Brechin woman up to the challenge

Janice is pictured with the winning coat she designed and made.

Janice is pictured with the winning coat she designed and made.

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A Brechin woman and craft enthusiast has won The Frockery eco-fashion challenge.

Janice Stewart, owner of Notions of Brechin, designed and made a coat and matching bag using old jumpers and mixed fabrics as part of the challenge run by The Frockery, a small on-line boutique based in Forfar that specialises in vintage, retro and recycled fashion.

The competition was to design clothing using hand made, vintage, recycled or second hand materials during the month of February.

Janice’s entry of a warm wool coat was “upcycled” from jumpers that were donated or sourced from the local Salvation Army charity shop.

“I saw these style of coats on the internet and they cost an absolute fortune.

“I thought, I can do that, so I just spent eight hours in my house to create the coat.

“You do not get a pattern. I got a PDF tutorial which showed me how to do it. You do not do any measuring, you just wing it and create it and that is what turned out.”

The coat was created by sewing the seams on the outside of the coat using an overlocker.

Janice won a voucher for £100 for creating the most stylish and creative eco-fashionable ensemble.

With the left over material from the project Janice has made a number of bags which are for sale, in her shop at St Ninian’s Square, for a cost of £5.

For each bag sold Janice will donate 50p to the Salvation Army shop.