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Topic: HELP its cold and i dont have a jacket (pic ginormous)  (Read 551 times)
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receeoni
« on: December 19, 2007 12:39:03 PM »

ok so i have this jacket and it is very old granny also it is very large on me

it has a very strange neckline or i should say it has an old granny neckline
it sort of has a stretchy sweater thing and also a normal neckline its odd and uncomfortable

then there is the cuffs which are the same oddness as the neckilne

now we move to the back and well idk what this part is called but i HATE it because its all sticky outie

also we have the inside which is this like silky pinkish material

and here is a close up of the outer material(wool)

and so i would like some suggestions of how i should/could reconstruct it into something more wearable and i forgot to mention the enormous shoulder pads
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2007 07:49:20 PM »

Hello 1986! It was a terrible era for cuffs and collars I'm afraid. The lining is just plain old lining stuff.
I say rip all the seams and start over. Grin
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mystico_tala
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2007 08:20:57 PM »

I second Penlowe.  Ripping it apart would be your best bet.  Then you can make anything you want out of the pieces!
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stripey_cat
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2007 03:17:07 AM »

Sit down with a pair of very fine scissors, your favourite audio-book, a good light, and a large pot of tea.  Start unpicking all the sewing.  Take regular breaks to shake the stiffness out of your hands.  Once you have the coat stripped down to pieces of cloth and a pile of notions, sort through to see what is re-useable.  Don't throw out facings and the like if they're in good condition - you may be able to recut them, and even if not, they'll be useful to test your needle and seams on.  If the fabric is pure wool, you can wash it carefully and iron it gently.  Once you've done all that, you can start thinking about how to recut the coat.   From the look of that picture, there's plenty of width, but the panels are short - you may end up with either a waist seam or a short jacket.

K.
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christysaysrawr
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2007 01:28:00 PM »

agreed.
rip it all apart
and use it for raw material to make something new....
like a hoodie...
or
McCall's M5513.

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