Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

Tailoring isn't actually that hard.

Tailoring, or basic coat-making, is not as hard as I thought it would be.  I doubt I could make a complicated man's tailored jacket or anything, but making this coat, shoulder pads and interfacing and all, was not too bad step-by-step.

I used McCall's 5525.

I had some really nice quality pink wool that my mom got at the thrift store.  That really helped.  It was quite a project, more pieces than I'd like to work with, but I think it would be fun to do this again with a cotton canvas in a cute color for spring.


  1. ok, wow, that is phenomenal. I've never attempted something like this. Now I'm inspired. Maybe for winter 2010 though :)

  2. oh my you made this?! you make it sound so easy!! t looks amazing. Damn I wish i could sew, I really do! xx

  3. Anonymous12/07/2009

    Hello fellow Portlander!!! Love your blog and this coat is sooooo pretty ~ nice job!

  4. I cant believe you made that coat! Its so cute! I totally want one! I'm breaking out my sewing machine this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration!




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