Two years ago I spotted a fabulous crazy-quilt coat at the Renaissance Faire. Lightweight denim with embroidery and light patchwork all over it, coat length, simple shape, perfect fit. It was too expensive. I grieved (well, relatively speaking). I went to the other Faire (they have an autumn one and a spring one in another location), and it was there again; I went into action. I dickered something fierce, but I only had plastic; with the dealer's plastic surcharge my entire dickering-discount went kaput and I dug my heels in and refused to buy it.
So here I am, with a trip coming up to one of the few places such a coat would be genuinely appreciated. I schemed, saved a few expense checks just for this purpose. I took the kids to Faire on Saturday with cash in hand and ready for a battle. The dealer wasn't there! Argh! I made the rounds about six times looking for a coat to replace my tweedy, comfy, I-love-it-but-it's-getting-too-ratty-for-public-view coat. I looked at all kinds of funky outerwear, most of which was either nonfunctional (who wears a coat that isn't intended to close in front?!?) or way out of my price range. So I went home defeated.
Could I make it myself? Of course I could. Would I make it myself? Probably not.
With defeat and disappointment radiating in waves around my head, I hit the consignment stores yesterday with the girlchild ... and SCORED! Cute black denim jacket, heavily embellished. I spent last evening removing the sequins but leaving the other bits, and now will embellish it my own way. NOT crazy-quilt style, but decidedly fun and funky. So, for the price of the coat I originally lusted after (and still do, I must confess) I got a funky jacket, a heavier autumn coat that's a nearly perfect replacement for the current one, a dressy overshirt I can wear to meetings and such, and a dress for the girlchild!
sneaky-peek showing the jacket on my bead box (Contrary to my husband's thoughts about intended uses, I believe Plano makes the best bead boxes!):
[Aside: While looking at one of the gorgeous custom-made frock coats I said to the dealer, "If I spent $600 on an autumn coat my husband would divorce me!" His response: "How much do you like your husband?"]