The Fashion Jacket
Fabric | I have no idea, Trish will know! what’s this stuff called Trish?
Pattern | A technicoloured coat.
Year | The year of ugly?
Notions | One red button
Time to complete | A couple of episodes of The Cosby Show, I figured if I could channel a Bill Cosby sweater I’d be on the right track. Right?
First worn | Boiling my bits off for these photos.
Wear again? Yes I love it.
Total price | $4.99 thrifted
This coat has been hanging from my wardrobe door for months, when I spied it in the op-shop I certainly did have a refashion in mind because there was really no way I would wear it before it’s reincarnation. A while ago I purchased a book called Junky Stylin by Annika Sanders & Kerry Seager. The book is full of upcycling, refashioning ideas; I really do like the idea of reviving an old garment and giving it a new life. Not everything in the book is to my liking but there are some really fantastic ideas that I’m sure some of you would appreciate. I tried two separate items from this book for this challenge and chose to put this one up which I love, the other, could easily make a feature spot on Regretsey ‘where DIY meets WTF’ however I have happily uploaded two 1 & 2 photos onto my Flickr for you to have a laugh at. Keep in mind you are laughing at me and my interpretation of one of the projects in this book that just didn’t cut the mustard and not the wonderful creators of this great book.
I was going to place the illustration of the instructions from this book here so you can see how I refashioned this coat but felt it a little unfair to the books creators so it’s best that I write about the process: Firstly, I had turned the coat upside down, removed the sleeves at the seams including the lining, clipped off the corner edge of each shoulder seam, turned the sleeves upside down, and sewed them back on the wrong way.
So yes! the collar is now at my waist, the front bodice is then crossed over one another where a large button and matching buttonhole has been fixed to keep it sitting pretty. The back bottom half of the coat is now the collar, so to control some of that bulk I folded it down into three pleats and sewed into place. I then cut the belt in half and sewed this along the two draped edges at the front, this part was interesting, it took a bit of fiddling to get things to sit right and it turns out I can wear this coat, jacket, bolero even, three different ways which is rather versatile I think. I love how the jacket sits, I think it has that whole japanese designer Yoji Yamamoto or Comme des Garcons thing going on which I’m a huge fan of. I love to see a confused onlookers face, or if I see someone wearing something structurally different I just want to mow them down rip their clothes off and suss out how it was constructed. I’ll often take a very expensive structurally awesome item into a change room just to study how it was constructed. I’ve even taken photos, why not? We are the gifted ones that can sew right?
It is so damn hot hear at the moment so it will be sometime before I can wear this, however I’ll definitely be on the look out for other thrifted coats that I can name after a David Bowie song and turn upside down for the winter. Happy happy sewing.