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22 January 2008, 11:13

Greetings Metro readers! No, this morning’s vision of a woman clad only in an Ikea shower curtain was not some hallucination brought on my last night’s curry and an early morning commute – it really was me!

If you’d like to learn more about my Ikea hacking, consider the following:

the Glastonbury shower curtain dress

Ikea pillowcase skirt

I keep being asked what I’d like to hack next from Ikea, and I didn’t really see anything last time I was in the store, and then I opened the new catalogue when I got home… And I was utterly besotted with these birch tree curtains. So now we’ve got to take out the Streetcar again so I can go get them. Oh, why don’t they allow online ordering for them, why??

And in FW07 Collection news, my vintage Pendleton wool (and satin) jacket is nearly complete! I’ve just got to stitch in the lining (it’s already basted) then hand stitch the lining hem and sleeve hems and it’s finished! I’m planning a trip on Saturday to MacCulloch and Wallis for a decorative fastener for it, as there’s no way I can get a clean buttonhole through four layers of wool suiting… Anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. If you can’t find a decorative fastener to your liking, try a sew-on snap (a fairly large one). I did that last year with a jacket and it worked fine. You can sew it on in such a way that you don’t see it on the outside. And I saw that fabric at Ikea, too. The print is great, but the fabric is quite thick and heavy.

    — lauriana    Jan 22, 12:50 PM    #
  2. I think your stuff is super! Whenever I start a project something normally goes wrong and I get angry and shove it in a drawer for a year or two. I wish mine worked out as well as yours. I love the pirate coat it’s awesome xxx

    — Emily    Jan 22, 02:06 PM    #
  3. I have a few ideas but you’d have to try them to see if they actually work on a jacket. The first idea is to use a hook and eye. The second idea is like a closure I’ve seen on bracelets and necklaces. I think it’s called a toggle fastener.

    — JenL    Jan 23, 03:03 AM    #
  4. Heavens above woman, you’re a media sensation!

    Sewn on snap (perhaps hidden under a button- to keep the original look) would probable be my solution. Or failing that, one of those fabulous corded hook-an-eye affairs, the kind with a big cord doodle on either side of the actual hook.

    Kirsty    Jan 24, 11:59 AM    #

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