So, I went to the local Salvos a few days ago, and picked up this (IMHO) nightmarish creation, to try and turn into something cute to wear over singlets in summer, and succeeded!
So, here's the original photo of the coat...jacket...thing. Please excuse my pyjamas, it's cold here.
It hit about mid-backside, and although you can't see in these photos, the shoulderpads made me look like something from a horror movie. I could've flown away on them.
So, I did the humane thing and cut them off. I also measured how long I wanted it to be, by putting a piece of tape across where i thought it should fall, and cutting just under the line it made. It gave me juuust enough seam allowance that way.
I also had to cut into the side of where the buttons were, because there was some extra fabric and interfacing there, that I needed to fold up later.
I hemmed it, and tried it on again.
Success! It is now a length that does not make me look like my grandmother. However...
The neckline is still entirely weird on me. So, I then went to my wardrobe and dug out a shirt that had the neckline I wanted, and traced that onto the fabric. Cut it out, hemmed it...
...and voila! It's got a pretty good neckline now. It looks all rumpled because I cannot iron until the morning.
The last thing I did, was draw a nice line around the sleeves and cut them off, so they were summer-appropriate. I hemmed them and made them a slight cap-sleeve, so I have ease of movement.
Got rid of the weird interfacing bits, hemmed any excess, and will iron in the morning.
But, for all this talk of summer, the weather forecast (thank you, antarctica, for sending horrific weather at us) for tomorrow is for snow at sea level. Which, to be honest, rarely happens in Australia. Least of all in spring.
What do you think?