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Date: 10/30/12 1:57 PM

Last year I found a beautiful long black lambskin leather coat at my local thrift store for $6.00. Honestly, I have only worn it twice because it just does not fit into my wardrobe. I wore it to church and to work. I took it off when I got inside. I have been thinking about unpicking the seams and using the fabric to make a cropped jacket with long sleeves. I would wear a jacket at work for the whole time. I found a pattern in an old Burda magazine that I love. Unfortunately I don't have it with me here at work Do you think I would have enough fabric? I am just worried that after I unpick all the seams, I won't have enough and I will have ruined my long coat. However, since I don't wear it anyway, I could use the leather for something else like a skirt.
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Date: 10/30/12 2:05 PM

Why not just shorten it to where you want? You could also take in the sideseams a little; just look for a place in the lining that is handsewn. Unpick that seam, pull the jacket through the opening, and stitch up the sideseams. Then resew the opening shut.

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Date: 10/30/12 2:40 PM

In order to make a seam lay flat sometimes they are glued down. Once leather is perforated the holes won't close up so you would be limited in that the seam allowance edges may not be strong enough for a new seam. If the coat fits in the shoulder area, across the bust I would shorten it to get more wear. The skirt would also be a great idea. For $6 that's a great score.

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Date: 10/30/12 4:18 PM

It fits perfectly in the shoulders and chest. I had not thought about just shortening it. I think I will do that. Thanks.
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