Super simple refashion: How to give an old coat a new lease of life… just add buttons

Shopping, crafting, eating alarming amounts of cheese and discovering the wonder that is port.

What can I say? Last weekend was pretty darn fabulous.

Speaking of darning, in between all of the above we managed to fit in a wee post-port crafty project.

My sister-in-law has a faithful black coat which, she readily admitted, had seen better days. It sported a ripped lining along with broken and missing buttons.

Cue serious posing face:

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BEFORE: Coat before new buttons

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CUFFIN’ HELL: Broken buttons

So on Saturday we hotfooted it to the crafty stall in Wigan Market, ummed and ahhed over the huge button range and then settled on these sparkly beauts.

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BUTTON IT! Sparkly newcomers

First the torn lining was mended and then the buttons were added to both the front of the coat and the cuffs.

A fairly straightforward change granted but made a little trickier when you’ve just consumed a three-course meal and had a glass of wine or two!

Such a quick and simple change can really update a coat, give it a new lease of life and only costs pennies to do.

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SEW LOVELY: My sis-in-law and her coat

I decided to get in on the photographic action (and in the process hid all of the lovely new buttons in the process – nice one Helen!)

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TWINNIES! Sporting shades, busy prints and matching smiles

Then I decided to be a right drama queen…

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OH DAAARLING! Dramatic photo alert

Wonder what the neighbours thought?

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FUN N FROLICS: Chuckling in the sunshine

Just a quick one about Me-Made-May’14 – I’ll be doing a round-up post at the end of the month to showcase what I’ve been wearing (and making!)

The lilac cardi that I had planned to be done by the end of May has perhaps been scuppered due to the fact I had to frog practically the entire front left section, got angry about it and stashed it away for a week to calm down.

Who said knitting was relaxing?!

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PURPLE RAGE: The offending cardigan

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