Hello Readers. It might be cold outside but Spring is going to arrive eventually. I'm pretty sure anyway. Cold weather means you need a coat right? What if you have a coat that can't do it's job?
I found this coat at a clothes swap but it wasn't very warm. I loved the look of the material but it wasn't really able to keep me warm. Probably because it was machine washable cotton, not wool.
The sleeves were too long too. Of course.
I decided to make this into a skirt. First, I cut the top of the coat off.
I folded the fabric in and stitched it down. I made sure the lining of the coat was tucked in too so all the raw cut edges would hidden.
Look at those cute dots!
I stitched the front of the coat/skirt closed but left the waistband open. I used one of the sew-on snaps that were on the coat originally at the waist.
I tapered the waist a little and left the front pockets alone. They are real and it's always nice to have actual pockets that I can use.
Here you can see the lining. It's like a built in slip, which is nice in the winter when I wear tights a lot.
I liked how it turned out.
I tried to make a red shirt to go with it and it was a terrible failure with giant shoulders.
Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.
*Year end update-This skirt is an all time favorite!