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Topic: Ideas for ALTERING the exterior of a PUFFING COAT?  (Read 852 times)
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« on: October 28, 2012 10:52:37 PM »

This is not a sewing question.  I need a warm coat.  I found a warm, down coat made by Miss Sixty at Nordstrom Rack.  It fits great, is super lightweight and is a good price.  The only thing that bugs me is that it's booooring.  It is just another long, black coat.  

This is not the coat I have, but I happen to think that the "harvest moon blue" of this Patagonia Fiona Down Parka is simply stunning.


Now that's the kind of color that jerks one out of their winter funk and slams them into Happy Town.  But at 300 C-notes, I just can't bring myself to buy such a coat... and without a hood while I dwell in Seattle seems all the more impractical!

I am aware of the powers of scarves, hats, and gloves for color, but I want this coat to speak for itself if possible.  I keep wondering if there is some brilliant idea to alter or embellish the exterior of this coat.  Of course it's got a synthetic (100% nylon) shell, so I believe dying is entirely out of the question.  I don't want some terrible, kitschy, bedazzled disaster.  If there were a way for it to remain in the realm of sophisticated but all the while become uniquely badass, then that would be simply amazing.  

I love emerald green.  I was trying to think if I could add a thin green stripe to each layer of "puff" or something like that which is subtle, but still kind of makes it POP! Hrrrm.....

You guys are brilliant, and surely far more well versed in current craft products than I.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.  I don't want to turn this new coat into a piece of hokey junk, but if I could jazz it up in a smart way then that would be stellar.  It just seems like it would just be so much easier were it wool or leather or something.  Obviously the right idea just hasn't come to me yet, but there's got to be a way!

Thanks in advance :-)

PS: I can take a photo of the coat and upload it if that would be helpful.  (I have not found the precise coat in an imagine online.)
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2012 03:12:53 AM »

Would there be lee way for some fabulous quilting patterns on the coat you have? You could use an emeral green thread to give it some highlights? Never tried it, just thinking on the problem...

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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2012 11:14:51 AM »

Since you love green, that could be your main embellishment colour. What about some sparkly trim of some kind down either side of the zipper, with a hand-beaded embellishment on the back shoulders? Something like these, perhaps:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Indianbeautifulart (IBA's Etsy store, if you're more comfy with that)


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