Make an Edgy and Chic Denim and Plaid Jacket

8 Materials
$15
4 Hours
Easy

I recently saw a picture of Hailey Bieber wearing an amazing jacket and felt totally inspired! In this tutorial, I refashion an old denim jacket that needed a new purpose in life! I completely transformed my denim jacket into a chic and edgy plaid and denim jacket.



Denim and plaid jacket

Tools and materials:

  • Denim jacket
  • 2 plaid shirts
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
Denim jacket with plaid

Cut the denim jacket 

Start by marking where you want the denim part of your new jacket to end and the plaid to begin. I marked just above the pockets. 

Cut across


Grab scissors and cut across the line you marked. 

Mark the sleeves

Then go ahead and mark and cut the sleeves. 

Cut the sides


If your denim jacket had a more curved, defined waist, you may want to cut open the side seams, stopping about half an inch from the armpit seam. 

Plaid and denim jacket

Add extra fabric 

Use some leftover denim and cut two triangles to help expand the sides of the jacket. 

Hem the triangles


Hem the two sides of the triangle pieces with a thin, single fold. 

Pin on the triangle


Then pin the triangle into the open side seam and sew it in place. 

Trim the bottom of the triangle


Go ahead and trim the excess fabric from the bottom before repeating on the other side. 

Cut the plaid sleeves

Add new, plaid sleeves 

Starting with the plaid, you can go ahead and buy plaid fabric but it is much easier to use old or thrifted plaid shirts in this upcycle. Start by using the denim sleeve as a template and cut your new sleeve from the first plaid shirt. Cut using about a ¼ inch of seam allowance along the top. 

Mark the width


Make sure to also mark the width of the denim sleeve on the plaid sleeve. Use pins to hold the fabric in place and then sew. 

Trim the excess plaid


Repeat the same steps for the second plaid sleeve. Then go ahead and trim off the excess fabric. 

How to make a plaid denim jacket

Finish the raw edges with a zig-zag stitch and a straight stitch through the zig-zag stitch. 

Sew on the new sleeves


Next, place the plaid sleeve, inside out, inside the denim sleeve, and line up the raw edges. Then pin the raw edges together and sew. Then go ahead and repeat this step for the other sleeve. 

Easy plaid denim jacket

Add the plaid bottoms 

For the next step, you will need to cut the bottom half of the plaid shirts. 

Cut down the center back


Line up the side seams of the plaid piece and then cut down the center at the back. 

Match to the bottom of the denim


Fold the denim jacket in half, and pin the two plaid pieces together so that the top edge matches the length of the raw edge of the denim jacket. 

Cut to get the right length


Sew the two plaid bottoms together and then cut the excess fabric to get the correct length. Finish the raw edge with a zig-zag stitch and a straight stitch through it. 

Sew to hem


Then sew over the raw edge towards the right side of the plaid and sew to hem.

Pin on the plaid bottom


Next, pin the raw edge of the denim jacket to the hemmed edge of the plaid. 

Cut straight


This is the perfect opportunity to try on your new jacket! When I tried mine on, before sewing, I decided I wanted a raw, straight edge so I cut the plaid. You can leave the bottom of the plaid intact if you prefer. 

Sew the plaid to the denim waistline


Go ahead and sew the plaid to the denim jacket. 

Close the buttonholes

Close the buttonholes and remove buttons 

If you used plaid shirts, you may encounter the same problem I did. I didn’t concentrate on which piece had buttons and which had holes and I saw that the piece with buttons was on the wrong side. If you see this on your jacket, close the buttonholes by zig-zag stitching and seam rip off the buttons. 

Sew the pockets

Attach pockets 

Before making new buttons and buttonholes, cut two pockets from the extra plaid sleeves. Sew around the edges leaving one side open so that you can turn the pockets right side out. 

Topstitch the pockets


Once you have turned the pockets, topstitch making sure to close the open side.

Sew on the pockets


You can then go ahead and pin the pockets to the jacket and sew them on. Always measure to make sure that your pockets will be aligned. 

Add new buttons

Make new buttonholes and add new buttons 

Next, use a ruler and chalk to mark where you want your new buttonholes to be. Use your buttonhole foot to sew them. 

Seam rip the buttonholes open


Then use a seam ripper to open them up. 

Sew on new buttons


Finish off your new jacket by sewing on new buttons to line up with the buttonholes. 

Plaid denim jacket




Plaid denim jacket

This jacket could not get more chic and edgy! I don’t ever want to take it off! I would love to hear what you think about this denim jacket upcycle! Share your thoughts in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:

  • Denim jacket
  • 2 plaid shirts
  • Scissors
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  • Jeffrie Schultz
    Jeffrie Schultz
    on Jan 23, 2021

    This is cute. I may try it using several shortcuts. I do t do buttholes so need to make sure I get those on the righ side, or make a slip on.

    • ModernModiste
      ModernModiste
      on Jan 26, 2021

      Yes you could definitely line up the right sides and make make sure your 2 plaid shirts, if you use 2, buttonholes align. Or you could use the buttons just for appearance and not stress about it as MaryJane said

  • Candace
    Candace
    on Feb 4, 2021

    Absolutely love it!!! I'm about to steal my hubbie's barely ever worn jean jacket and go to town. Thanks so much for the fantastic idea!

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