23 November 2008

Winter Wardrobe

Regular readers will note that the header of "Affordable Wardrobe" has officially changed into it's winter clothing. Who ever said that loud patchwork was for madras only?

One of the weirdest, and coolest, thrift finds we have is this odd lap blanket from the Andover Shop that my wife picked up a couple of years ago:
It measures about four feet square, and is made up of bits of some of the finest tweed and flannel cloth I've ever seen, getting a dash of color from a few swatches of corduroy embroidered with such things as strawberries, tennis rackets, lobsters and my personal favorite, the drunken-turtle-top-hat-reveller:

Then there's the back, which consists of three strips of shirt cloth, one blue oxford, one viyella and one tattersall, so soft:I can't think what purpose this blanket was intended for, other than for an old man to drape over his legs while smoking his pipe in a big leather chair in front of the fire with a dog at his feet. We use it to wrap the boy's legs when we're out walking him in the stroller on a particularly cold day.

If it were bigger, I'd seriously consider having it made into a pair of pants. Now that would be something. After all, when you shop thrift for everything, its nice to think that if you ever were to spend a lot of money on something as extravagant as custom made clothes, it would be something as outrageous as that.

p.s. isn't Thom Browne over yet? I know its been awfully cold in Boston lately, and I'm guessing it's been cold in New York too.

9 comments:

Pitboss12 said...

You always have the coolest finds man.

AJD said...

What a fantastic find! I love it!!!

Toad said...

Tres cool

J said...

you should make one to wrap around your legs by the fire too!
if you have enough of thrifted, not-quite-wearables, odd shirts, etc. lying around. You could be the compliment to Grosgrain Garage's blanket!

Tucker said...

Fabulous.

Renovation Therapy said...

I am super jealous. That blanket is a greast score. Kudos to your wife!

heavy tweed jacket said...

Speechless.

Anonymous said...

Excellent blanket, but as aheader it's a bit hard on the eyes.

C.Sharp said...

One can still get some of those pants from O'Connell's in Buffalo.