Refashioning 101: How to Update a Vintage Suit

November 18, 2017Sheri Pavlović

Inheriting clothing from the past is an absolutely fantastic way to refresh your wardrobe and add to your unique style but what about those retro workwear items that are a bit too dated for your taste? Fear not for this refashionista has a quick and easy method for transforming those shoulder padded garments into fab modern looks you’ll love to wear!

Discover how easy it is to recreate that handmedown outfit using only a few snips and stitches with my latest Refashioning 101: How to Update a Vintage Suit.

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Let’s tackle those shoulder pads first! Grab your seam ripper and carefully remove some of the interior stitches from the shoulder area of the jacket lining.

Once you have a large enough opening, pop the shoulder padding out.

Carefully remove all of the padding with your seam ripper. (This jacket had 4 layers, akk!)

Once all of the padding has been removed tuck the fabric back in and securely handstitch the opening closed.

If the suit skirt length could use some moderizing go ahead and try it on then mark it and chop it to your desired length + a few cetimetres for seam allowance.

Give the skirt a lovely clean hem and enjoy your fab new-to-you suit!

That 1970’s suit is now totally my style and looks amazing with brightly coloured tights!

Akk! The freezing fall wind blew my glasses off – but the suit is still awesome!

Don’t have a handmedown suit? Grab my top refashionista thrifting tips right over here and score one from the charity shop!

Not sure how to get started thrifting? Watch my gone thrifting video series for heaps of tips & tricks:

Check out my entire Refashioning 101 series right here.

FOR LOADS OF FUNKY UPCYCLING DIYS TAKE A PEEK AT MY TUTORIAL INDEX AND ALWAYS REMEMBER TO KEEP UP YOUR PASSION FOR REFASHION!

 

 

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