Monday, March 16, 2009

Mom's Jacket Refashion

This poor jacket, it just can't catch a break.

When I was in middle school (way back in the 90's) it served me well. Once my arms got too long for the sleeves mom inherited the coat. This may sound backwards to you but sadly there are things that I outgrow that still fit mom. I don't think we've been able to share shoes since like 6th grade. But enough about my ginormous feet.

Mom used the coat for quite a few years before managing to get paint stains on the sleeve AND break the zipper (I blame Land's End, stupid coat only lasted a decade or so!). So she came up with a plan to salvage it.

Like me she has an aversion to replacing zippers so she opted instead to make her own toggles and loops to keep the coat closed. She made everything out of fabric scraps from the stash (including the toggles). She also used coordinating pieces to cover the paint stains on the sleeve.

I told her it's totally 80's and made her promise to only wear it around the yard. Her defense was that she missed out on 80's fashion so she needed to catch up.


  1. I. am .impressed. It looks good. Should be able to go at least another 10 years. By the way, what's wrong with the 80's?!?


  2. She did a great job, but you're right about the 80's. By the way, what's with the plastic bottles?

  3. Kelly - I'm a child of the 80's so I guess I'm just prejudiced :)

    Darling Petunia - I realized after I posted I had meant to explain those! We cut off the bottoms and saved the caps so we can use them as mini hot houses to stick over our baby plants in the garden.

  4. Dang, Becca, I don't garden, so I can't use that idea. :)