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Design - giving yourself PERMISSION to change your mind!

I was designing a new, simple jacket this last week and wanted to share a bit of that process.  No surprise - it is another jacket on a comfy sweatshirt base.  Whenever I clean out my closet, garments and accessories get 'evaluated' for re-purposing in creative ways.  That was exactly what happened with this square (33'') fringed scarf which I've had - FOREVER - but rarely worn. 

I knew I would need a yarn for combining with it for couching... I rarely seem to make anything without couched embellishment... so I took a 'dive' into my yarns and came up with these three.  Ultimately, I decided on the center soft beige one because it coordinated with the caramel tan silk dupioni that I also decided to use in my 'Fabric Chenille Trim'. 

This just proves that to do creative sewing, one MUST have a stash!  :)

I had played with the scarf on the sweatshirt to begin with, and was excited about a 'capelet' affect as below....  Then I played with whether I should gather it all around as seen on the left - or just around the back of the neck.  See the effect I was achieving in the back as well.  Honestly - I wasn't crazy about EITHER one - and obviously, I'd already cut the scarf diagonally. 

  After a trip to the kitchen for my favorite Tea - (or chocolate trying hiding in the freezer), I scrapped that idea altogether.... 

Here is my result...cutting strips of the fabric to bind the front, and using the lower ribbing as the collar as I've done in my Worthy and Transformed Talking™ Patterns.  

Sew......the lesson?  I sew to BE IN CONTROL - since there's little else in life I seem to be able to do that with! 

I'm a female - so I have God's permission to change my mind - frequently!  I like my result it makes me smile, inside and out.  All in all - a very FUN day in the COOL basement - especially since our air conditioner is currently broken! 

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Comment by comocosews on June 29, 2012 at 11:05am

I'm glad you changed your mind. This jacket is very cool. I've seen many sweatshirts that look like a sweatshirt make-over, this looks like a creation from start to finish.

Comment by Katherine on June 26, 2012 at 6:50pm

I really like this jacket Londa.  It is one of the best.  And that is hard to say.  Would love to pin this   Kathy

Change is good!!

Comment by Sunflower on June 26, 2012 at 12:42pm

This jacket is just so lovely. Thank You for posting the picture and also the well recieved advice about changing one's mind. These are words I, for one, need to hear. Nothing is carved in the Rosetta Stone!


but not our creative travels!

Comment by Cathy Ching on June 26, 2012 at 12:05pm

I love the way the jacket trned out, very inventive, can't wait to re-make some of my sweatshirts and scarves.

Comment by Brenda J. Moore on June 26, 2012 at 9:52am

Well achieved effect.  I like this end result and is great to be in charge of change.

Great jacket!!

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