Saturday, 16 January 2010

Customising a coat – THE RESULT!

Well, I only blinkin' well went and did it! I updated my old red coat, all by my little self.

I hot-footed it down to our local haberdashery store this morning, Mill House Fabrics. I made my usual stylish entrance into the shop. Totally bedraggled from the rain, holding my son under one arm (I was parked illegally so had no time for messing). As suspected, quite a few elderly's were pottering around but once I'd shoved them out the way, (what? I was parked illegally, no time for being polite) I set about choosing my buttons.

This must have been the point when I started talking to myself. I thought I was just mumbling in my head, but the look on the assistants face told me, no, I was actually talking out loud. My son then chose this opportunity to fall over on his face, resulting in a minor nose bleed. And something told me that all this was fairly unusual behaviour in a shop like this.

Anyhow, the selection of buttons wasn't huge, so stifled my creativity somewhat, I had something much different in my mind, but came out with 6 pearlised glass buttons and some cream tassle trimming, setting me back around £7.

For most people, this is probably THE most simplest thing ever, however, I am not a sewer and haven't really ever tried anything like this before, so for any other virgins... here's how it went:

Customising the coat:
1. Wash coat thoroughly using loads of fabric conditioner, so it smells gorgeous! Good start.
2. Repair the inside seam, not visible to anyone else, but makes it feel old to me.
3. Remove boring
old black buttons and replace with twinkly new ones.
4. Iron on cream tassle trim to underside of both pockets (for simplicity, using iron on hemming/bond tape, which I have to say is amazing stuff!).
5. Ta da! Nearly new coat, that is actually 3 or 4 years old.

Time spent: Total around 45 mins, but actually I was being slow. A competent sewer could probably achieve this in 15 mins.

With some left over cream tassle trim, I then updated this boring cream short sleeve sweater which I never really looked twice at, again, using the iron-on bond tape, giving it a pretty new neckline. Time spent: 5 mins!

I'm quite pleased with my first attempt, and dare I say even a little bit hooked on this new hobby! Looking for my next project as we speak!

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Em x said...

That looks fantastic, well done x

Claire xx said...

They both look great, well done!
Claire xx

everybodysaysdont said...

Wow, they look fab! Very impressed (It would have taken me hours, I'm not very good at sewing buttons on) x

daisychain said...

one word...WOW!

Kari said...

Awesome job with the coat! I love the buttons you chose, and never would have thought of adding tassel. Thanks for sharing the result!

Lisa said...

They both look great! It's like you have brand new stuff!

TheStrawberryFields said...

Great work i think fringes are gonna be the next big trend <3
Also its great to show people they can update a look to what suits them now,sometimes people are on a tight budget,cool idea sweetie!

Victoria said...

Great work!!

I emailed you with a few links. I don't think any of them will be suitable but I thought it was worth a shot :)

NorthWestLondonGirlInTheCountry said...

Goodness, I am very impressed with your sewing skills. You can be forever updating your wardrobe now xx

grumpyoldwoman said...

I will show MM - I dont DO sewing, but he does :)

Style Artisan said...

What a brilliant idea! I am very impressed. I may have to give this a shot.

Biba said...

Love your 'new' coat! Not that the 'old' one wasn't gorgeous, of course, but do realize you get tired of a certain piece after a while. Great job!

Anonymous said...

So inspiring! The coat looks amazing - I love that such a small change makes that much of a difference. I'm not a patient person, but maybe even I can manage changing the buttons of something old and tired... ;)