Little man Tribe was in a bad way for coats several weeks ago, and I decided to refashion this old Jcrew coat that I had from my college days of yore. With it’s wool lining, this bad boy is WARM, and it kept me snug in even the butt-cold days of my first two years at BYU-Idaho (butt-cold=the only term that suffices to describe a Rexburg Idaho winter).
I basically used the exact same method that Miranda recently posted about in her hoodie refashion (using a jacket pattern from the Ottobre Autumn 2012 issue, except that I did the lining and shell separately, and then hand stitched the lining under at the neck to hood seam, cuffs and hem. It was an unbelievably fast project (maybe an hour?), so really the hardest part was actually cutting into that once really expensive coat. I like the way it turned out okay, although I wish upon a star that I would have made it a little shorter. Upon the advice of my husband (wait, why was I asking him advice??), I made it go well past his bum, and it’s kind of an awkward length. To shorten it I would have to take the zipper out and do some pocket alteration, so I’ll likely just live with it. No biggy really, but it’ll bug me a little every time he wears it. My favorite little happy detail about this coat is that Tito loves the separating hood, and always asks me to unzip it so he can pretend it’s his super-man cape.
Refashion adult clothes for kids is the bomb, I’m totally excited to do more of it. It’s so fast not have to hem anything, and you get to work with a lot of prints and fabrics that are otherwise hard to find. Some of my favorite adult to kid refashions come from Heather, she such a whiz! Check out these t-shirt/dress shirt refashions, they’re fantastic!