Happy Halloween! Today is all about the treats, because I am so happy I finished my entry to the Refashioners challenge! For those that aren’t familiar, The Refashioners Challenge is an online competition created by Portia from Makery, that challenges participants to refashion based on a theme. In previous years, I’ve done a denim refashion and a suit refashion. The rules for this year were a little different -it’s all about being inspired by a look or outfit and recreate your own version!
I love the refashioners because it takes me out of my refashioning bubble to test my skills and creativity. But this years challenge of being “inspired by” left me stumped. I was thinking of a movie character or favorite actor who’s style I liked, but came up blank! After the challenge was released, Cath Kidston came out with a cute jacket I really wanted, so I set out to try to find pieces to refashion it! Unfortunately, it was tough to find the right pieces and this project quickly became a pain. Since I couldn’t make the jacket from my favorite designer, I starting looking at fashion from my other favorite designers. I love Alice and Olivia, and think the style of clothing is so fantastic, but the price of their clothing, not so fantastic. I saw this trench coat and automatically fell in love! But at $660, there was no way I would ever buy that. But, it looked like it could make for a great refashion! Here’s the final result!
It took a few weeks to find a trench coat, and I was surprised by the lack of trenches in thrift stores! I went to a rummage sale and found this beauty! I loved the cuff detail, and that it was a double breasted coat, both features the original coat had. And at $12, it was perfect!
I had to rack my brain for a few days to figure out how to cut and re-sew to make it look like the original trench coat, but the first thing I knew I had to do was re-size the entire coat. I removed the collar, arms and body, which also removed the lining and the zippered lining that came with the coat.
First I removed 2″ from each side front piece. I didn’t want to disturb the pockets, and I had to watch the buttons on the front, so taking two inches was as much as I could take. Thankfully it worked out beautifully!
I cut the center back in half to take 4″ out to mimic the front. With all the alterations, I had to alter the neckline to refit the collar. But before the collar, I wanted to fit the sleeves!
The sleeves needed to be taken in a few inches, and the tops had a strange curve to them that needed to be straightened out. The sleeves also had to be chopped in half to make room for the gathered bottoms, and I was able to use the excess of the lower sleeve for the gathering! The cuff detail with D-ring from the original coat was sewn onto the new sleeve, so I was able to use almost the full sleeve!
The part of this refashion that I was extremely nervous about was the collar. I rarely sew collars, and have never drafted my own but I was lucky this coat came with an under collar, and I was able to re-attach the original to the new neckline. I used the old collar outline to make the new collar, just extending the sides. I had to do a few alterations on the new collar, but thankfully it went together easily!
To finish it out, I cut about 6″ off the length, and stitched down the open collar flaps to give it the shape of the original design.
Overall, it doesn’t match exactly to my inspiration, but I love it! The sleeves were gathered more than I intended but it definitely adds more flair! I’m happy with how the collar area came out, and I can wear it a little more open but pull it tighter as well.
I’m really happy with the result, and so happy that I finished. I took some video of the process and am hoping to put it all together soon. What do you think? Did I do the designer coat justice or should I leave the expensive designs to the pros?
Drew and I have a wedding on Friday and it looks like perfect trench coat weather, so she will have her first outing soon!
Update: Here’s the video!