Saturday, May 7, 2011

before and after

I bought this trench coat about 3 years ago with a gift card a student had given me for Christmas.  I think I wore it once.  It was too big, too white, and it was one of those items that looked way better in the dressing room than it did at home.  (Plus, I lost the sash that went with it.  A trench coat is no good without a sash.)

So, since it's springtime (and therefore I can wear as much white as I want) I decided to fix up the jacket a little bit.  (As it turns out, I frequently break the "no white before labor day" rule.  I've never been a fan of that rule anyway.)  I took it in on the sides and in the back so it fits my waist better

Then I added a blue sash which I stole from a dress that I own.  That's the great thing about sashes.  They can be shared. How nice of them, right?

Then I added navy blue bias tape around the edges of the sleeve ties.  I am debating whether or not I want to add some to the pockets as well, but I don't want to overdo things, so I'm sticking with this for now.  

Final Product:  (I"m pretty sure I'll wear this one more than once.  And I'm not sure why the picture turned out yellow.  But since I am my own photographer and get tired of setting the timer over and over again, this'll have to do.  My bad. And yes, I take my pictures in the bathroom.  It's the only room in my apartment that has lights.)


  1. I love the details, the collar the buttons. great job!

  2. LOVE the makeover! It turned out sooooo cute! I think you're right to leave it as is, I think the pockets might be overkill. Perfection! Thanks for linking it up-

  3. I love how you added the blue bias tape. It really gives the jacket an added something. Stopping by from Tea Rose Home and your newest follower.

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  4. The bias tape! That's so so brilliant. I love the way it turned out!

    Freckles in April

  5. Love the detail with the tape. I'm gonna have to follow you now for all these great ideas!

  6. This is darling! I love trench coats, but I don't own one. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Fantastic details - the small touches made such a stylish difference! Thanks for sharing - Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    ~Stephanie Lynn

  8. LOVE THIS!! Thanks for linking @'Sew Cute Tuesday'. I'll be featuring you tomorrow, so be sure to stop by and grab a 'featured' button!

  9. Looks great now! Love the bias tape.


  10. I love the new look!
    Thanks for linking this up as well!!
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  11. Love your "new" Trench coat!!

  12. what a difference! I love it, this is something I would love to wear.