I had to post this because it’s my first attempt at using a sewing machine, and it didn’t turn into the complete fiasco I imagined it would be (thread and buttons flying everywhere). That said, if I can do it, anyone can!
The subject of this project is a Banana Republic red short trench coat from Spring 08 that had these ugly red metal buttons and cheapish red plastic belt buckle. I’ve worn it a bunch of times, but always meant to do something about those ugly buttons. In hind sight, I should have taken a before photo, so I found a photo from an eBay auction instead:
Photo: designesonadime eBay auction
The offending hardware:
I picked out the stitches on the old buttons with a seam ripper, surprisingly without bloodshed (seam rippers are sharp!). Then lined the new buttons up where the stitches were for the old buttons and sewed them on with my sewing machine. I replaced the plastic belt buckle with the leather one and sewed it on. And…voila! A newish coat!
Not bad for a first timer, hmm?