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a stunning new jacket from Great Auntie's old blanket
I inherited an absolutely stunning1960's brocade blanket from my Great Aunt Uschi last year & was a wee bit scared to chop it up...but inspiration struck hard and my little refashionista brain kicked into high gear so the scissors (along with some lovely vintage trim) met the fabric and I created a fabulous new coat! Waddaya think?

Here's how to make one for yourself...

Posted by Confessions of a Refashionista from Toronto, Ontario, Canada • Published See Confessions of a Refashionista's 66 projects »
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  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 1
    Step 1

    Snag a gorgeous brocade blanket or sofa throw large enough to wrap around your body

  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 2
    Step 2

    Chop the blanket in half & set one piece aside for now

  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 3
    Step 3

    Bind the raw edge of the remaining half with the fancy vintage trim

  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 4
    Step 4

    Lay it on the floor, right side facing up & fold the bound edge down about 20cms (this will be the collar)

  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 5
    Step 5

    Snag a loose fitting jacket, centre it on the fabric

  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 6
    Step 6

    mark the position of the shoulder & underarm of one sleeve with pins

  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 7
    Step 7

    Chop out a strip of fabric using the pins as a guide (this will be your armhole)

  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 8
    Step 8

    Fold the fabric in half & use the sliced strip as a template for cutting out the other sleeve opening

  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 9
    Step 9

    Chop the previously set aside half of the fabric into 2 pieces with your desired sleeve length & width measurements

  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 10
    Step 10

    fold each in half right sides facing

  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 11
    Step 11

    stitch together

  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 12
    Step 12

    flip right side out...et voila! instant sleeves!

  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 13
    Step 13

    Pop the tubes into the armholes right sides facing

  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 14
    Step 14

    stitch them together

    *zig zag over all of the outside seams for extra strength if desired

  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 15
    Step 15

    Create a groovy belt out of the remaining scraps & enjoy your gorgeous new coat!

  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 16
    Step 16

    It can be worn with the collar open...

  • How to make a jacket / coat. The Brocade Blanket Coat - Step 17
    Step 17

    ...or tucked in & cozy!

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Hester A.
Hester A. · Sheffield, England, GB · 12 projects
this is so amazing!
Confessions of a Refashionista
Confessions of a Refashionista · Toronto, Ontario, CA · 89 projects
Cheers Hester! I absolutely love how it came out =O)
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