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  1. Gloriasews | | #1

    Very interesting!  Thanks for the link.  They don't say what they do about the back pockets, as most men's pants have back pockets.  What do you think?

    1. katina | | #2

      Well spotted on the pockets; that's something an editor should have picked up. I don't know - perhaps you need to sew them closed? Can't say this is anything I'd ever make, but that's not the point. The point is to get ideas, to look at things in new ways. Some years ago I saw a woman's waistcoat (vest) in an upscale store - it was made of one colour of wool flannel and featured several welt pocket openings, each of which was done in a different colour. Simple, beautifully made and expensive!

      Glad you enjoyed the link.


      1. meg | | #3

        I'm passing along the link to our school's Family & Consumer Science teacher, in hopes of invigorating the program!

        1. katina | | #4

          That's a great idea - please let us know if you get results.


          1. meg | | #5

            I just spoke with the FCS teacher after reading her emailed curricululm; she'd planned on doing a recycled-item-into-new-garment class anyway!  Maybe later on in the year I can get some pictures to post!

          2. katina | | #6

            Yes, please do show us what results.


      2. Gloriasews | | #7

        Even sewing the back pockets closed, they would still look strange at the back on the shoulders.  Maybe they could be embellished with coloured patches, appliqued flowers or whatever or something to match a scarf that could be worn in the belt loops.  This style could be attractive on a slim person (the knit midriff bottom), but, unfortunately, not for me, either :)  The vest you mentioned would have been quite attractive.

        In the 70s, Family Circle magazine had an article on recycling clothes: making a woman's vest & skirt out of a man's suit; a dress out of a another outfit, with alternating colours of trim in the flared skirt because there wasn't enough fabric, etc.  I still have that article, so I'll have to look at it again for new ideas.

        1. katina | | #8

          Yes, I remember those sorts of articles and used to enjoy them very much. Recycling clothing affords so many opportunities to use already completed design details from the original garment. Mind you, remember Scarlett's curtains!


          1. Gloriasews | | #9

            Yes - I remember Scarlett's curtains!  I, too, have recycled curtains when the need or want arose.  In fact, I have curtains right now from which I'm making large cushion covers for my couch.  I always knew they'd be good for some project! :) 

          2. sewluving | | #10

            The funniest time I ever remember about Scarlett's curtains was on the Carol Burnett show years ago.  Makes me smile even today.  That show was hilarious.


          3. Gloriasews | | #11

            Carol did take-offs on just about any situation.  Tim Conway was fantastic, too.  Those were the days!

          4. Teaf5 | | #12

            A recent movie, Enchanted, includes a wonderful reference to Scarlett's curtains when the displaced princess makes a phenomenal gown from the leading man's window coverings.  I can't remember Carol Burnett's version clearly, but this one leaves the curtains hanging with pattern-piece cutouts--also hilarious!  Don't you think that most of us can relate to making gowns from all that yardage?

            p.s.  Enchanted also features a spectacular wedding dress that steals nearly all the early scenes; if you love dresses, check it out!

            Edited 8/10/2009 6:17 pm by Teaf5

          5. sewluving | | #13

            Here is a link to U-Tube and it has the old scene from Carol Burnett's show and it shows how she made the dress from the green velvet curtains.  It is too funny.


            Have a good chuckle.

            Heather in Calgary

          6. Gloriasews | | #14

            Thanks for the link, Heather.  I loved it!  I'd forgotten about the curtain rod still being in the dress she made - lots of chuckles. 

          7. sewluving | | #15

            you are welcome.  I always remember that one.  Her show was one of the best.

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