I inherited an absolutely stunning 1960’s brocade blanket from Great Aunt Uschi a couple of years ago & was terrified to chop it up…but inspiration struck hard and my refashionista wheels kicked into high gear so the scissors (along with some lovely vintage trim) met the fabric and I created a fabulous new coat!
Here’s how to make one for yourself…
Snag a groovy blanket & some coordinating trim
Chop the blanket in half & set one piece aside for now
Bind the raw edge of the remaining half with the fancy trim
Lay it on the floor, right side facing up & fold the bound edge down about 20cms (this will be the collar)
Snag a loose fitting jacket and centre it on the fabric
mark the shoulder & underarm of one sleeve with pins
Chop out a strip of fabric using the pins as a guide (this will be your armhole)
Fold the fabric exactly in half
& use the sliced strip as a template for cutting out the other sleeve opening
grab that set aside half of the fabric & cut it into 2 pieces with your desired sleeve length & width measurements
fold each sleeve piece in half with right sides facing
stitch the sides together
flip right side out & marvel at your lovely new sleeves!
Pop the sleeve tubes into the armholes with right sides facing & stitch them together
zig zag over the interior seams to prevent fraying (if desired)
Create a groovy belt out of the remaining scraps & enjoy your gorgeous new coat!
It can be worn with collar open…
or tucked in and cozy!