My grandmother (who is turning 82 this year) just gave me 2 housecoats. One is hers. One is my great grandmother's, who passed away soon before she turned 102. (That one has a coffee stain on the front that I'm not sure if I can get out...she's where I got that from apparently, among other things).
I want to do something with them, because housecoats aren't really my style and I'd just wear them out at some point and have nothing to pass on...but I don't want to cut them up unless the idea I have for them is worth it. I certainly don't want to cut them into tiny pieces.
There is nothing too big. I hopefully have plenty of years to work on these, or sit on them until the right idea comes along (see: almost 102) but...I want to see them and display them in some form.
I'm not very good at quilting, or sewing. I'm passable. I can learn almost any embroidery technique on the planet though, so hit me with an idea if you've got it. Other skills that are probably irrelevant: yarn spinning, felting (wet and dry), knit, crochet, basic tatting, basic bobbin lacemaking.
I'm posting pics so you can see the fabric patterns.
Grandma's. Fabric is very thin, colors are cutesy. Quarter on fabric for size reference. Fabric content unknown, from JC Penney. Click if you need the picture bigger.
Great Grandma's. Fabric is thicker, has no collar, has pearlized buttons. Quarter on fabric for size reference. Fabric is a cotton/poly blend, brand name Basic Editions (knockoff brand). Click if you need the bigger picture.