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Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Bonjour & Welcome! Conscious by Chloé is a Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion coming to you from Central Oregon.

Make Your Own - Quilted Jacket

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

About a month ago, I found a quilt at a thrift store.

I am not a classic quilt person, but my thrifting radar beeped when it saw that piece of craft(wo)manship. And this is all because of someone I followed on Instagram.

A couple weeks before that, I had seen on Julie D. O'Rourke's Insta stories how she transforms quilts into jackets. Then I discovered Psychic Outlaw's shop and, from there, everything started snowballing.

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

So back to the quilt. I bought it, went back home, and considered drafting a pattern from a quilted jacket I already owned.

It took me a couple week to cut the pattern. And then another couple weeks to make the first cut into the quilt.

And this brings us to 2 days ago.

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Process

I take Mondays off to do nothing or work on creative projects. And little did I know that it would be the day I would tackle this project.

I moved the furniture, spread the quilt on the floor and tried to figure out how to cut my pieces.

And that's where I made my first mistake, not realizing that the back of the jacket is longer than the front and taking this into account so that the pattern would match between the front and the back...

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

But there was no going back (I had no extra fabric on hand), so I owned my mistake and powered through.

I won't go into too many details about the process as I mostly winged it. I seriously wish I had bought a pattern rather than tried to draft one from my Everlane Quilted Jacket, but I'm impatient and when motivation/inspiration calls, there's no waiting!

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Things went rather smoothly and I even went as far as making my own bias tape. Well it's not exactly bias, as I created it from a long piece of fabric and did not cut it into the bias of the fabric...

Did I lose some of you already? I'm not a sewing expert, but I just happen to have listened to a Love to Sew Podcast episode dedicated to bias and learned so much!

Side note: I considered getting a bias tape maker, but refer back to the previous paragraphs where I mention my lack of patience...

After a couple hours of cutting and sewing, I finally had a jacket with sleeves!

And then I stopped to go to bed before I started making too many mistakes.

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

The following morning, I fixed a couple errors and cut pockets while waiting for the thrift store to open to buy the final touch: buttons!

I did a quick poll on Insta stories and you told me to go for the colorful buttons - which was the cheapest option :)

So there you have it, my first (and probably last) attempt at making a jacket from a thrifted quilt!

It cost me a whooping $21.10 ($20 for the quilt + $1.10 for 6 buttons).

You can find pictures of the whole process in the highlight on my Insta Stories.

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Inspiration

I went down a rabbit hole and found these amazing makers:

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Patterns

After a little research I found that the following patterns would work great for a quilted jacket:

  • The Tamarack Quilted Jacket.

  • The Haori Japanese-inspired jacket.

  • McCall's [5162 Boxy Lined Jacket](McCall's 5162 Boxy Lined Jackets: jacket with patch pockets, bias trim, easy sewing pattern).

  • The Chandra Quilted Jacket.

I took advantage of the fact that Octave needed to borrow something from a friend/neighbor to tag along and shoot a couple pictures on the way back home.

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Outfit details

How To Make A Quilt Jacket by Conscious by Chloé


Have you been working on a creative project lately?

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Polaroids by Rirri for Conscious by Chloé

Picture by Rirri

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend?

Octave repaired an old hard drive of mine so I'll be digging through pictures from college and getting horrified at my past hairstyle choices.

Here are a couple links to things that have caught my attention or kept me busy this week:

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What are your plans for the weekend?

Make Your Own - Embroidered Letters T-Shirt

Embroidered Letters T-Shirt Tutorial by Conscious by Chloé

What a week it's been! I don't know about you, but I've felt the need to disconnect and focus my energy on or - better yet - channel my anxiety into a project.

I got white tees for $2 a piece a couple weeks ago at a local thrift store and had a little fun with them. After cleaning them - rookie mistake, I did not notice that they had nasty armpits stains - I experimented with different techniques- The first one I wanted to try was a natural tie-dye method but I ended up doing bundle-dying before summer was over and all the flowers had disappeared.

Embroidered Letters T-Shirt Tutorial by Conscious by Chloé

But I digress...

So last week, after tackling my mending pile, I still had some shashiko threaded on my embroidery needle and decided to ornate one of my white tees.

But I had to figure out what to embroider. I dedicated a whole Pinterest board to this project but ended up with the phrase "OK then".

I do not know what it means to you, but Octave started using it after watching Season 2 of Fargo.

Embroidered Letters T-Shirt Tutorial by Conscious by Chloé

Since I have no previous embroidery experience, I watched this video and freestyled from there. I used a small embroidery hoop to secure my workzone, handwrote my message with a pencil and went for it.

Embroidered Letters T-Shirt Tutorial by Conscious by Chloé

It's far from perfect, but it kept my mind off the election for a half hour...

Now that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won the race, many empowering messages are coming to my mind and I'm ready to do this again.

Embroidered Letters T-Shirt Tutorial by Conscious by Chloé


What message should I embroider next?

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Kamala and Jow Let's Go by Do-Hee Kim for Conscious by Chloé

Visual by Do-Hee Kim

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? If you haven't done so, and (unlike me) you're a US citizen, I hope you're gonna vote. If you're not sure how to do that, check out Vote Save America, where you'll find all the details relevant to where you live.

Here are a couple links to things that have caught my attention or kept me busy this week:

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What are your plans for the weekend?

10 Little Things

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It's been a long while since I last published in the 10 little things section.

We don't necessarily notice them, but those little things put a little magic into our lives.

Here are 10 little things that have been making me happy lately:

  1. Seeing deers on my morning walks.
  2. Pumpkin soup.
  3. The local newspaper crosswords.
  4. A new cookbook.
  5. Propagating plants.
  6. Petrichor.
  7. A warm shower before bed.
  8. Fresh sheets.
  9. A new desk I made (with a little help).
  10. Sunday croissants.

What little things have been making you happy lately?