A friend of mine was gifted this lovely off-white coat (some kind of synthetic blend) after working at a church function. She loved the coat, but kept it in her closet for almost a year because it was beastly long. Like me, she is vertically challenged. She brought it over in hopes that I could make it a bit more user-friendly. Right away, I could see that it would be great as what we used to know as a "car coat" - one that kept you warm but wasn't so long that it would get caught in the car door.
|Before the transformation|
|Off with their heads!|
|Good-bye, shoulder pads! Make friends with the other remnants!|
Next, I marked the hemline with chalk, then opened out the lining and cut the coat. (I don't know why, but this part always feels like I'm going to get into trouble for chopping up a perfectly good garment. Hard to shake that little voice in my head!)
|Whacka, whacka, whacka!|
The coat's previous hemline, lining hemline, and front facings were all hand-hemmed. I think to retain that "professional" look, a lot of hand-stitching is coming down the pike. Here's an example:
|Loosened hand-stitching can be seen near the top.|
Tomorrow: New buttonholes, new button placement, hand-stitching, and Voila! New coat! Stay tuned!