I'm headed to study in Edinburgh in two days (!!) and my heavy down coat will just not fit in a suitcase. I have this wool pea coat that I absolutely love, but it's not very warm because cold air gets up inside it through the bottom. In addition to that, dry cleaning has completely destroyed the acetate lining and pockets. I happened to have a lot of pink fleece that my grandmother's friend gave me a few years ago, so I set to replacing the pockets and some of the lining with it. My grandmother's friend passed away two years ago, and so this is also a great way to remember her by, since she was the one who inspired me to try learning to sew.
Blurry, but you can sort of see how the insides are all ripped. I cut out as much of the lining from the back as I could and tacked the fleece into the three back seams--from the outside, it's all invisible.
Sad, shredded lining... This was once a pocket. I made fleece pockets with my sewing machine and sewed them in by hand because maneuvering that much wool coat under a sewing machine presser foot was more trouble than it was worth.
The black thread on the pink fleece isn't very attractive, but oh well. This is also still a work in progress, as some of the acetate remains in front, but for now the coat is much more snug and also a lot warmer.
Action shot! The thick pockets have made the coat a bit thick in the front, which is unfortunate, but at least I HAVE pockets now.