Friday, January 11, 2013

What Do Burlap, An Antique Wedding Dress and Scrabble Have in Common?

They're all part of a cover-up.

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.

I could have made this sweet burlap flower myself, but on a recent trip to the craft store, I found it in the clearance bin for 99 cents. At that price, I couldn't justify the time and materials to create it myself. Off to a good start, eh?

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.

If, from time to time, I want to sport my darling Razorback, it's as easy as shedding the funky disguise.

Make it a great day!
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  1. Dear Ann - this is a great way to cover up and move on. Love the Scrabble tile - this is creativity at its best! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love this! I'm going through a burlap phase AND a scrabble tile phase so I need to give this one a try! Pinning for later :)

  3. Great post title! Love the brooch.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger


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