Here are a couple examples of what I've been doing, restyling things that are great quality but that I didn't wear for one reason or another. First is a great Escada double layer coat/duster. This is wool/cashmere lightweight flannel and the topstitching and construction is TDF! All seams are flat felled - no raw or serged edges. It is only a size 36, which is size 4 US but is very loosely fitted - oversized. There are many photos of it on my Flickr photos but here is what it looks like on me, belted and showing the two layers. There's nothing wrong with it - I just didn't wear it often. The lapels are very much like Louise Cutting's Of the Moment jacket pattern that I also love.
I then took the coat apart - easy to do since it was only attached by the collar, at the tops of each lapel and at the sleeve hems. I had several ideas since there was so much fabric - perhaps a short jacket and a wrap skirt a la Shirin Guild for the plaid. I was inspired by a Brunello Cucinnelli jacket ($2,115) that I examined while snoop shopping at Neiman Marcus. I also added pockets across the front of an A Subtle Twist jacket in a lightweight wool a couple of years ago. So here's what I did -
For the solid gray layer, I just folded up the amount that I would like the pockets to be, saving all the stitching, pinned the coat to a 34" length. I will press and topstitch the pockets in place at the fronts, add the contrast facing at the lapel and stitch the back closed. For the plaid layer I'm still thinking - a wrap skirt like one of my Shapes or Shirin Guild skirts? I'd still have the top portion for a restyled short jacket. I'll post photos when I'm finished.
I also restyled this Anthropologie sweater jacket that I didn't wear because the wrap-over sash was too cumbersome and bulky. This was an easy change. I cut it off and used my blind-stitch to stitch in the ditch and catch stitch the edges plus some Steam-a-Seam. I removed and left off the buttons, just kept the tiny hook/eye it originally had if I want to wear it closed. I'm working on other projects as well that I haven't blogged about yet. Still styling and keepin it simple as I always do.