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A Most Satisfying Refashion

As I mentioned a few posts back, I have a number of refashioning projects in my work line-up. I finished the housecoat-to-tailored coat project at the end of last week, and I'm excited to show you how it turned out.

If you remember, I received a house coat from a client. She had already taken it apart to make the lining, so I received the housecoat, the lining, sleeves, buttons, and a scarf. My job was to put it all together, while adding shape and details.

Here's what I did:

  • Added darts to the front and back of the coat and lining and added shape to side seams
  • Took out lining sleeves and sewed them back in (client had mistakenly sewn them inside out)
  • Added tie interfacing to sleeve heads of main sleeves and attached
  • Removed 4" from length 
  • Used the scarf to make cuff bands and a waistband
  • Drafted collar pattern with a timely tutorial from Rhonda Buss
  • Used excess hem fabric to make collar
  • Attached collar
  • Re-attached neck facing and used interfaced hem binding to face the center front closure
  • Added snaps and buttons to closure
  • Hand stitched lining to coat 

3" mock up collar - too tall!

2" mock up collar - just right!

Pattern for collar

I think this is my biggest refashion transformation so far and I had a lot of fun solving the various problems that came up during the process. And the lovely Rhonda Buss came to my rescue once again - I woke up the morning I needed to draft the collar and found that she had published the EXACT tutorial I needed the night before! How's that for serendipity?
2 comments on "A Most Satisfying Refashion"
  1. So happy that I was able to help in a serendipitous manner! Looks great!

  2. Wow! That's so neat! I'm a sucker for unique outerwear - I bet the owner of this coat is going to LOVE wearing this around town!