Friday, October 6, 2023

A Wild Jacket's Journey...























It's a long journey from being a worn-out bed sheet to becoming a stunning wild jacket fit for the backwoods trails, but .......   It can happen, and it did.  

I won't clog up the internet with all the fine details, from drafting a pattern to the scary step of immersing this sweet jacket into a kettle of boiling brew.  Lady Luck was definitely on my side this time.  And here it is finished just in time for cooler days ahead.  I did not leave it hanging on the hillside trail this morning but wore it the entire day.  







24 comments:

Saundra said...

Faithful Millie waiting for you leading the way. Wondering how you achieved those colors ~ I see leaves but not sure what other natural items helped achieve your newly colored jacket.

Prims By The Water said...

At first I thought you were going to talk about yellow jackets or other bees. Silly me. So glad your post was about your wonderful jacket. I looks marvelous and I know you will wear it proudly. Janice

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Well done! It looks wonderful and you wear it well.

Lady Locust said...

Wow! Nice transformation. I would have been a wreck putting it in the dye pot.
Happy Autumn 🍂
Lady Locust

kathyinozarks said...

Awesomeness hugs

acorn hollow said...

Wow that was quite a process but boy you did a wonderful job!
It looks wonderful on you
Cathy

jabblog said...

That is amazing. What a clever lady you are.

Shrimpton and Perfect said...

WOW

nookworm said...

Your jacket is beautiful and the work to create it is incredible! The images are like none other I've ever seen. It sure is unique!!! Congratulations! Your model is lovely.

Debra said...

Hello Beautiful. Your jacket is AMAZING. I love love love your skirt-bloomers? Oh how stunning the whole outfit is. I like the walking stick, but I'm picturing something that would match the outfit....anyway-awesome!

happyone said...

You did an amazing job!!!

Hill Top Post said...

Haha, Debra! You and Dan. He wanted to loan me one of his hickory sticks.

nookworm said...

P.S. Tell us about the skirt! Details, please. Also, who took your pictures?

Vintage Keepsakes said...

You did it...and the jacket turned out great. It is a one of a kind original. Our days have definitely turned crispy. Glad you have another layer to help keep you warm. I envy you your walking buddy (Millie).

Lisa said...

My goodness, you're quite a fashionista, Mary! The black-and-whiteness of it give it a sort of camouflage effect, and it's a very elegant outfit with the - is that a dress? - and ankle boots.

Hill Top Post said...

Nook… the skirt I have had for a very long time. I rarely wear it. I love the ripple effect along the side seams, a kind of ruching I suppose. Hubby took the pictures and suggested I should be carrying one of his hand-cut hickory sticks. He is not into photography, but I thought he did a good job.

I first soaked the jacket in a mix of rusty water and vinegar. After it was bundled with leaves, it spent a night in bubbling hot black walnut and water. Everywhere contact was made with the leaves turned inky black. Thanks you, “Nook!” Or Gert! 😉

TheCrankyCrow said...

Absolutely and positively stunning, Miss Mary! Your incredible jacket bespeaks its incredible journey and adventures to come. And that skirt (palazzo pants? gauchos??) is amazing!! Your attire suits you perfectly - what a lovely woodland sojourner you are! ~Robin~

Granny Marigold said...

I'm so glad you explained how you got the pattern on your amazing jacket.
Lovely to see you...and of course, Millie.

Granny Marigold said...

Mary, there's something I keep wanting to ask you. If I'm not mistaken you used to follow the blog Day by Day. Would you know if Hildred has passed away? It's been a year I think since she posted.

Jo said...

What a beautiful jacket! You should be very happy with your finished project & wear it with pride! Thanks for sharing & letting us know how you achieved your finished look!

Julia said...

Hard to believe that this amazing jacket comes from a worn bedsheet. You are an amazing artist. I love that you explain how you came about the dyeing of the jacket. It looks so comfortable on you. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Julia

Henny Penny said...

Well of course, I love your look! You must have been horrified dipping that lovely jacket, with all the buttons, into the boiling brew. It turned out perfect! Or did you sew the buttons on after the boiling brew?? You remind me so much of your beautiful dolls. You could be one of the dolls!

Bonnie K said...

That turned out amazing! Great job! Thanks for sharing the process.

nookworm said...

Your new picture of the lady in the jacket holding a camera is so sweet! She shows satisfaction with the tilt of her head! The jacket sure is a successful and admirable accomplishment. A short video of her moving about would top the cake!