Well, here it is folks, the moment you’ve all been waiting for.
I finally got the nerve to make the first chop on the ugly coat refashion I’ve been telling you about.
You guys gave me a ton of great ideas on how to refashion the coat, and to be honest, some of the ideas intimidated me a bit.
I was like, “I don’t know if I can do it!,” but I’m glad you have so much confidence in me!
Although it’s not finished yet, I got quite a bit accomplished today, and I’d like to share my progress with you!
The first thing that desperately needed to be done…was removing those hideous buttons!
Whew! That’s better!
This coat has a zip-out jacket-liner along with regular lining. I started by unzipping the first liner, and then I used my seam-ripper to take out the zipper (which also took out the other lining with it).
After deconstructing the coat, I was left with all of these…
Next, I chopped off some of that length…
Do you notice those black things hanging out of the top part of the coat? They’re the pockets! I made the cut right underneath the pockets, so I could keep them. I have to have pockets, otherwise that would just bug me. : )
After trying on the coat again, I realized it needed to be taken in quite a bit! So I took it in from the back.
And also from the sides…
After making sure the back and sides were pinned right where they needed to be, I put them through my machine…
The overwhelming bit of advice I received from readers of this blog and also from the MadMama Facebook page, was to change out the buttons to some black ones…
Here’s a closer look…
What do you think?
Now that the coat isn’t so baggy on me and has some new and improved buttons, I got busy cutting strips from the bottom (cut off) part of the coat.
I ended up getting 4 – 3″ wide strips out of all of the leftovers.
I decided to add on a ruffle along the bottom of my new coat, so I started with the strip that already had a finished edge, and pinned it around the bottom of the coat to make a ruffle.
Since I took the coat in so much, the strip was longer than the coat, so i just folded the strip over here and there as I pinned it along the edge to make a pleated ruffle. If my explanation did nothing to help you visualize what the heck I’m talking about, here’s a ruffle tutorial via Bandy Canyon. (The tutorial shows much more uniform pleated ruffles, my pleats were spread out a bit more.)
Once it was pinned all the way around the way I wanted it, I sewed it all together.
Well, that’s as far as I got tonight. I plan on adding ruffles onto the cuffs to lengthen the sleeves (as they’re too short on my long arms).
I also plan on adding some detail to the back of the coat, perhaps another ruffle or two, and adding the lining back into the coat.
I’m still not sure if I should leave the collar on or remove it.
What do you think?
Stay tuned to see what happens in 49-Cent Friday: Ugly Coat Refashion: Part Two!
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