So in my experience Californians deal with winter by putting on a hoodie, but this year Santa Cruz is full of girls in gorgeous wool peacoats, double breasted coats, and duffle coats. I checked out the Salvation Army and found an old red coat in really good condition for $6.40.
Not too flattering, so I ripped out the lining and took it in at the seams. I had planned to do some darts with buttons in the back, but the sleeves were way too big so I was going to have to cut apart the coat anyway.
I think it's definitely wearable, but the pockets are in a weird place now on my frame. Do you think I should take out the pockets and sew the flaps closed?
And this is why I reconstruct- the detailing is really nice, and I only had to sew 2 seams! 2! I am still excited about that.