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Vermont Valentine

Added Feb 16, 2012

by threadsquare

Somerville, Mass...






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.

Material Notes

wool/nylon/angora (50/30/20) Kors jacket w/rayon lining, snap




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Other, Rayon, Wool

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    Apr 24, 2012, 06.43 AMby prettysewinggirl

    Super well done!!

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    Mar 8, 2012, 04.51 PMby threadsquare

    Eek, I’ve been away too long! Thanks for all of the lovely comments :) This project has such sentimental value.

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    Feb 20, 2012, 10.50 PMby nessys

    Looks fab and toasty warm Honey, much nicer shorter – great job! The thought of the original shoulder pads make me shudder! (Child of the 80’s……psychologically scarred…)

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    Feb 17, 2012, 02.15 PMby daughterfish

    This is totally, totally awesome. Awesome!

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    Feb 17, 2012, 06.35 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    the material is so nice and reminds me of something soft, warm and cosy! and the jacket now looks really great and well fit and stylish ! BRAVO!!

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    Feb 17, 2012, 05.23 AMby smallone

    oh great! love a good upcycle :)

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    Feb 16, 2012, 09.02 PMby joost52

    I love this fabric, you’ve warmly embraced it into a place where things are pretty :)

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    Feb 16, 2012, 08.09 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Love it! Fantastic re-cut, and much, much better than the original. well done!!

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