I just finished my "ReFashion/Repurpose" entry for the Pattern Review contest that ends on Nov. 15. The rules are to use anything that has already been worn and make something entirely new out of it.
I went to the Thrift store and purchased (VERY cheaply) 3 wool and 1 suede men's coats, some silk ties and 4 sweaters (which I didn't end up using) shown here:
I had an idea that I wanted something "patch-work"looking in the style of this French Au Bonheur pattern (sadly no longer in business)
First I threw all of the "thrifted" items in the washing machine and dryer, even the suede coat which came out looking much better! I couldn't "cut" on any of the items until Nov. 1, the contest start date but at least they were clean. When the start date arrived I began seam-ripping and cutting the coats apart, leaving the biggest flat pieces possible. Wow, did I learn a lot about tailoring from these Italian made coats!