How to Make a Sleek Chanel-style Jacket

Pekgee Peggy
by Pekgee Peggy
9 Materials
1 Hour

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to make a sleek Chanel-style jacket. This piece is classy, sophisticated, and a really fun Chanel DIY to try out. So, without further ado, let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Top
  • Fabric
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Bias tape
  • Buttons
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
Chanel suit jacket

Tracing around an old top

1. Trace around a top

To get the measurements for the DIY Chanel jacket, a really simple hack is to take a top that you already own and simply draw around it. Though only draw around the main body of the top.

Fold your top in half and place it on the fold of your fabric. Since this is a stretchy top, and my pink fabric is stiffer, I'm going to be a bit generous with my markings to ensure the top won't be too tight.

I'm adding about an inch extra all the way around. Once you've done this, you can proceed to cut it out.

Measurements for DIY Chanel jacket

Here you can see the measurements of my cut-out jacket.

Creating another template

2. Create another template

You then need to draw three lines about 0.8-1 inch apart from one another, at the bottom of the fabric next to the fold.

Take your template and place it above the lines. Trace around your top, include the lines, and proceed to cut out the new shape.

This extra material from the lines will make up the placket of the button-up design that we are making.

Measurements for pockets of DIY Chanel jacket

3. Cut out the pockets

The next step is to cut out two pockets. You can see the measurement that I used above.

Measurements for sleeves of DIY Chanel jacket

4. Cut out the sleeves

Then you want to trace around your sleeves and cut them out.

Measurements for collar

5. Cut out the collar

Continue to trace around your collar and cut that out as well. As mentioned before, I added on a bit extra to ensure a comfortable fit.

Template for DIY Chanel jacket

6. Add bias tape

Take the two parts that make up the front of your top. Fold along the lines twice to make the thicker, placket part of the top.

Then, stick bias tape along both sides. Continue to stick the bias tape around the pockets as I have done. Once done, sew the pockets on either side of your top.

Assembling the Chanel-style jacket

7. Assemble the Chanel-style jacket

Now you need to sew the front and back sides of the top together and add the collar on. 

When done, add the sleeves. Turn the top inside out, bring the sleeve up through the armhole, pin it into place and then sew it to the rest of the top.

Adding the buttons

8. Add the buttons

Finish up by hemming the edges for a clean finish and adding some more bias tape along the collar and the bottom of the top.

The last step is to sew on some pretty pink buttons so that you can button your top up. You can also add a button on the top of each pocket.

Completed Chanel-style jacket

DIY Chanel-style jacket

That's how you make a Chanel-style jacket!

It feels so satisfying to recreate a catwalk look. I think that this looks just like the real thing!

The bias tape is a simple way to create a professional-looking finish, and I love how it contrasts with the pale pink.

If you enjoyed this DIY Chanel tutorial, let me know in the comments below!

More DIY Chanel ideas

If you enjoyed this tutorial, why not check out this tutorial on how to make a DIY Chanel-inspired suit out of a long hoodie.

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2 of 3 comments
  • Melinda Melinda on Jul 08, 2021

    I think it looks great. Different fabric yes but a beautiful design well done for thinking so creatively and using bias tape. Differences are what makes the change from a carbon copy to a design.

  • Lisa Judycki Lisa Judycki on Jul 13, 2021

    You are a talented seamstress! Your rendition is beautifully done, way to go!