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Mens cashmere coat at local thrift
Recycle as women's vest/scarf/gloves??
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Date: 11/4/13 6:07 PM

My local thrift store has a marked down men's black cashmere coat in a large size. It looks to be in very good
shape. Am thinking of purchasing to repurpose it.... any ideas or am I nuts ? Think the new Vogue Tilton vest may work. Suggestions ?

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Date: 11/4/13 7:44 PM

Cashmere is lovely stuff, all right. If the coat's fabric is still very nice and it is marked down sufficiently, it might be worth your while to go to all the work of deconstructing it and making something else.


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Date: 11/4/13 10:21 PM

Thanks for your reply. It's under $10. (US) so will take another look at it tomorrow. I could not see any signs of wear at all, and the lining also looked in excellent shape. Anything I should look for ??

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Date: 11/4/13 10:47 PM

I look at any of that stuff as if it is fabric. I recently bought a leather skirt...will never use it as a skirt but will make a purse out of it. I have taken many a man's too large polar fleece jacket and made vests out of them. Might be a good idea to go through your pattern stash and make sure the yardage in the coat is enough.

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Date: 11/4/13 11:04 PM

Yes, that's what I'm thinking. I've also used leather jackets as
" fabric" for purses and now using one for a simple boot .
I think it's in my DNA since my father built an addition to our home using wood boards from auto shipping pallets!

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Date: 11/4/13 11:21 PM

BRAVO!!!!
I just watched "sweater surgery"..a Craftsy class. WOW..since I am a knitter I have now a ton of new projects from sweaters that were not quite right...including wishing I had pockets etc. Making something useful out of a reject is so gratifying!!!! I have visions of that cashmere coat turning in to a Chanel type jacket?

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Date: 11/5/13 0:28 AM

Good idea, I actually have lots of long very nice 1940's style cashmere coats purchased from the Goodwill Stores over the years. Just because a really nice one, costs me too much to buy new anyplace now, and even to just buy the fabric would be kind of very expensive and cost prohibitive for me. And most times I have even spent less than $20 for each of them, there like that. And I would think probably 3 or more yards of fabric in each of them actually. Try to check careful for moth holes though, as sometimes there might be some of them in there.

My best cashmere coat I got there, actually says for fiber content on the label of it "Cashmere Mink" and the fiber content of it is "80% Mongolian Cashmere and 20% Mink". That one is particular nice in feel and drape of it. I'm not sure how they got the " 20% mink in there" , but I'm thinking it was probably somehow more chopped up mink fur, that in the manufacture process got mixed up with and incorporated in with, the goat fur hair instead somehow. Lovely fabric though, if you see any of that, grab that coat!

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Date: 11/5/13 1:30 PM

iF YOU DON'T want the cashmere coat, buy it and sell it, to one of us, of course! LOL!

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Date: 11/5/13 9:14 PM

Around here bedbugs are a big problem. Anything I get second hand needs to be dried for at least 20 minutes. Heat kills the little buggers. Not sure about care for cashmere, but a reputable dry cleaner can also help. Just tell him the full story.
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Date: 11/5/13 11:38 PM

Also take a look at the back side of the fabric just in case you like that better! Either side should work. I would hold it up to the light to check for tiny holes.
My husband has a 50 yr old bespoke sport coat that looks like new. That kind of fabric is wonderful.

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