Jcrew Coat Refashion // Sewing for the Boy

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.

refashioning adult clothing for kids

refashioning adult clothing for kids

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!




  1. Posted December 11, 2012 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    His coat is awesome! And I bet there’s tons of memories connected to it! Maybe he can grow into the length? He’ll definitely stay warm in it!
    Thanks for the shoutout :)

  2. brooke
    Posted December 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    nice. i will have to do this. my husband collects old man coats, thinking he is already one and i will let him out in them. no, no.
    and i have to say after the first butt slide in icy mud your little man will be happy his bum is covered in a mama-made coat (we live in ontario now so…..happens often)…..lovely!

    • Posted December 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

      Brooke, I love the thought of an old-man-coat collection!! And yeah, I’m sure there’s some quality wool to be had there!!

  3. Heidi
    Posted December 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I live in Ontario too, actually in way northern Ontario, and I totally agree with Brooke’s comment above! And his bum will be nice and warm whenever he wants to sit on the ground. And the sleeves look long enough that he’ll be able to wear it a year from now too, and then the length will be perfect.

    • Posted December 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I think it will work a little better next season, which is why I don’t think I’m gonna mess with it this year! Gosh I hope you’re staying warm all the way up there in N Ontario!!:)

  4. Heidi
    Posted December 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    (BTW, you used your son’s real name… I just remember a post from a while back saying you weren’t going to use your kids’ names anymore…)

    • Posted December 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

      Hah! You caught me! Lol, thanks for pointing that out, this is obviously going to take some getting used to!;)

  5. Marseille
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    if the sleeves are too short next year (or 2 years from now!), maybe you could add a wool cuff?

    • Marseille
      Posted December 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Permalink


  6. Susanne
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    Hey Miriam, great coat. Although I have to agree – it is a bit long… But other than that its great – especially the hood.

    But I am wondering – you live in Utah, right? Isn’t it going to be real Winter with snow and cold there already? I would have thought a coat like that wouldn’t qualify as a winter coat in Utah. My little girl is currently never leaving the house w/o snowpants and waterproof coat and mittens (and don’t forget the cute little Canadian Boots). We had -14°C yesterday in the morning when I brought her to daycare. Unfortunately today it is a lot warmer (0°C) and the snow is already melting. I do hope for a white Christmas though nonethless…

    So, off I need to go into my basement studio to my two beloved sewing machines (a Serger and a Janome DC4030) to sew up some cute little baby attire for my best friends new baby boy that I get to visit later today… (Oh and tomorrow I get to visit the newborn babygirl of another good friend of mine – that is the fun about being in the thirties – finally everybody starts making babys)

    Have a nice weekend!

    • Posted December 14, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      Actually we’ve had a really mild winter here, but this coat was the warmest coat I’ve ever had! It kept me totally toasty in even -25 F weather in Rexburg! It was way warmer than any of my snow coats, and so thick that it kept me dry even in heavy snow. He does have a snow coat that he wears to play in the snow, so he’s covered either way!
      That sounds so fun to see visit sweet new little babies, and even funner to sew for them, I relish afternoons like that!

  7. Posted December 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    that turned out great! glad to see the ol’ coat live on.

  8. Posted February 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I just finished refashioning my second sweater for my wee one and yah… how easy was that?! To not have to hem is ah-mazing. That coat looks great on him!!!

  9. Posted February 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Love how this turned out. You amaze me. THanks for linking up. Your kiddos’ style is my favorite.


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