Marci Debetaz – Project #2

This upcycle started with a cotton tablecloth I was no longer using, it has a great hand and I knew it could be a fantastic garment.  I paired it with the three Windham Fabrics fat quarters the contestants received.   All the ribbon trim sewn on the tablecloth was removed and I was able to cut out a Wiksten Haori with very little scrap leftover.  I used the three fat quarters and a free pattern (I enlarged) from the Windham Fabrics website, Dragonfly by Wendy Sheppard.  Using paper piecing, I created a large emblem for the back and two small pieces for the pockets.  I then hand stitched them to the Haori and finished them off with simple quilting in the inner circle and blanket stitched around the outer edges using pearl cotton thread.  I also used pearl cotton to add some simple hand stitching as embellishment to the Haori, following the lines left from the ribbon trim that was originally sewn on the tablecloth.  I chose to leave this jacket unlined as it is too hot in Louisiana for a heavy jacket to get much use.  Twill tape was used to finish all the interior seams and hem for a nice clean finish.

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