Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Quick Fix

Here in the Tidewater area, winters are typically fairly mild.  We'll have chilly weather but also days that are warm enough to go outside with out a jacket.  By the way, my definition of chilly is high temperatures in the low 50's. Anything below that is frigid!  Go ahead and laugh, all of you that live in colder climes.:)

This winter has been especially mild.  The older kids have not worn a winter coat.  They're hardier stock than me and will wait 10 minutes at the bus stop in a hoodie.  Not the case this morning!

Today's high is supposed to be 32F.  Brrrr! 
 
K's winter coat is the "Donny" Duffle that I made last year.  I think she's grown about 4 inches since last winter, 5'6" tall these days, so the sleeves were way too short.  But I fixed that with some black ribbing...
 
 
Coat sleeve Mod
 
 
I didn't take pictures of the process but all I did was cut 2 cuffs out, sew them together, finish the raw edge, and hand stitch them to the inside of the sleeves.  I made them plenty long so she can pull them over her hands if she wants. 
 
 
coat sleeves1
 
A Quick and Easy fix to get another winter's wear out of the coat!
 
 

19 comments:

  1. It's a lovely colour and you couldn't have got a better match to her eyes if you tried!

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  2. That's brilliant! My kids wear a lot of functional/weatherproof coats, but they each have a wool/duffle coat, too, that this would work very well with (and it might be needed by next winter)!

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    1. It's an easy enough extension. A lot of RTW coats have that same detail...and it makes sense as it keeps the cold air and/or snow out too. Thanks!

      C

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  3. great idea to extent the use of a garment ~ keep warm :)

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    1. I feel a little bad for whining...32 is nothing compared to the temps you've been having!

      C

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  4. What a wonderful way to extend the coat's life! I bought a (very expensive) coat at Kohl's (for only $25 after all the discounts) that has a sort of ribbed undersleeve. It's fantastically warm! It was 17 degrees when I went to JoAnn last night. Brr! And my! she's growing into such a beautiful young lady!!

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    1. Aw, Thanks Stephanie.:) She told me this morning that the guidance counselor was coming around today so that she can pick her high school classes for next year. Hard to believe that next year she'll be in high school...I still think of her as my little girl.

      C

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  5. Amazing - I'm seriously thinking of doing this to all of my jackets and coats (my arms are ridiculously long and my poor wrists get so cold during these Canadian Winters)!

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  6. This is such a fantastic idea and she is a seriously beautiful young lady.
    xx N

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! Even though I have coating for another coat, I couldn't bear to sew another one up this "late" in winter.

      C

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  7. We had to laugh at your temperature comments. It is -6 here in MN. 50 degrees and my kids would be pulling out the flip flops and swimsuits.

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    1. From spending time in WI with my husband's family, I know that's true. Their definition of cold and mine are completely different. -6 would have me housebound, curled up next to a roaring fire!;)

      Cindy

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  8. You would get quite a shock if you came up here! It's a rare day when we get above freezing! This week's been about - 20 celcius :)
    What a great fix on that coat. It looks great that way and waaaay easier and cheaper than making another!

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  9. 32ºF = 0ºC We get a few days in Winter where the lows are 0ºC. I would freeze in your mild Winter... LOL!!! A very clever way to extend the life of a jacket!!!

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  10. I think 32 warrants a brrr! Great fix on the coat, love the color. 5'6" already! My kiddos appear to have my husband's family height- I don't think I'll have many years before I'm the shortest one in the house!

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    1. Her daddy is 6'5" and I'm 5'9 1/2" so she comes by it honestly! A couple of weeks ago, I had on flats and she had on boots with a heel and was the same height as me. !!! I don't think it will be long before she's taller.;)

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    1. Thanks, Marlene! She's been getting a lot of use out of it this week.;)

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