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« on: January 08, 2012 02:58:47 PM »

I'm going to refit my old wool coat to be a bit more flattering. It's a super straight, plain, knee-length wool/cashmere blend with beautiful royal blue satin lining, and I love the quality, But it's getting a little shapeless and needs some modification.

The plan is to remove the lining at the bottom, trim several inches off the bottom, use that to make a belt, add some darts, belt loops, maybe new buttons.

I'd like to know if anyone wants to throw out any advice to me before I get started.  Wondering about things like-- does wool need to be cut in a particular way? (like, do I need to use those zigzag scissors), do I need to use a particular type of stitch in the sewing machine or just the standard? Do I need special thread?
I've added darts to something before... On a coat can I add darts just at the waist or do I need to run them all the way up to the sholders?

And, finally, any suggestions for adding cuteness to a very plain long black coat? I just figure making it a little more fitted and a little shorter, but I'm open to crazy ideas!
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2012 12:54:15 AM »

Sounds lovely. (I'm going to talk in metric as I don't know inches sorry).

1. No you don't need special scissors or thread, just use a good quality thread. You may need a bigger (thicker) needle than your usual one though, but I would try to sew a bit and see how your machine goes.

2. You can add darts at the waist, just pin them in first to see how they look before sewing, or sew with a long wide basting stitch and then try on the coat to see how it looks. I would probably sew the darts about 10-15cm long (depends on how tall you are and how long the coat is). I would stop below the bust. Try not to put too much shaping in, just take in a few cms each side (4 -5 cm maximum in each dart).

3. Adding cuteness? Well i guess you could make a little flower corsage with a button and attach it (sorry, I work in children's wear we add corsages and frills to everything!)

4. Make sure you're going to have enough fabric for the belt! They are deceptive in how long they need to be and how much fabric you need. Remember they fold over in half and usually are over 1 1/2 metres long and then you have seam allowance. If you are only taking off a couple of inches you probably won't have a very wide belt (or it'll end up being too short) and then you won't have enough fabric for belt loops.

Anyway, good luck I don't think I've ever cut up one of my jackets before. Smiley
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