Thursday, January 28, 2016


One photo of Lady Cora Crawley in the Downton Abbey series wearing a beautiful white riding coat with black embroidery is the inspiration for both of my recent articles in Cheap Eats & Thrifty Crafts.

You can see my interpretation of the coat with instructions for turning a plain sweatshirt into an elegant vest here:

But proper ladies always have to have a hat so a matching hat it was for the second article

The hat is featured here:

It was great fun creating the vest and hat. I tried to make them as easy as possible to make and neither will cost an arm and a leg. I did have to purchase the sweatshirt-about $8, I had the laces and trims in my stash. The hat was from another hat designing phase but it had been $10 or $11, the black lace was cut from the same as the vest. Creating the appliques from the black lace yardage was a big $ saver. Six plus were used on the vest and hat. I compared similar appliques at almost $5 each so look out for fabrics/curtains at yard sales, thrift stores, etc. thinking outside the box for their uses. 

I hope you enjoy crafting as much as I do

Carolyn Wainscott


I design quilts, children's wear, AG doll clothing, crafts, home decor. My patterns are available in PDF format

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