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Hi everyone, if you’re watching this it’s because you want to know how I turned this oversized men’s coat to a woman’s coat Here’s how it looked before As you can see, there is so much material to cut out and re-shape along the body, arms and shoulders With this particular coat, I am conscious that the pockets sit about an inch from the side seam so I will have to work around that first thing’s first… Take the coat apart I’m seam ripping through the lining of the sides and through to the outer material Be very careful not to cut the fabric itself Once I have done the sides, I’m going to take the arms off This is because when I have taken in the sides, I will need to re-shape the arms to match I’m making a mark just for you to see roughly where I am going to take the sides in if you’re new to sewing, make sure you get someone to help you pin the coat while you have it on this will help you get the sides right. I’m eye-balling it because I am a bit advanced but don’t take the risk if you’re not confident in sewing yet after pinning the sides, I need to take the shoulders in by about an inch and a half I’m going to pin this in place before trying it on when you try on the coat, make sure that the shoulder seam sits on the top of your shoulder, as opposed to hanging off the edge and make sure the body is the correct fit you might want to leave room for a thick jumper if you’re happy, sew the sides of the body first. Leave about an inch gap open at the armpit Once you’ve sewn one side panel, do the other side panel. Do this before you start with the armhole When sewing the armhole, you need to make slits in the curve for the material to fold evenly. I’ll show you in a sec what I mean when you pin the armholes, make sure the ends meet at the same level right by the armpit once everything looks good, sew around the armhole So going over the second armhole, I am going to start at the shoulder I’m going to take it in as much as I need to- making sure it is even with the first armhole as you can see here, because I have taken so much in, its hard to fold a curve So I need to make a few slits to get that curve right don’t cut too deep, otherwise you might mess up. So start with a small slit and then if you need to cut deeper then you can work from there with these cuts in place you will find that it’s very easy to fold a curve Now sew the armhole in place Moving onto the sleeves. I need to seam rip the whole sleeve to the cuff This is because my coat was so big, I need to make the sleeves smaller accordingly as you can see, I have 2 panels making up the sleeve so I will need to take in evenly from both seams So if all together I need to take in about 1 inch, what I’m going to do is divide this evenly between the 2 seams and take in half an inch from each seam Now that I’ve sewn the sleeve together I need to cut the excess material otherwise the coat will feel bulky on the inside Now I’m going to sew the lining material together and sew the cuff closed Repeat these steps for the other sleeve To attach the sleeve, first find where the centre of the sleeve is This will be the highest point of the sleeve Fold the sleeve in half and put a pin to mark the centre point insert the sleeve through the arm hole and line up the centre of the sleeve with the centre point of the shoulder in most cases this will be known by the shoulder seam Now work your way around the arm hole pinning the sleeve to the arm hole right sides together Now this is the part where you sew that one inch opening from the side panel closed Now you face the tricky part which is sewing the lining together It’s hard because you have to work inside-out as much as you can before sewing the rest by hand using a blind stitch start by pinning the lining together at the arm hole. turning the lining in so you can pin it right sides together and sew Take your time with this and make sure that when you sew, there is no other piece of material caught underneath My battery died before I could show you how I sewed the side panel of the lining I sewed this part by hand because I couldn’t sew it inside out with my sewing machine I used a blind stitch to make sure you can’t see where the stitches are To add a more feminine touch, I decided to sew a faux fur collar using fur from another coat This is optional for this, I needed to find 9 small buttons to attach the fur and I’m adding some buttons to the sleeve for decoration line up the fur to the collar and pin where the button loops are this will indicate where you need to sew the buttons When sewing the buttons, sew them underneath the natural fold of the collar This will ensure the buttons are hidden Once all the buttons are sewn, I attach the fur and started working on the buttons for the sleeves Lastly I need to remind you that I would not recommend you try this on a brand new coat if you’re new to sewing. Try practising on a coat that is ready to be thrown away first until you’re confident and comfortable And there you have it… A men’s coat transformed into a nice woman’s coat If you like it, please don’t forget to like and subscribe and share this with any friends that you think may be able to do this

James Carver

11 Replies to “How to turn a men’s coat to a women’s coat”

  1. I CANNOT believe this video…it BLOOOODY BRILLIANT. THANK YOU, THANK YOU… oh…and…. THANK YOU.I can’t wait to find a mans jacket now. I’m so excited.xx

  2. My dad passed away in 2012. I have his Peacoat and all I want to do is changed the buttons to the side that woman's coats are buttoned on instead of the men's side

  3. I really loved this tutorial! You are a very good teacher. However i found the background music very distracting. Cannot concentrate. So less music. Otherwise keep up the excellent work 👍👍❤❤

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