I did something really embarrassing and probably foreseeable by most people: I hung my favorite running coat to dry by the fireplace, and it melted. Not "caught on fire"... MELTED. Because that's what nylon polyester blends do, by the way. They melt.
In my defense, I have been hanging that coat to dry by the fireplace for YEARS and it was never an issue, but apparently this time, it was just a smidgen too close and I had to scrape down feathers and black goo off my glass fireplace screen... which reminded me of the time a bird died *IN* our car engine. Equally gross. Equally full of feathers and goo.
I highly dislike sewing, so I scoured all of the internet and Poshmark and Tradesy and eBay to try to find someone selling this coat so I could simply replace it (this coat is an older Fabletics coat, so I couldn't just buy it new again). NOTHING. No one at all is willing to give theirs up, and I don't blame them. This coat is amazing. But basically everything from Fabletics is (I do my marathon training and running almost exclusively in their gear).
I snipped off part of the damaged section of the coat and went to multiple fabric stores to try to match the fabric. Finally I found a place that carried performance and apparel fabrics, but the turquoise I found was several shades off. But the material was correct. But then I found a satin (probably used for prom dresses and formal wear) that was a really close match to the color... but, high shine satin.
I decided to go with the satin simply because I wanted the repair to not be noticeable and matching the color was going to be the best way to do it. Secondly, the BACK side of the satin fabric was not shiny, so I simply had the non-shiny side facing outward. Then I simply sewed a new panel, and restuffed it with feathers, which was as messy as you imagine. But here's my end result:
I am excited to have my favorite winter running coat available to wear again, especially since I'm heading to some cold climates in the next week. I still hate sewing, but damn it's useful.