Thursday, March 1, 2012

XL overcoat to Maternity coat

I thought about doing a video tutorial for this one, but realized anyone who might try this will be starting with a different product, so it would be easier for me to just type out a general idea of how I did mine to give people an idea of how to do theirs.
I live in the North East and we have COLD winters. So I needed a maternity coat I could wear once my tummy got too big for my regular coat. But I HATE the idea of buying an expensive maternity coat for just a few months. Instead I made one, I went to the thrift store and bought a coat that was too big, but that had potential It was $7. Here I am modeling it in my night gown. Classy right!

The coat is fake fur and suede, so there was no lining fabric to deal with. That was one of the things I liked the most about it. It also had these seem lines in the back.

So I turned the coat inside out and marked it with Chalk. I made 2 lines, one at the base of the arm pit and the other a few inches bellow that. (At the time I wasn't sure how far down I wanted to sew, but ended up choosing the top line.)
I pinched the fabric between each seem line in the back and pined them together.
Then I used my sewing machine and sewed from the neckline down to my chalk lines.using the previous seam lines as a guide for my sewing machine foot.

After that I took some ribbon and made a belt out of it. I used grosgrain ribbon because I thought the texture would help it to stay tied well. I folded it in half to find the center and sewed that into the center seam in the back of the jacket so I wouldn't loose the belt. Then I made some belt loops out of some of the extra ribbon and sewed those just a few inches under the armpits.
The jacket was a little tight with all the extra fabric in the back so I cut the extra fabric out. I made a seam allowance of about 1/2 or 3/4 an inch. and stopped cutting about an inch above the bottom of my seam.
I think it turned out cute and I'm not embarrassed to wear it anymore. In fact with the fur cuffs and collar it makes me feel a little bit like a Diva :) I wonder if it will still be cute on me when I'm not pregnant next winter.


  1. Wow! It looks great Bri! You're awesome!!

  2. Bri, you are a rock star. I can't seem to make it to the execute phase of my plan. You are amazing!