Tuesday, November 4, 2008

DIY: Organic Coat From Local Organic Scrap Fabric

It's too bad my ideas are so much better then my actual sewing skills... because this one could have been even more funky fun then it even turned out! Here is how I made myself a 100% organic cotton winter coat completely from locally woven organic scraps:
I had a ton of pieces to work with, the main organic tapestry fabric that I wanted on the outside and several more pieces to patch together which were organic cotton fleece material. The fleece was for lining the inside of the coat to make it warm enough- and I did this by sewing all the scraps together and then laying out on top the pattern I had cut/pieced together for the coat, to match them up.
It is far more patchy looking in reality then in these pictures- the bottom black lining is made up of several pieces. I cut arm holes and sewed the shoulders together - then attached some basic tubes for sleeves. I did make the sleeves wider at the armpit and gradually thinner towards the wrist, in hopes to make it kind of sexy. But the whole thing is just too Punky Brewster for that ;)

I used two upcycled buttons to make a basic closure at the top right hand side, which I made little loops from the left side of the coat to hook onto the buttons.
And pictured here below is the finished product - fully lined, hoody, button closure, totally organic, and funky as hell. Did I mention warm!? Mmmm.


Colleen said...

This is ridiculously adorable. Great job!!!

Designer Fabnick said...

It may be Punky Brewsterish but the sexiness is still there. Lovin it!

The Oko Box said...

Thanks ya'll!
It's really warm and comfy like wearing a robe :)

Rob said...

I know from first hand that organic cotton clothing is a great way to naturally alleviate some skin conditions.

That is an easy call since conventional methods of cotton production use such harsh chemicals.

I have heard some varying numbers on the amount, but everyone agrees the chemicals just are bad for the earth and us.

"Traditional cotton production also attributes to 25% of worldwide insecticide use and 10% of worldwide pesticide use."