I have met a wonderful lady in Toronto last year at the Creativ Festival. Her name is Linda McPhee (MacPhee Workshop) and if you know her, you know what I mean. If you don't, well you should meet her ! Anywho, I digress...
She is very original and creative and right up my alley: What I like to do is stand out in color !!! So when I met her, she had a really cool project with those pesky plastic bags: a raincoat !!! How fun! Well, being the ecological self that I am, I DO NOT OWN any plastic bags... :( So I had to call upon my work community to get some plastic bags.
I did not photograph the process of making the coat because I did not know how it would turn out, but here is the gist of it:
1- The plastic bags should be fairly thick and non wrinkled (Do NOT use an iron...)
2- Choose the images and logos that you want and cut them out
3- Choose a lining fabric (I used a donated sheet)
4- Cut out the pieces of the bags and serge them around to the pieces of lining fabric
5- Place the pieces together to make a nice pattern
6- Sew the pieces, right sides together, to make the raincoat fabric
7- Cut out the coat pattern pieces
8- Sew the raincoat according to the instructions. (you can purchase the pattern and a DVD explaining the process of her site)
So here is the final product:
These platic bags come from my colleagues at school. I really like the colors.
Here is what I learned:
- I like bright colors but not well known logos
- You need a LOT of time in front of you because it is VERY TIME CONSUMING
- Linda installs some gromets under the arm to let the air out
- In the next one, I will install some cording to the hood
Here is the coat on me:
Don't worry about the firefly on my head... it is not real ; )
So that is it for this post. I will come back soon with more creations as I am making a fashion show collection (well, if you can call it a collection...)
Ciao for now !!!