What garment I make out of a destroyed WII US NAVY blanket?

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Seth Byrnes, Apr 3, 2021.

  1. Seth Byrnes

    Seth Byrnes One of the Regulars

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    Hey all,

    I picked up a WWII era US navy blanket in two halves. Apparently the previous owner cut it because the center was badly damaged and their intent was to put a seam right up the middle but they never got to it.

    My question is - what sort of garment (or bag) would be a good use of the fabric?

    I could stitch the two halves back together but I could also make a blanket shirt... duffle bag....

    What do you think? Any photos of recycled blanket garments?
     
  2. regius

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    Use as lining for jacket :)
     
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  3. Seth Byrnes

    Seth Byrnes One of the Regulars

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    I thought about that! The thing is that blanket lining is not often as heavy as this, and I think it would be incredibly restricting as a lining. As a standalone garment I think it would be fine though.
     
  4. Seth Byrnes

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    Le Laboreur makes these great blanket weight chore jackets and it has occurred to me that this might be a worthy pattern to pursue, the jacket would be white with a great blue stripe at the bottom.
     
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    That looks like a good project.
     
  6. robrinay

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    But maybe do a mock up in a lighter fabric first and if it proves too difficult then a duffel or Mail bag (messenger style vintage US Mail type) would be easier.
     
  7. Ernest P Shackleton

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    I have a dream of making a certain anorak out of 2-3 of these blankets. The design is rather complicated, so I think I'd need a pattern maker and seamstress to do it. Nothing I could tackle on my own, and the model anorak isn't cheap. From what Pendleton Mills told me a few years ago, they don't make fabric like this anymore. It would be a shame to throw any of it away. Even gloves, mittens, or mitten liners. A crude scarf. An old tyme bicycling cap. I can think of several basic things to make out of it (I still hope to do that anorak though).
     
  8. Pilgrim

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    Poncho, perhaps?
     
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  10. Edward

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    My first thought was to send it to a jacket maker to have it used as a lining for either a longer, Winter leather, or a denim jacket.

    The chore coat style would be a good option if you want to make something yourself.
     

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