Added Feb 16, 2012
I found a Kors suit at Goodwill last summer and just knew it had to come home with me. Despite the really dated style lines, I was in love with the red & black plaid. It immediately brought me back to my childhood, spending time with my Daddy in the Vermont wilderness. If you know anything about the Green Mountain State, you know buffalo plaid and rugged work wear abounds. It’s a way of life. Daddy always sported a plaid jacket and wool crusher hat while feeding deer (practically from his hand!), keeping the spring thawed, knocking down icicles before they got dangerous, bringing in wood for the fire, sledding, you name it. He also never missed a chance to make me his special Valentine. :*
Letting out the seams on the skirt (not pictured) will be a quick fix. The jacket took a little more thought. I took in the side seams above the pockets. Then unpicked the shoulder seam to find what made the shoulder pads so massive: layers of cotton batting stitched together. These weren’t your typical shoulder pads encased in a lining fabric – they were so lofty. Checking out the innards of high-end RTW was fascinating. Anyway, 3/4″ was trimmed off the pad & armscye and I hand stitched the sleeve back on. Shortened the sleeves, shortened the jacket length. Originally I had it curving down in the back, but the mullet hem wasn’t doing it for me.
wool/nylon/angora (50/30/20) Kors jacket w/rayon lining, snap