Last week, I went to one of the garment company in Hong Kong, they are about to move their office, and so need to get rid of some of the unused samples.  I found this new trench coat being cut away a portion of the fabric at back and cannot be worn, so I decided to give it a second life.

And I found this beautiful lace cape from my box of unused garment.  As being a fashion insider, we may have chance running out of money but never run out of garment under table or bed!  Its never been worn and I feel that its going to be a perfect match with the cut away trench.

Its quite a soul healing process to detach the broken back panel.  Its not easy, took me more than 2 hours.  I treat this process as a cutting meditation – highly focused!

It looks nice to put the black lace on top of the camel colour trench.  I decided they should have a mingling section.  So the new back panel overlays on top at the side panels.

I tried to see effect with only the lace.  Looks good but its not practical as failed to have keep warm function.  Besides, its not easy to match with the clothes wearing underneath.  

The design essence is on the lace overlay at side panel.  Without this, the lace and the camel twill fabric doesn’t look like a happy family and the slanted lace edge carries the Bee O’Deer signature!

Okay, I think its done after adding lining underneath the lace, its from the original lace cape.

Looks nice!  But feel there is something wrong with the camel belt!  What’s the issue?  

Bonus track I – this is nothing to do with upcycling, but aesthetically, the camel belt seems to cut the length into 4 horizontal blocks, so make it like a wide block stripes.  This will make you looks shorter.  Due to this point, I do not allow myself to stop here and to cut the remaining front panel of the lace cape to make a partial lace cover to the camel belt.  It looks perfect now.  Put something black on your leg to extend the black will make you look even taller!

Bonus track II –  Again, its nothing to do with upcycling, but dealing with proportion of the garment.  Which one looks better, rolled or long sleeve?  

If you do not have a tall body build, highly recommend you to have your long sleeves rolled up, or simply amend your sleeves with shorter length.  I usually advise to wear 3/4 sleeve length. This helps!

Looks GREAT !!!

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