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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Refashion a Gigantic Suit into a Sleeveless Coat

In Northern California, we often see drastic swings in the temperature from one day to the next, so I'm always looking for stylish layering pieces.  When the sleeveless coat trend hit the runway this year, I knew I was going to make my own version of this trend.  I found this suit at the thrift store for around 7 dollars.  It was size 2X and enormous.  The suit came with a skirt that could fit 2 of me.

First, I chopped off the sleeves.

Then I took in the sides.

I reshaped the armhole and finished it with bias binding.

You can read all about how to refashion a suit into a sleeveless coat on my blog


jennifer elliott said...

Like Tim Gunn would say: You made that work! Love it!

vintagevogue said...

Turned out great! I too saw these in stores like White House Black Market and thought how I could save a lot of money by making one myself. But of course I haven't gotten around to it. Enjoy yours.

jennifer elliott said...

P.S. The sleeveless jacket looks fabulous on you!

Jennifer, EOD