Friends, I simply must share with you what followed me home from the flea market this morning.
I'd always thought a vintage wool blanket would be perfect for the Japanese pea coat/winter jacket I'm making, and this morning, a vendor was selling a pile of old camp blankets for a very reasonable price -- especially if you purchased all three.
Readers, I purchased them.
First, there's this blue wool, which is huge. It has a few tears, but nothing I can't cut around. I love the color and the wide stripe. Of the three, this one has the flattest weave. I wish I knew more about how it was made. It's a little darker than it appears in these photos, sort of a weathered denim.
I almost skipped buying the next blanket, and you'll understand why I went back for it when I show you the third. It's pine green and has more of the fluffy, slightly felted feel of a typical wool camp blanket. It is also huge, i.e., more than enough to make a full coat.
It made me think of this beautiful coat, which I'd pinned onto my sewing project inspiration Pinterest board only yesterday.
The third blanket seems to have been cut in half, but there's still more than enough to work with. Actually, it's almost better that it's cut, because otherwise I might not want to hack it up.
There's a mysterious tag on the edge where it was cut:
All three blankets:
While I could make a whole coat from any of these, I was thinking of possibly color blocking. This is from Kenzo:
Here are a few others:
A solid coat is still a possibility, of course. The best thing about these blankets is that they have that weathered look that's nearly impossible to find in new fabric (done well), other than stonewashed cotton.
In closing, I'm off to find six things to get rid of. Then it's time to start sketching.
Happy Saturday, everybody!