How to Make a DIY Chanel-Inspired Suit Out of a Long Hoodie

Jess Dang
by Jess Dang
11 Materials
5 Hours

In this DIY, I’m going to show you how to make a matching Chanel-inspired two-piece set from a long hoodie. This is a fantastic way to transform an old hoodie and turn it into something sophisticated that could even pass as designer! Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Long hoodie
  • Fabric marker
  • Ruler 
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Elastic
  • Safety pins
  • Shirt
  • Seam ripper
  • Buttons
Long hoodie before the DIY transformation

Here is the hoodie before the transformation. Make sure that the hoodie you’re using is long enough to create a two-piece set.

Measuring the skirt for the suit

1. Measure and cut the skirt

The first step is cutting the hoodie into two parts so that you’ll be able to create a blazer and a skirt.

Measure 40cm (15.7 inches) up from the bottom of the hoodie, mark that spot, and then draw a horizontal line across the hoodie. Cut along this line. 

Try on the top part to determine how long you want your jacket to be.

DIY Chanel suit with a skirt

Mark 49cm (19 inches) along, which is ½ the hip size + 3cm (1 inch); this is how tight I want the skirt to be. You can, of course, adjust this measurement using your own hip size.

Draw a vertical line down the skirt at this point and cut.

Sewing the skirt seams

2. Sew the skirt

Turn the skirt inside out, pin the open side closed, and sew down. 

Inserting elastic into the waistband casing

3. Insert elastic

Next, take some elastic, attach a safety pin to one end and pin that to the edge of your skirt. Attach a safety pin on the other end of the elastic and thread that through the skirt.

Once you’ve got it all the way around, take the two safety pins out and sew the two ends of the elastic together. Then, pin the open part of the skirt and sew it closed.

Cutting black strips of the fabric from an old shirt

4. Cut black strips

Next, take a black shirt, and with a ruler, draw along the placket. Measure 4cm down and draw a parallel line. Continue measuring 4cm down and drawing parallel lines until you have three more. Once done, cut out the strips.

DIY Chanel-inspired black bias binding

You will end up with five cut-out strips like this. These black strips will be used to create the signature Chanel black bias binding for the blazer and skirt.

Sewing the black bias binding onto the skirt hem

5. Sew the skirt bias binding

Take your skirt piece, pin one of the black strips to the bottom, and sew the strip down. 

Tip: If your black strips aren’t long enough, you can sew two of them together and cut them until you have the correct length.

Making a DIY Chanel suit

Then, fold the black strip down and fold it again to the other side of the skirt. Pin it down all the way around.

Sewing a DIY Chanel suit

It will end up looking like this. Sew the hem down.

DIY Chanel skirt

You will end up with a neat black bias binding along the bottom of your skirt.

Seam ripping the hood from the hoodie

7. Remove the hood

To make your jacket, start by removing the hood of your hoodie by unpicking the stitching with a seam ripper.

Cutting down the center of the jacket

8. Cut down the middle

Take a tape measure and measure the width of the bottom of your top. Mark the midpoint. Then, draw a line from the midpoint at the bottom all the way to the top and cut along this line. 

Sewing the jacket bias binding

9. Sew the jacket bias binding

Take some black strips and pin them to the jacket, starting with the inside of the collar area and continuing all the way down one side.

Repeat on the other side and do the same for the inside of the bottom of the jacket. Sew it all down. 

Rounding the corners of the jacket edges

Next, round the corners.

Chanel jacket DIY

Fold the black bias binding over, fold it again and pin it to the other side. Sew it down.

Seam ripping the cuffs from the jacket

10. Remove the cuffs

Unpick the cuffs with a seam ripper to remove them.

Sewing a Chanel jacket dupe

11. Add bias binding to the sleeves

Pin the black band to the end of the sleeves and then repeat the process as before. Sew it down and then once sewn, fold over, pin to the other side and sew it down again. Repeat on the other sleeve.

Measuring pockets for the DIY Chanel jacket

12. Make the pockets

Take the hood piece and draw a square measuring 17x17cm (6.7x6.7 inches). These squares (one from each side of the fabric) will serve as your pockets. Cut them out.

How to make pockets for the DIY Chanel jacket

Open up one of the bottom parts of the sleeves that you removed and draw a square measuring 13x13cm (5x5 inches). Cut this square out.

Pocket pattern pieces

Now you will have two big pockets that you cut out from the hood and two small pockets that you cut out from the sleeve part.

Pinning black bias binding to the pockets

Pin and sew the black bias binding to the top of all four pockets using the same method as before.

Marking the pocket placement

13. Sew the pockets

Measure and mark 5cm (2 inches) up from the bottom of the jacket and 6cm (2.4 inches) in from the middle.

Attaching the pockets to the jacket

Place the larger pocket on top of where you have just marked and fold the edges under very slightly. Pin the pocket to the jacket and do the same for the pocket on the other side.

Pinning the pockets to the jacket

For the top two pockets, mark 7cm (2.8 inches) in from the middle of the jacket and 8cm (3 inches) up from the bottom pocket. 

How to sew a Chanel jacket with pockets

Then, place the smaller pocket on top of where you have just marked. Again, fold the sides under very sightly and pin to the jacket. Repeat on the other side, and then sew all the pockets down.

Attaching buttons to the Chanel jacket DIY

14. Sew on buttons

Take five buttons and position them along one side of the jacket opening. Also, place one button on each of the pockets. Finish off by sewing some buttonholes, and you are done!

How to make a Chanel suit from a hoodie

How to make a Chanel suit from a hoodie

Here we have our finished Chanel-inspired two-piece suit! It looks nothing like the hoodie that we started off with!

I love the cute mini-skirt, the pockets and buttons on the blazer, and the black hem that gives the pieces a really nice finish. This two-piece outfit is sophisticated and classy, and also comfy and warm.

Let me know what you think of this tutorial and the final transformation in the comment below.

DIY Chanel suit from a long hoodie

Suggested materials:
  • Long hoodie
  • Fabric marker
  • Ruler
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