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Second Life for a Suit [pictorial]

post #1 of 348
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Second Life for a Suit

I am not sure if this thread belongs on this forum, but I guess that those who are interested in clothes and tailoring will appreciate this DIY project: turning a suit into a coat for a (my) little girl. Some of you might have seen this already on Sator's The Cutter and Tailor forum.
My girlfriend (not a professional tailor) is the maker of this coat for our daughter. I took the pictures, wrote the text (including errors"”feel free to correct those), was responsible for the dissection (destruction) of the suit, and helped pick lining, buttons and other details.

I hope you will enjoy it.


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The victim:




I was curious what the inside would look like. Well, fusing:




Forgive me for the slaughtering of the suit. I really tried to do a clean job, but my lack of patience and especially skills resulted in this:
(Side question: how does one remove a lining in a clean and fast way?)




Chest piece:






Lapels:




After the dissection. In the front, the fabric to be reused for the coat, in the back, the 'remains':




Sleeve:




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End of destruction phase, time for something new







Pattern pinned on fabric:




Cut:




Fabric and lining (cotton shirting generously donated by my shirt maker, and bemberg for the sleeves):






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To be continued.
post #2 of 348
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Originally Posted by NOBD View Post

That will be awesome for whnay..

Well done. And generous.


- B
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post #4 of 348
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Originally Posted by voxsartoria View Post
That will be awesome for whnay..

Well done. And generous.


- B

I hope he likes pink stitching.
post #5 of 348
What a fun project. Please show us the end result.
post #6 of 348
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I hope he likes pink stitching.
Depends on whether the pink-stitching is done by hand or by machine.
post #7 of 348
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Originally Posted by larsrindsig View Post
What a fun project. Please show us the end result.

Thank you. I hope more people will enjoy it.

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Originally Posted by adambparker View Post
Depends on whether the pink-stitching is done by hand or by machine.

Er... machine, I'm afraid.
post #8 of 348
This is a great idea.

Let's see a picture of the finished product.
post #9 of 348
Way to go!!
post #10 of 348
Nice recycling - I'll look forward to seeing the results.
post #11 of 348
Very, very cool idea. As the owner of more than a few old suits SF has made me ashamed to wear further, and the proud new driver of a little baby girl, I am especially interested to see how this turns out.
post #12 of 348
How "green" of you!

BTW - the sleeves look a little long for me.
post #13 of 348
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Originally Posted by whnay. View Post
How "green" of you!

BTW - the sleeves look a little long for me.

But you know you're digging the drape.
post #14 of 348
Wow. Very cool. Keep this updated!
post #15 of 348
Very cool. Careful not to extend the shoulders too much and create divots.
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