Cropped Tie-Front Jacket

Chickie W.U.
by Chickie W.U.
2 Materials
30 Minutes

Hello Readers. I had a pretty "one size fits all" jacket, but guess what? It did not fit. I have never tried on clothing that said "one size fits all" that actually fit me well. It should say "one size fits almost no one".

This jacket was one light and thin layer, like a shirt. It would have been a perfect for piece for layering.

It was just too loose. There was no distinction between the arms and body. It was just a big rectangle. It had so shape even when tied in the front. So sad!

I knew this would be an easy fix. I needed to make actual sleeves and a more narrow body to provide a more flattering shape. It did not need to be tight, it just needed more shape. You can see the sleeves I made in this picture. I tapered the body until it fit well. Sometimes when I refashion, it is one step at a time until I get the fit I want.

I took 4-5 inches out of each side. I used a zigzag stitch to close the new side seams. I did not want any fraying inside my new jacket. The reason I love sewing is that you can remake any of your clothes into whatever you want them to be.

My new jacket was done in no time. Well, almost no time. The tie at the waist pulled the sides in even more and gave the whole jacket a flattering but still loose fit. The sleeves are more defined so I don't look like a light blue rectangle anymore. Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Suggested materials:
  • Light Shirt/Jacket   (Hand-me-down)
  • Sewing Machine   (On-hand)

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