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Second Life for a Suit [pictorial]

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by NOBD, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. NOBD

    NOBD Well-Known Member

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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:

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

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    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?)

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    Chest piece:

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    Lapels:

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

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    Sleeve:

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    ***


    End of destruction phase, time for something new

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    Pattern pinned on fabric:

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    Cut:

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

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    ***

    To be continued.
     
  2. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]

    That will be awesome for whnay..

    Well done. And generous.


    - B
     
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  3. merkur

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  4. NOBD

    NOBD Well-Known Member

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    That will be awesome for whnay..

    Well done. And generous.


    - B


    I hope he likes pink stitching.
     
  5. larsrindsig

    larsrindsig Well-Known Member

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    What a fun project. Please show us the end result.
     
  6. adambparker

    adambparker Well-Known Member

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    I hope he likes pink stitching.
    Depends on whether the pink-stitching is done by hand or by machine.
     
  7. NOBD

    NOBD Well-Known Member

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    What a fun project. Please show us the end result.

    Thank you. I hope more people will enjoy it.

    Depends on whether the pink-stitching is done by hand or by machine.

    Er... machine, I'm afraid.
     
  8. Gong Tao

    Gong Tao Well-Known Member

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    This is a great idea.

    Let's see a picture of the finished product.
     
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  10. ManofKent

    ManofKent Well-Known Member

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    Nice recycling - I'll look forward to seeing the results.
     
  11. Douglas

    Douglas Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  12. whnay.

    whnay. Well-Known Member

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    How "green" of you!

    BTW - the sleeves look a little long for me.
     
  13. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    How "green" of you!

    BTW - the sleeves look a little long for me.


    But you know you're digging the drape.
     
  14. WhateverYouLike

    WhateverYouLike Well-Known Member

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    Wow. Very cool. Keep this updated!
     
  15. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Well-Known Member

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    Very cool. Careful not to extend the shoulders too much and create divots.
     
  16. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Well-Known Member

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    Very cool. Careful not to extend the shoulders too much and create divots.

    Torqued sleeves would be a no-no as well. [​IMG]

    Seriously though, this is a pretty cool project. It's kind of sad that children will eventually grow out of their clothes, but hand me downs are always an option (assuming you have more in the pipeline).

    I'm looking forward to seeing the end result!
     
  17. gdl203

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    Very cool. Do you take orders? [​IMG]
     
  18. NOBD

    NOBD Well-Known Member

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    Front:

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    Same, but in a later stadium:

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    Stitching in pink:

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    Front and back attached:

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    Sleeves attached - front

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    - back

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    Pattern pinned on lining

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    Pinned for pleats to get the lining to go from the wide bottom to the small back part (forgive me for not using the right terms - don't hesitate to correct):

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    Pinned and all through the machine:

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    Result:

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    Inside:

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    Total:

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    And stitched through:

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  19. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Well-Known Member

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  20. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Well-Known Member

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    That is amazing. You have a very lucky little girl!
     

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