It's now been about three years since our youngest son played baseball for the University of Arkansas. (Hope you don't mind, but I just have to brag for a second: As a Razorback, he pitched in the College World Series in front of a hometown crowd in 2009). He's now graduated, earned a master's degree and earning a living wage (whoo-hoo) in Texas. But, when he was with the Razorbacks, Hubby and I could rarely resist the temptation to add another wild hog to our wardrobes. Isn't he just the cutest?
One of my favorite coats is this lightweight winter jacket I picked up on the clearance rack one weekend in Fayetteville. Nice embroidered hog. Visible, but not too in your face.
And, even though I love this darling mascot, there comes a time to move on. Our son certainly has.
My coat is the perfect weight to take the chill off a winter's day when running errands. Heavy enough not to be chilled to the bone, light enough to shop indoors comfortably without removing it. I wasn't about to ditch the coat. So, what to do with the hog . . .
I hatched a plan for a cover-up.
To add some pizzazz, I pulled out a couple of scraps I had left from another project. Both pieces are from a 1940s wedding dress--netting from the crinoline and organza from the underskirt of the dress. The burlap and the wedding dress scraps create an interesting contrast in texture and weight.
I have thousands of vintage buttons and a sizable stash of vintage costume jewelry that I could have selected a flower center from. But, that felt too predictable. A scrabble tile seemed to be the perfect finishing touch. I picked my own initial, of course.
Sewed on a pin back and the cover-up was complete.
Make it a great day!