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« on: September 06, 2007 06:41:50 PM »

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.

« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2007 07:01:18 PM »

Nice idea!  The fleece should make it much cozier!
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2007 09:50:43 PM »

Very inventive!  I love pink and black.

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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2007 05:38:23 AM »

I admire your ambition.  You look BEAUTIFUL!  Best wishes to you in your studies at Edinburgh!  Hope your coat doesn't just look good but keeps you warm enough too.  GOOD JOB!

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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2007 04:32:41 PM »

The weather is pretty nice over here right now but you'll definitely need that in a month or two!  It looks great on you and so stylish.  Wear it with pride and good luck!

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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2007 08:56:48 PM »

I went to Edinburgh in '98 & didn't want to leave!
You'll definitely need that coat! Wink
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2007 02:28:03 AM »

cool!  i did this exact thing to my peacoat last winter.  the linings have a way of just,.. falling apart.  except i lined mine with a flower print satin that i ripped out of another coat i had.  it was weird...they matched up perfectly.

so now you have a nice warm cozy coat!  awesome Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2007 06:52:23 AM »

It looks great (and warm)!

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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2007 03:52:59 PM »

hey Smiley that's a pretty good coat there. you'll love it in edinburgh, there's the most incredible charity shops ever. I was swimming in clothes patterns when I went this summer, and if I'd had room in my bag I'd have had the fabric to make them too. let me know if you need any reccomendations! Cheesy
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2007 05:55:42 PM »

Neat! Very creative, and useful.

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