jacket revamp

 i am so bummed i forgot to take a before picture of this coat, but picture it with no ruffle and about 8 inches longer – kind of a knee length trench coat.

i cut 2 strips off the bottom of the coat, one strip about 5″ wide and the other about 5 3/4″ wide.  the widths were different because the first strip already had a finished hem and the second strip had raw edges and needed to be hemmed to match the first strip.

i sewed both stripes together, end to end, did a couple basting stitches to make a ruffle, then stitched it to the coat.  i finished it off with a top stitch to hold the ruffles down a bit.

 i kind of love it, although i do look a bit like a ballerina in it now!



  1. 1

    I love the ruffle. Will we be seeing this in next weeks’ WIWW? :)

  2. 2

    You made the jacket look so feminine with the ruffle in a girly-rockin’ sort of way!

  3. 3

    Great job! It’s really pretty!

  4. 4

    Love it! What a fun way to change up a coat!

  5. 5

    Hi hun,

    this looks so great!!!! cant wait to try this myself!! got a sowing machine for christmas, and i cant wait till it actually arrives for me to pick it up!!!
    love your blog by the way, just stumbled over it, and what a graet find!!!! :)

    love K

  6. 6

    That is so GREAT! I am loving your WIWW posts too. I am a mom to 3 kiddos who are all in school full time. I decided to start working part time and have needed to revamp my wardrobe from the yoga pants and t’s that we all love to hang around the house in. Now I just need to buy some of your cute posies, etc. to complete my looks!

  7. 7

    ballerina or not – i think it is beyond DARLING!

  8. 8

    So cute! You should post some pictures of what it looks like on!

  9. 9

    I love it!

  10. 10

    So pretty!

  11. 11

    EVERY girl should have a piece of clothing that makes them feel like a ballerina… ;0)

  12. 12

    brilliant idea. I have a longer trench that is bright green from 2004. It is very out of style, but you just gave me a great idea!!!! Thank you!

  13. 13

    Nice job, Lindsey!

    Not a thing wrong with looking like a ballerina, in my humble opinion.

    I’m trying to think if I have anything I can cut part off of so I can then add a ruffle. ; )

  14. 14

    How cute! I have been taking a hard look at my closet lately…Realizing that spending a little money at the tailor to update some old favorites would be much more beneficial than spending a lot on new clothes.

  15. 15

    This turned out super cute. Love the ruffle! I need to be braver about refashioning my clothes.

  16. 16

    Very, very cute!!

  17. 17

    SUPER cute, lindsey :)

  18. 18

    LOVE that! I thought that might have been the before picture, but was secretly hoping it was the after ’cause I liked it better! Hope you’re having a wonderful time in India!!

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    kristin M says:

    adorable. being thin in the hips I think you can get away with a “ballerina-style” coat. Big-bottomed ladies, not so much. Not that i know personally, of course. I’m just sayin’.

  20. 20

    Awesome revamp … it’s so cute!

  21. 21

    Just love the jacket……….am wondering……….do you think a shorty like me, at 73, could wear a cute jacket like this? Seriously its adorable and I am thinking that my Spring long coat could use a little updating! AND I really like this!!!!!!

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