How to Easily Make Jacket Sleeves Longer

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I thrifted a gorgeous preloved floral bomber jacket for only $1 that was nearly perfect in every way – it even has 4 pockets! The only problem with this fab thrift score? Crazy short sleeves. Not long enough to reach my wrists and not short enough to be comfortably 3/4.

Luckily I had an awesome refashionista fix just waiting in my stash:

Grab my sleeve lengthening tutorial and make those less than stellar fitting arms comfy + grab my sweatshirt to bubble skirt DIY too!

Thankfully I’d held on to the top part of the glittery velvet sweatshirt I transformed into a funky bubble skirt in 2016!

Always hang on to those refashionista leftovers – you’ll use them in future projects for sure!

I popped the jacket on and measured the missing length I needed.

I cut the sweatshirt sleeve to size + a few centimetres for seam allowance.

I easily shrunk the sleeves to match the width of the jacket cuffs with 2 straight seams down the sides.

Then popped the new cuffs over the sleeve ends with right sides facing.

Stitched them together.

Flipped them right side out and had fabulously pattern mixed sleeves with the perfect length!

So loving my groovy new, perfectly fitting sleeves!

Now what shall I refashion next?

This was perfect for my Drew Barrymore thrifty copycat look too:

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  • Mary Njus Mary Njus on Jan 14, 2022

    Love your pic with Seth! It really does look just like hers. Your energy is awesome and your creativity inspiring.

  • Jenny Jenny on Jan 20, 2022

    Wow! Thank you! I’m tall and ALWAYS have “the sleeve problem” which makes me walk away from a potential purchase. YAY! You’ve solved my problem, if not my credit card! 😂🤣😅 now I can visualise what I can and can’t do to solve “the sleeve problem”. You’re a genius! 😊