This what I've been working on since last September: Patchwork coat (with the dress I made last year).
The coat is mainly made of recycled materials and old fabrics: skirts, pants, grandma's leftover fabric.. Only the lining (windproof) and buttons are bought new.
In September I started with a sketch, then measuring, then drawing the pattern from a base pattern made last year. During that time I went countless times to flea markets and secondhand shops, asked around if anyone had old men's jackets that I could use. It turned out that women's skirts and large size pants were my best finds, though. I carried two bagfuls of old clothes every Tuesday to sewing course and started taking the seams apart accompanied with sneezes and running nose. Boy, it was a dusty job!
Slowly I could see my coat taking shape. Almost all seams have been done, undone and re-done at least 3 times, and at times it was very frustrating. But the people at our pattern course are just wonderful, and every time I was waiting the time of week to leave the house and go to the pattern course.
Now, that the coat is finally in use, I am most proud of what's hidden inside the jacket. There's so much detailed work between the outer fabric and lining, that it certainly gives a perspective to quality clothing and why they cost so much.
This week we had a wonderful fashion show and it's just amazing what we all have achieved!
And I still have two bags full of those same fabrics..