|Vintage coat - the "before" shot|
SIL also wondered if I could make a little something to preserve her mother's name embroidered in the lining . . . who would say no to that??? In fact, it sounded like fun!
Visions of upcycling upholstery and home décor samples I'd rescued danced in my brain!
The first step was to disassemble the coat. Out came the lining, pockets, shoulder pads, and so forth.
The bottom was double-lined. I think it was to ensure the coat would drape well and slip back into place as its (wearer? occupant?) moved around. Clever.
Seams were opened and the sleeves and collar removed.
|Just enough for a couple of bears!|
Once the fur was flat I could trace the pattern pieces onto the leather and cut them out.
|Snippy, snip - use the tip to avoid cutting the fur|
One bear - an "exploded" view.
|Reminded me of hieroglyphics for some reason|
Two "exploded" bears. They are similar, but not identical.
I lined the bears with muslin to keep the leather from being overly stressed when stitched. Wouldn't want to create perforated, tear-away seams!
I used locking doll joints in the neck, shoulders and hips so the bears can be moved and repositioned.
I also used safety noses and eyes that lock into place. A stitched nose is beautiful, but doesn't work very well on leather. That whole perforation, tear-away thing, ya know?
To preserve the fur, I did the bare (bear? haha) minimum of facial trimming. I also left some springy whiskers by their noses for character.
Oh, and the embroidered lining?
It became the genesis of a crazy patch cushion . . .
|Collaged and fancy-stitched on this side|
. . . with fur on the back.
|Pieced the scraps for this side|
Nice and plump!
|Something from nothing!|
The cushion is about 16 inches square. Here, you can see that the bears are sizable, too.
|Paw pads = upcycled clothing|
Bye, guys! Have a good trip home!
|Test fit - they were plastic-wrapped and packed snugly for shipping|
The box - and everything in it - made the trip in good shape, and my SIL is now sporting a big, happy smile!
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