Welcome to the 316th Metamorphosis Monday!
Thanks for sharing all the wonderful stories about your Barbour jackets in the comments on Friday’s post. I had so much fun reading those. If there’s one thing I’ve learned during the process of researching and finally buying a Barbour coat is that Barbour coat owners love and are passionate about their coats. They talk about them like you would a trusted and well-loved friend.
I wore mine out for a casual dinner on Valentine’s night and again today (Sunday) for a mid-afternoon Starbucks/Whole Foods run. I noticed today, it’s one of the few coats I have ever actually felt comfortable in while driving. Normally coats are just too bulky and uncomfortable to wear while driving.
Okay, I have a long-awaited (at least for me) Before and After for you today.
A Long-Awaited Before And After
Back around the middle of November, not long after I purchased a tartan duvet, HERE, I shared this picture below of my winter bedding. The bedding I’ve been using on my master bed for many, many years is super summery. I still love it, but I’ve always dreamed of having two sets of bedding, one for spring/summer to use April through September and a second set of bedding for the fall/winter months, October through March.
When I purchased the plaid duvet, I was hoping to find the exact same fabric so I could have a dust ruffle made. My bed has a 25 inch drop, so anytime I purchase bedding, I always need to have the bedskirt custom-made.
Since I wasn’t able to find the red plaid fabric anywhere (I think it’s an exclusive fabric for Williams-Sonoma) I did the next best thing and purchased six large tablecloths in the same tartan fabric. Fortunately, I found the tablecloths on eBay for a lot less than they were online at Williams-Sonoma.
The seamstress I chose to make the bedskirt was unfortunately all booked up until after Christmas. So, just for fun, I opened up a few of the tablecloths and tucked them in under the mattress to simulate how the bed would look with its bedskirt in place. The photo below (which is the same as the one above) was the photo I shared with you back in November in this post: Dressing the Bed in Tartan, Ralph Lauren Inspired.
Of course, I fessed up in that post that the bedskirt was really just pretend. If you look closely, it’s easy to see the bedskirt looks suspiciously like tablecloths because of the narrow, ribbon-like trim running along the edge. Yep, totally faking it, but hey, it worked to give us an idea how it was gonna look! 🙂
Measurements were taken in mid-January and on Sunday (yesterday) the bedskirt was at last ready.
So, what do you think? Could you get cozy here with a good book on a cold winter’s night? There are plenty of those happening here in Georgia this week! Brrrr!
I’m using it on the bed for the month of February…an ode to Valentine’s Day.
I didn’t do a very good job of placing the pillows on the bed today before taking these pictures, but hopefully you get the idea of how it looks with a real bedskirt in place. At. Last.
I still need to work on a solution for my floppy flange on the red tartan pillows. The flange is so wide, it refuses to stand up.
Since the bedskirt was just delivered on Sunday, I think I may leave the winter bedding in place through the month of April instead of swapping it out for my summer bedding on April 1st as I had planned. That will give me a little more time to enjoy it.
Update for Fall/Winter 2015: Williams-Sonoma brought this bedding back again this year. You’ll find it here: Tartan Bedding
Have you ever used tablecloths or sheets to make something when the fabric was nowhere to be found?
Looking forward to all the wonderful Before and Afters for this Met Monday!
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Only link up Before and After posts that are home, gardening, crafting, painting, sewing, cooking, DIY related.
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