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Thift Store Thursday: The Bittersweet October Overcoat

Added Oct 4, 2010

by grosgrain

Harrisburg, Penn...






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I’ve found that thrift Stores are overrun with over sized wool coats. If you buy a brand new heavyweight wool coat they can run anywhere from $100-$300+. I bought this wool coat for $7.50 at the Community Aid store. See bottom pic for before photo.

All I did to change this coat was shorten the length, take in the sides and used the extra material I cut off the bottom to make a ruffle which I then sewed into the placket. I also changed the buttons which looked a little dated.

I was inspired by this modcloth jacket. There are so many ideas you could do with wool coats and ruffles.

Quote from Carol Bishop Hipps.




Garment Type
Coating, Wool

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  • Nmwed_large

    Jan 10, 2012, 01.54 AMby neenkster

    your garments are awesome! wow! so inspiring :) now i need to work on my skill set

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    Oct 9, 2010, 03.06 PMby lizah

    Lovely coat! It’s so sweet, I want it :) hope you dont mind me linking this in my blog!


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    Oct 7, 2010, 10.19 AMby newbie1402

    Just saw this and it is just fabulous. well done.

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    Oct 6, 2010, 11.32 AMby hand-quilter

    Wow! Beautiful coat :-)

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    Oct 6, 2010, 07.33 AMby pixelink

    S E N S A T I O N A L!!! I would’ve skipped right past that coat seeing it at a thrift store, next time I’ll pay more attention…. lovely coat once again <3

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    Oct 5, 2010, 03.50 PMby Sanne K. Astrid

    Oh, I think I might try that too. Cool idea! :)

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    Oct 5, 2010, 02.36 AMby runningwithscissors1

    Beautiful! I think I have to take a trip down to the local thrift store myself. Maybe steal a little inspiration…

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    Oct 5, 2010, 01.16 AMby Natalia *

    I am always so impressed by your creations -each one more creative than the former. You are a great talent.

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    Oct 4, 2010, 10.30 PMby Jodi Wade

    The ruffles were a great idea! Love it.

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    Oct 4, 2010, 10.09 PMby violetsky

    You’ve inspired me to pull out my late fathers beautiful cashmere coat and alter it to fit me.

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    Oct 4, 2010, 07.31 PMby cantare

    What a lovely color, and the ruffle makes it! And thanks for the Finer Ribbon from your blog, such a better alternative to ME making them!

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    Oct 4, 2010, 06.49 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    i am amazed by your talent to creat something so beautiful out of something (sorry :-) so ugly! the before picture would never ever inspire me, but what you have made out of it is just lovely!

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    Oct 4, 2010, 06.38 PMby mayadaughterofsun

    Amazing transformation! Adorable:)

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    Oct 4, 2010, 06.15 PMby hartdesigns

    I’m in love. What a cleaver way to recycle a coat!

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