Thursday, September 28, 2017

Outfit Of The Day/An Embroidered Lining Finds a New Life

It's no secret that I love resale shops, antique stores, basically anywhere that I might find some treasure that another threw away. Or gave away as the case may be.

I came across a fur that had truly disintegrated, but inside was a beautiful little treasure, a fabulous lining. The picture below really does not do it justice.

Here you can see the embroidery and the red inner lining. I think more work was put into the lining than was put into the coat. The fabric is silk, behind the embroidery is the red silk, and the entire piece was backed with a lighter weight silk.   

And the best part of all, the name of the original owner. 

I had initially thought of making the piece into a dress, but decided a skirt was better. If I had made the piece from start to finish, there would not be a center front seam,or some of the other issues. But truth be told, I really don't care, there are imperfections, but I love it anyway. 

The red inner lining is not super obvious but when it catches the light, it shines.

I was able to save the embroidered name. Almost has the feel of a tattoo. Rather fun :)

The label was still in the coat. I have to do something with it. I thought of making it into a tiny little pocket.

Moral to the story...
If you find an old coat, be sure to look inside as you just might find a beautiful treasure.

I decided to wear this today since I am giving the talk on working with fur. Pairing it with a simple top. Although, I may be making a mistake as everyone will now be on the lookout for a special lining!  

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  1. Love this idea, what a gorgeous skirt!

  2. What an amazing find!!! The skirt is gorgeous!

  3. Wowza. Now we need to know who Jetta Jones was. Your skirt is stunning.

  4. wow! great find and refashion! I love that you kept the embroidered name

  5. I’d love to hear your talk on working with furs. I bought a gorgeous light gray fur thing a few years ago at the retail shop. I don’t even know what it’s called... it just rests on your shoulders like shawl? The lining has an embroidered P and it’s falling to pieces. Fur is in great condition but super itchy from the dust!

  6. And... my apologies. That’s a fabulous skirt!

  7. This is another stunning piece! Thank you for the inspiration.

  8. A. Maz. Ing. I'm can almost feel the heady thrill you must have felt when you found that piece of art! I love that you have given it a new life.

  9. How creative of you! Your new skirt is beautiful.

  10. Rhonda, that coat was such a fabulous find! You have such a great eye! How clever to have given that lining new life....enjoy your lovely skirt!

  11. What a fantastic skirt. I love surprise linings and this one is utterly gorgeous. I am so glad that you have made it into something beautiful. Xx