“The Next Black” and Give an Old Coat a New Look: An Easy Wool Coat Refashion

I love a good documentary.

And when it explores the future of fashion and gives me some new vocabulary words to throw around in certain circles, EVEN BETTER!

The Next Black is a compelling film that explores the way innovative designers and companies are creating the next big steps in clothing history.

We’ve all heard the words sustainability, slow fashion and recycling which are highlighted in this film, too, but what really rolled my socks up and down were the new phrases such as “Digital Couture Experiences”, “Wearable Tech” and “Bio Couture”.

So fascinating!!!

When I watch a film like this, I’m totally inspired, recharged and ready to forge forward doing what I do. Creating new clothing from old isn’t as new and innovative as some of the techniques in The Next Black,  but it’s still an important part of changing the way the world views clothing and fashion. It’s an honor and so much fun to be a part of this movement.

And even though this next refashion project wasn’t created on a 3-d printer, doesn’t measure your heart rate and wasn’t created in a petri dish, I still think it’s pretty cool. 🙂


We all have one — an old faithful winter coat that has kept us warm for years, but has gotten slightly blah. Instead of getting rid of it, give it a modern, edgy twist by adding leather.


To get the step by step directions and to help change the way the world views fashion and clothing, click here.

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Happy Sewing!


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Happy Holidays!


About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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19 Responses to “The Next Black” and Give an Old Coat a New Look: An Easy Wool Coat Refashion

  1. vintage51 says:

    Reblogged this on vintagethrifter51.com and commented:
    This coat looks amazing. You did a wonderful job, a great inspiration for future projects for me. Cheers, Michele

  2. vintage51 says:

    This turned out so well. Amazing coat. Cheers, Michele

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow-super creative! A great way to repurpose an old coat. Would be cute with some trim on the seam line.

  4. yumgoggle1 says:

    Wow! (This is Kelli from Kelli’s Kitchen but it won’t let me change icons so it looks like Yum Goggle!) I love the look of this coat – can I send you two of mine and you make me a cool one like this??? haha! one day I’m going to learn to use my sewing machine! Great job!

  5. C Clark says:

    It’s so CUTE, the way “the industry” still thinks it’s running the show!!

  6. like the shorter jacket look …great job!

  7. Pam Black says:

    I can sew to some extent. I do enjoy! it would to be space. Thank you.

  8. Kim says:

    Hello, I like the final piece. It looks amazing!

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