Monday, February 06, 2017

#41 Back to School Wardrobe: Wool Blazer from Austrian Thrifts to Wool Vest

REFLECTIONS: Ten years ago, I flew home to Texas from Austria in the August heat. My wear on and carry on included 3 wool jackets and a wool coat from the thrifts in Salzburg, High quality wool is hard to find in Texas thrifts but easy to find in Austrian thrifts. 
I wore this long sleeve wool jacket often pre-retirement. This is #5 in a series of blazers / suit jackets / dresses re-fashioned into school days vests. These vests are worn with winter pants and jeans.

BEFORE: Much-worn long sleeve Austrian wool jacket from the closet.

  • Use a seam ripper to remove sleeves, and to open side seams.
  • Insert wool side panels cut from sleeves. Repeat for linings.
  • Create armhole facing cut from t-shirt. Turn to inside and top stitch.
  • Re-attach back band and buttons.
  • TIP: Press often to get smooth finishes on arm finishes. 

AFTER:  Green trimmed vest to add to the Jan/Feb ‘Back to School” wardrobe. 
After: Green top with Grey Vest
Original horn look buttons
Original Green back belt 

Side insert cut from sleeves

Original green collar

Side with green top
Color lightend: Side panel insterted

BEFORE: Sleeves removed from Austrian Wool jacket


Chickie Walsh said...

I love the vest, and the international thrift story is awesome. I love that you thrifted overseas. Gray job.

Chickie Walsh said...

Great job. hahaha

jennifer elliott said...

Lovely job. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer Elliott, EOD