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Make a Classic Long Coat from a Modern Suit

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The classic long coat was a staple of men's fashion around the turn of the century. Because of it's ubiquity, and versatility, it is now a major component to many great costume ideas.
  • Victorian Re-Enactments
  • Old West Gambler (Maverick)
  • Abe Lincoln
  • Circus Ring Master
  • Steam Punk
  • The Joker
  • Classic Vampires
  • Count Dracula
  • Sweeny Todd
  • Pride and Prejudice (and zombies)
  • Riff Raff from Rocky Horror
  • Robber Barron
This instructable will show you how easy it is to turn a modern suit or tuxedo into the classic silhouette of a bygone era.
 
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Step 1: What You'll Need

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You will need to start with a full suit, including jacket and pants. The pants don't need to fit, but the jacket does, unless you're handy with tailoring and alterations.

It is important that the pants match the jacket for color and material. There is a big difference in blacks across unmatched separates, so if you're shopping at thrift stores, I recommend bringing the jacket when you buy the pants, and vice versa. You may not be able to tell in low light, but in daylight, a mismatched pant and jacket are very obvious.

On to the cutting...

Step 2: Cut Them Off at the Legs!

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Lay out the pants flat and even, and with a sharp set of scissors, cut straight across each leg, making sure to keep both legs as close to the same as possible.

Cut up one of the seam on each leg to open them up. My tux pants had a fancy shiny stripe on the outside that I wanted to keep as an embellishment, so I chose the outside seam to open up.
perfect modded suit great idea and nice work!
Captain Greg6 months ago
Sweet! Clever using the pants. Your idea leaves all kinds of modification possibilities open.
tinker2342 years ago
wow thank you i love the look of a long coat i guess i will go to a thrift store for a suit
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