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Alabama Stitch recycled Spring Spats

Added Feb 24, 2010

by merrybe

Münster, Germany






I guess I am to late to enter the contest- as always- but here they are anyway: my Spring Spats. The applique was inspired by the Alabama Stitch floral patterns. However, I kept it rather simple, I merely wanted the applique to emphasize the organic colour combination of the brown tweed and the plum lining, they are so nice together!
I tried handstitching the applique, but it turned out to be too much, with the herringbone being quite dominant. But I will definitely try that again when I make them in solid colours.
As for sustainability: all my spats and gaiters are made from leftovers and cut-offs from the fashion industry, small pieces that are perfect for small accessory projects. The materials are high quality and I put a lot of care in the sewing, with double seams, piping and such- I want my stuff to last, because that also is sustainability.

This product is for sale
By merrybe at http://de.dawanda.com/shop/merrybe

Material Notes

tweed, wool cloth, recycled materials




Garment Type
Bohemian, Romantic, Steampunk, Victorian

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    Feb 1, 2011, 03.52 AMby vecadi

    so cute !!! love them… i was looking for a pattern to fix some old boots that I have…it there anny place you recommend to look into? Great inspiration :)

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    Mar 11, 2010, 07.50 PMby merrybe

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    Mar 1, 2010, 09.15 AMby maaiketje


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    Feb 28, 2010, 05.11 PMby merrybe

    Thank you, thank you…Actually, I’m torn between sharing and telling you that I make these spats for a living and that I’m constantly working on improving the fit. So, for now please take a look at my shop http://de.dawanda.com/shop/merrybe (part of my descriptions are in german only, I’ve been lazy) for more spats and gaiters. For now, I will give all of you lovely burdastyle-members a 10% discount, just leave me a note… But as I took the week off to come up with new stuff, I’ll try and squeeze in a how-to…

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    Feb 26, 2010, 02.02 AMby sewshaggy

    Very cool!

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    Feb 25, 2010, 01.35 AMby judeb

    I have never been a lover of spats, however you have just converted me, these are lovely, I want a pair!

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    Feb 25, 2010, 12.51 AMby beaufabulous

    I’m in love with these shoes!! so awesome!

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    Feb 24, 2010, 07.33 PMby gray

    REaly love them… want to share a pattern??

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    Feb 24, 2010, 06.27 PMby sandoz18

    SO cute! I’d love to see a how-to or pattern if you ever feel like taking the time (and sharing). :)

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    Feb 24, 2010, 01.44 PMby sockbuttons

    Beautiful! This is a great way to spruce up a pair of old boots, I would wear them any day.

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    Feb 24, 2010, 12.42 PMby sabzarap

    Als ich die Gamaschen gesehen habe, habe ich mir gedacht, dass wenn mir meine Schuhe nicht mehr gefallen, ich mir auch sowas nähen sollte ;O) Deine Gamaschen sind wunderschön und ich muss dir zustimmen, das die Aplikation mit Nähmaschiene genäht besser aussehen. Wie näht man Gamaschen? Vielleicht könntest du ja eine Anleitung dazu schreiben?

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    Feb 24, 2010, 12.32 PMby bridlin

    wunderschön! Sowas muß ich auch machen!!!

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    Feb 24, 2010, 11.08 AMby mayadaughterofsun

    love them

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