Second Life for a Suit [pictorial]

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  1. NOBD

    NOBD Senior 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 Goon member

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    [​IMG]

    That will be awesome for whnay..

    Well done. And generous.


    - B
     


  3. merkur

    merkur Senior member

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  4. NOBD

    NOBD Senior 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 Senior member

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




  6. NOBD

    NOBD Senior 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.
     


  7. Gong Tao

    Gong Tao Senior member

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    This is a great idea.

    Let's see a picture of the finished product.
     


  8. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    Way to go!!
     


  9. ManofKent

    ManofKent Senior member

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


  10. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass 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.
     


  11. whnay.

    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    How "green" of you!

    BTW - the sleeves look a little long for me.
     


  12. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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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.
     


  13. WhateverYouLike

    WhateverYouLike Senior member

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    Wow. Very cool. Keep this updated!
     


  14. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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


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