It took me a few dates, But I am In love!
With Frenchy's. Its a ubercool Thrift store, that is actually selective as to what gets put in the bins. My last visit I found a DNKY jacket.
DONNA KAREN! With this sage green lining and cream and brown herringbone wool. unfortunately it was too big on my and I had to put it back. Sad face!
Why is this Uberexciting to me? Well because I've always thought about using my fashion design background and creating something sustainable. Don't get me wrong I LOVE LOVE LOVE yards and yards of fabric, with its clean untouched surface waiting for me to make it into something exotic and beautiful, but for the past 5 years have lived in places that are the black hole of fabric lovers. I've had to become creative and think outside the box in order to find my fabrics. I've always admired the designers who take already made garments and turn them into something fun and unique, but in order to do that one has to have a readily available supply of second hand garments. Which until now has been next to impossible.
Now I have Frenchy's!
I've since learned (and this was a major DUH moment) that sheets work fabulous for muslins and at 2 bucks a pop, thats ALOT of fabric.
On my recent trip I found a 100% worsted wool charcoal grey pleated skirt. It was calf length and gathered into a waist band in the back and huge box pleats in the front. LOTS of fabric. I have been thinking that when I create my Reenacting clothing that I don't really put a whole lot of thought into the accessories and one of those accessories I over look is the cape. I thought this skirt would be perfect for a cape!
BUT it couldn't be just a plain old boring cape, I had to make it fun. And modern. So I could wear it all the time.
I decided I was gonna base the look off of my friends cape at Sewaholic, her's is from a groovy 60's vintage pattern. I wanted the seams to go down over the bust and have an opening for my arms to come out of. In the back I wanted it pleated like a Watteau Gown from the 18th century. The best of both worlds. Something I could wear with my historic clothing and my modern stuff.
|Back with the pleats. Its inside out.|
|Front, inside out|
|The shoulder, inside out. I had already sewn the shoulder seam but it didn't lay properly so I had to take it out and baste it in so it layed better . You can see the back had to come up quite a bit.|
|Needs a final press.|
|I love how the pleats face towards the CB, creating a fan with the folds.|
|The funnest thing about this cape! The bias bound seam allowances in a funky ink and yellow flower patterned cotton.|
I love the finishing details.
It just MAKES the cape.