Monday, 31 March 2014

Old Coat Refurbishment

I have this old Mac.  I've been wearing it for years.  It was purple and I liked my purple mac.  But after all this time, it was all faded and looking sorry for itself.  I thought it was time to bin it and buy a new one.  Then I walked past a display of fabric dyes in a shop and saw a box of purple.  Aha!  Why don't I try to dye my lovely old coat and see if it revives it enough to keep wearing it a bit longer.

The original purple was a bit "bluer" and this one is a bit "plummer" but I was really pleased when it came out of the washing machine all richly coloured again.  I should have taken a photo before because the colour was really washed out and faded.

The sleeve edges were frayed.  So of course, I thought I would hide them with some tatted lace.  Yes, that's the size 10 purple edging I showed you two posts ago.  I thought size 10 would be more hard-wearing for the sleeves.  I still edged them with ribbon first so they wouldn't get worse and then attached the lace on top.


Sad old frayed sleeve edge


Freshly re-hemmed with ribbon


Ta-dah!  New old coat!


And a close-up of the sleeve lace



Best wishes,
Frivole

15 comments:

  1. Now that's really lovely! Well done you!

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  2. Looks amazing!

    I did the same thing with black #10 on a jacket and I loved it, till I washed it after always dry meaning it - cheap me - and shrinking it to a child's size! : ((

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  3. Wow! That's so great! I'm going to remember that. I've got a favorite coat, too, and I keep hoping it will never wear out. Maybe I'll have to invest in some of that size 10 rope.

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    1. It is quite "ropish" to work with! But it's also nice for a coat to have a bolder, bigger lace.

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  4. Oh how pretty and stylish!!! :)

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  5. Oh that is simply lovely! What a terrific solution too!!!

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  6. How very clever. So very attractive. Karen in OR

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  7. What a lovely rejuvenation. It's always great to see something saved from the rubbish bin and made like new again.

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  8. Great rejuvenation, looks like new, if I see someone walking about in a purple coat with tatting on the sleeve I know it's you.
    Margaret

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  9. How wonderful! That is a great idea.

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  10. What a wonderful idea, and so pretty, too!

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