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Topic: Help with altering the length of a coat?  (Read 428 times)
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« on: March 21, 2007 12:00:18 PM »

Hi all. Long time since I've posted in here, but I need help!
I've purchased a coat from a second-hand shop, and it's lovely, except I'm far too short for the coat. Just the cut of it is totally wrong for a 3/4 length coat, but would look most lovely if it was knee length. Is there any way I can alter this without making it look obvious / amateur? The coat is made from thick wool, and is lined. I'm a fairy competent seamstress and have sewn coats before, but only from patterns and from scratch... So I'm a bit lost as to where to start!
Thanks if you can help!
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2007 08:08:01 PM »

I shorten coats all the time in my job.  If the linning is separate from the coat treat it much like you would shorten a lined skirt a coat is just more bulky.  If the linning is attached it would probably be easier to finnish it separate  because sometimes the linning is a bit smaller if you are shortening it more than a few inches.

« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2007 02:48:52 PM »

OK... It's attached. So I should just unpick it, shorten it, then finish the lining and wool separately? Thanks! :-)
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2007 05:54:09 PM »

Yes that would be the easiest for you I think.  I know a way to do it and keep the linning attached and it is really easy if you know the steps,  However I don't think I can explain it to you well in words.  I would need to show you and as each coat is a little different I would need to see the coat.  Good luck with it

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