Several years ago, our esteemed city elders decided to replace this beloved design:
|Thomas Heatherwick's new Routemaster design. Read more about it here|
The back view, with the open 'hop on, hop off' platform restored
|By coincidence, I made a jacket that is nearly the same shade - my Routemaster Tribute Capelet!|
This was a stashbuster made from some cheapo red polyester that I bought locally. It was intended for trousers, but when I got it home I realised it reminded me too much of an air stewardess uniform, ie scratchy and synthetic. It languished on the stash pile until a couple of weeks ago. And I've been wearing it almost constantly - I love it!
Here are some details:
I wanted to keep the cost down, so I lined it with a £1.50/m poly cotton black and red polka dot:
I wanted it to be a quick project, and keep hand sewing to a minimum. But there were some things that couldn't be avoided, like the little chain that attaches the cuff to the body of the coat:
This fabric frayed and unravelled like nobody's business,involving loads of trimming with the pinking shears. In the end, I approached it the way you do when you're tidying up your home and shove everything into a cupboard or drawer - the 'out of sight, out of mind' method. I put the lining in quickly and attached it loosely with a catch stitch to the hem of the jacket:
This is my new favourite way to do my nails - I've been watching a lot of Lana del Rey on Youtube
And to end, some more photos of the jacket in front of a double decker bus - it's not a Routemaster, but it was too good an opportunity to pass up!
Mr Needles says that this hairdo looks better with a 'haughty' expression...
That's it! See you soon!