label (gift from Tasia)
Pattern, size and alterations:
- Opal Cardigan by Paprika Patterns
- Size B – added 2cm at the center back
- Made up in a non-stretch woven
- Left off cuffs and bands
- Angled the pockets
Do you buy fabrics at thrift stores? Is it easy to find nice fabrics or is it limited to ´muslin´fabrics?