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Re-use Wool Coat

Jacket Front- Open

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. sews4fun | | #1

    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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    Kate_W | | #2

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

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    Cuada | | #3

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

  4. cloudyhn | | #4

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

  5. Ceeayche | | #5

    Oh yeah this is fabulous!

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    Trudy66 | | #6

    Very talented indeed!

  7. CookieRN85 | | #7

    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!

  8. tuckersmeout | | #8

    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.

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    richardanderson | | #9

    Awesome looking coat and sleeves and belt design are also really nice.

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