Spring jacket refashion: From drab to fab

Hello craftland-ers!

The winter is finally over, so it’s about time for me to come out of hibernation mode.

I’m not sure if it’s the weather, but lately I’ve been feeling super inspired, which has led to me taking on more and more ambitious re-fashion projects, and — to my surprise — they are actually turning out pretty well!

I bought this jacket my first year here in France (7 years ago), and I’ve been wondering what I saw in it ever since. Honestly, I don’t really even remember wearing it at the time. It really has no redeeming qualities.

Luckily, one day inspiration struck and I decided it was about time this poor jacket got a second chance at life.

I decided it was about time to get rid of those granny buttons and pockets, and try sewing on my first ever zipper. Then I switched out the two buttons on the shoulder lapels and added one above the zipper (also the first button hole I’ve ever sewn).

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One of the things that refashioning my old clothes has made me realize is how poorly constructed store-bought clothes are sometimes.

You can’t really tell in the before picture, but what I realized when adding the zipper was the one of the sides of the jacket was significantly longer than the other. This made adding a zipper more of a hassle than it should have been, because I had to actually even out the sides before sewing it on in order to avoid ending up with a lop-sided jacket.

For those of you who (like me) are intimidating by button holes and zippers — fear no more! They are actually way easier than you imagine (provided that you have the right feet for your sewing machine). Trust me, if I can do it, so can you.

I’m not usually one to toot my own horn, I am pretty darn proud of myself for pulling this one off!

Sorry guys — no step by step tutorial for this one. To be honest, I really had little to no hope that it would actually turn out. Guess that serves me right for being so negative!

If you have any questions or want any tips about how to do a similar refashion, just drop me a message!

I’ve got a couple other finished projects waiting in the wings, so you should (hopefully) hear from me again soon!

Allison

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