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Re-use Wool Coat

Aug 13, 2010
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As course work for one of my pattern drafting classes I had to make a modern womens jacket by recycling men’s wool garments I found at thrift stores. In the end I cheated a little, and used a full men’s Suit, women’s pants, and women’s jacket. The buckle was purchased and covered.

My inspiration was 1940’s style jackets and Regency Pelisses (I LOVE the sleeves!). All of the pockets on the jacket are the original ones from the mens suit. The sleeves are cut in five peices on the bias.

To get the pattern I used a combination of draping (To get the basic shape) then drafted afterwards all of the facings, collar and lining patterns etc.

The jacket is 100% complete yet. I still have to finish the belt, sleeve ends, front closure (covered snaps) and line it. I have some really cute cream silk I bought in New york I am going to use as lining. It has black and green stars on it. From the outisde, however, the jacket is complete.

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  1. User avater tuckersmeout January 21st

    This brought back so many happy memories. When I was young, my family didn't have much money. My mother would buy a woman's wool coat at the thrift store and remake it for me. My two favorites were the black dress coat to which she added red corduroy cuffs, welting, and lining, and another black coat to which she added yellow and black checked wool cuffs, collar and lining. I felt so pretty and special to have these handmade gems.

  2. CookieRN85 December 8th

    Love your coat. Any chance you may sell your pattern? I have my Cadet coat from years ago when I went to West Point and it would be great to use it to make a similar coat. Thanks!

  3. User avater Trudy66 September 16th

    Very talented indeed!

  4. CHL September 14th

    Oh yeah this is fabulous!

  5. cloudyhn August 24th

    Wow... This is so cool. I love it.

  6. User avater Cuada August 17th

    This is stunning - I especially love the checkered accents, I could imagine this pattern looking great in so many other fabrics too:)

  7. User avater Kate_W August 16th

    Very nice. I really like the collar open or closed and the sleeve is just great! Thank you.

  8. sews4fun August 16th

    I LOVE what you have done with this coat!! I always appreciate anyone who can take a useless garment and recycle it into something lovely and usable! Three cheers for you!!!!

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