i made this

I bought this grey winter jacket (fake fur, of course daaarlings) in a charity shop recently for the princely sum of £4.

I know what you’re thinking – it’s not winter and it’s certainly not my size, and it’s not even that pretty, but I could see it’s potential. Although it is now April, it is still cold here in (not so sunny) Yorkshire. When it’s not raining, it’s too warm to be wearing a coat but on the flip side it’s too cold to go without one too, so I convinced myself I needed a gilet.

As with all the DIYs I’ve done so far, it was pretty simple. First of all, I removed the sleeves. When removing sleeves or shortening anything really, it’s important to remember that you can always chop off more, but once you’ve snip snipped, there’s not going back, so I always do it in stages. At first I tried the sleeves a bit longer, but it was pretty clear that they needed to be trimmed back further, so I got busy with the scissors. I then rolled the sleeves back and stitched them.

Next, I needed to find the right belt, so I lined up some options and got experimenting. The wider belts made me look like one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men, so I opted for a narrow plaited belt. All that was left to do then was strike a pose!

What do you think? You like? (admittedly, not a great photo, but Mr C was being used as a monkey bar at the time. Kids, who’d have em, eh!)

Anyhoo, gotta go – the Jaffa Cakes in the cupboard are calling me…..

Michelle x

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