This week I brought a coat back from the dead, I’ve called it the ‘Fashion’ jacket after Bowies appropriately titled song. This thing has been staring at me for months hanging there on the wardrobe door amongst the bags and jackets, I could see potential in this scrofulous $5 blah- do you like that word? I found it in my thesaurus, I like it, I’m going to use it more often, you know, expand my vocabulary a bit but without the risk of sounding like a twat!. Anyway I felt the coat needed to be saved and had every intention to refashion it into todays post but could never find the time . This weeks sewing theme is refashioning. Perfect! time to get busy.
I have no idea what that fabric is, some sort of weave, is it boucle? *shrugs* anyways, a while ago I bought this rad refashioning book called Junky Stylin it’s filled with lots of funky upcycling ideas, some good some not. This coat refashion is the best thing out. Here is a quick overview of the instructions: Firstly, I had turned the coat upside down, removed the sleeves at the seams including the lining, clipped off the corner edge of each shoulder seam, turned the sleeves upside down, and sewed them back on the wrong way. Are you lost?
So yes! the collar is now at my waist, the front bodice is then crossed over one another where a large button and matching buttonhole has been fixed to keep it sitting pretty. The back bottom half of the coat is now the collar, so to control some of that bulk I folded it down into three pleats and sewed it into place. I then cut the belt in half and sewed this along the two draped edges at the front, this part was interesting, it took a bit of fiddling to get things to sit right and it turns out I can wear this coat, jacket, bolero even, three different ways which is rather versatile I think. I love how the jacket sits, I think it has that whole japanese designer Yoji Yamamoto or Comme des Garcons look, you know! like an exercise in suffering, is that a hat or coat? kinda thing, anyway ….huge fan.
I love to see a confused onlookers face studying what the hell is going on with my outfit. If I see someone wearing something structurally mind blowing I just want to mow them down rip their clothes off and suss out how it was constructed. I’ll often take a very expensive structurally awesome item into a change room just to study and take photos of how it was constructed sometimes it’s the most simplest thing that I wished I’d thought of.
Well I’m chuffed with this one, not to everyones taste which is good. I’ll definitely look twice at those poorly neglected coats/jackets just hanging about in the thrift stores screaming pick me pick me I just know there is potential. Do you want to see something funny? You see I actually did two refashions for this post but the second turned out so bad I could see it ending up on Regretsy- where DIY meets WTF. This is a total WTF. Click here then here and then come back and tell me I’m not wrong.
Happy sewing you gorgeous thing you and thank you for popping in and taking the time to look around and comment, your words are very encouraging and very much appreciated, sometimes I can’t always get around to your blog home to comment because time is of the essence, you know, work, side projects, graphic design work, hubby cuddles, homework with the kiddies, sewing lessons with my daughter, hanging out with my son talking and playing Star Wars, (he thinks I make the worst Sith Lord ha!) so please don’t think I’m a snob I’m just prioritising really. Anyway, I cant wait to show you next weeks handmade garment I just put the finishing touches to her, c h u f f e d! so pop me into your reader and wait for the number to alert you of my next post or add me on Facebook,Twitter or Google+? where I also share a link. We’re out and about today so hopefully the rain holds off so I can get some decent ‘out and about’ photos for next weeks art challenge. Happy happy sewing.