How to Make a Designer Jacket From Jeans

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by Stitchless TV
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Imagine owning your own designer jacket! I decided to create my own! Follow my tutorial and see how I made this fashion show stopper from fabrics I already had at home. I knew this would be a unique piece to add to my wardrobe that would rope in the compliments! This piece was so much fun to make and I could really let my creative juices fly! Follow this step-by-step guide and learn how I made this incredible, designer jacket.

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Tools and Materials:

  • Sewing machine
  • Jeans
  • Jumper
  • Gold ribbing
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Create the shape

Before I could get started on this amazing jacket I needed to create a pattern. I started by draping some fabric on the stand to create a basic bodice shape.

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I used masking tape to tape up darts I had added and tape all the seams together. Once everything was in place, I drew over the tape adding my style lines. 

Add notches

A great tip that helped me make this awesome jacket was adding notches of all the key points onto the pattern. I added notches and labeled the different pieces made my life a whole lot easier! 

Cut out the patterns

Once I had detailed the pattern as I needed to, I cut out the different pieces. I then placed the pattern on my denim fabric and cut the fabric pieces out, making sure to leave half a cm for seam allowance. 

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Make changes

While I was creating this denim masterpiece, I made a few easy changes that just pulled the whole look together! I pulled the side seam at a forward slant and restyled the shape of the back. To create the beautiful bustled side of the jacket, I simply forced a straight line onto a curve to get some excess material. It’s definitely one of my favorite details on this jacket. 

Add gold piping
Add details

To create a one of a kind look, I added gold piping down the sides of my jacket which accentuated the style. I also added this detail on the back of the jacket creating a unique zig-zag pattern. I used a gold jumper to create the ribbing on the neckline and the ribbing on the hips. I love the gold accents on this denim show stopper!

Add a lining

I lined this designer jacket with an amazing vintage scarf. I adore how a detail like this can add so much to this piece. It's unbelievable to think I created this stunning jacket from fabric I had lying around the house!

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This designer jacket has the perfect fit! What is your favorite detail on this piece? Let me know in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:
  • Sewing machine
  • Jeans
  • Jumper
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