Saturday, December 6, 2008

A New Coat fit for Christmas Corsages!

I am busy subbing at school so I have had limited time to post, but here is a corsage pin in my etsy shop. It's called the Christmas Pony. Notice the dangling horseshoe charm. Its made of vintage 1930's plaid and scraps of hand syed green mohair, ribbon, and quilt shop calicos. The bearded snowman crafted during last week's first snowfall. Leah and her best friend made do with the old stash of snowman making clothes. His pinecone buttons came from our white pines.
My "new" coat. I bought it for $15 a few years ago at the Third Sunday Market. It dates to the 1910 time period, is crafted of heavy cotton velvet, lined in satin and flannel. Look at the pretty bows around this tiny pocket. I suspect this was a clever way for the wearer to find the pocket in the dark, in an era before electricity! The coat needs a bit of cleaning, and I am going to replace the lining with a new black one. I will have to find a way to close it, since the original toggles are gone. But the buttons that remain are incredible. But fragile. Still, I am going to enjoy it. It weighs a ton! Imagine wearing it in a sleigh, on the train, or in a model T car. It's that old!

The dainty pocket with bows at each corner.

Wide lapels, perfect for Christmas pins and corsages!

The gorgeous hand corded wooden buttons. It must have taken hours of work just for the buttons! I will miss the powder blue lining, but black will be more practical.

Check back Sunday to see it with its new lining and my new corsages I am making for Beth Holcomb's corsage party!! Oh it is going to be so fun!!! All my best to you. Pam


Peng Peng said...

what a regal ladies coat! love that secret pocket w/ ribbons. I wish all coats had that! You *must* wear it out once that liner is replaced.. too pretty to hide it away.

Elizabeth Holcombe said...

I love your coat and your FUN corsage! Can't wait to see what you have for Sunday!~~~XXOO, Beth

vintagepaletteart said...

What a gorgeous coat Pam!!! I can't wait to see it finished too and you modeling it! Those buttons are amazing!!

Have fun!

Holiday Hugs,