I'm going to refit my old wool coat to be a bit more flattering. It's a super straight, plain, knee-length wool/cashmere blend with beautiful royal blue satin lining, and I love the quality, But it's getting a little shapeless and needs some modification.
The plan is to remove the lining at the bottom, trim several inches off the bottom, use that to make a belt, add some darts, belt loops, maybe new buttons.
I'd like to know if anyone wants to throw out any advice to me before I get started. Wondering about things like-- does wool need to be cut in a particular way? (like, do I need to use those zigzag scissors), do I need to use a particular type of stitch in the sewing machine or just the standard? Do I need special thread?
I've added darts to something before... On a coat can I add darts just at the waist or do I need to run them all the way up to the sholders?
And, finally, any suggestions for adding cuteness to a very plain long black coat? I just figure making it a little more fitted and a little shorter, but I'm open to crazy ideas!