Craft Challenge: October 2017 "Distressed Denim Jacket"

It's time for October's Craft Challenge! For this month, I decided to use a denim jacket. I loved this jacket and I didn't want to part with it. The problem was that it got a tad bit too small, the sleeves were too tight, and I wanted to make it trendier. At first, I really didn't know what to do with it. I started by cutting off those sleeves, because I really wanted to get rid of them. As I sat there in my sewing room, staring into space, and thinking about what to do with the jacket; I glanced over at my fabric stash and saw some distressed denim from Mily Mae Fabrics

It was love at first sight between this denim jacket and the distressed denim fabric. <3

The distressed denim is LOVE. Even though the fabric is "distressed," the holes are patched up underneath, on the other side of the fabric, so there is complete coverage. 


1. I chopped off those sleeves!

2. While I was contemplating what to do with this denim jacket, I decided to add a hood. I used this  tutorial to make a hood. It is actually really easy! When tracing your hood, be sure that the bottom part of it matches the measurement of the neckline (the pink dots) you are attaching it to. I traced my hood from one of my favorite hoodies. 
Afterwards, I pinned and sewed my hood on the inside of my denim jacket, along the pink dots.

3. Next it was on to the sleeves! I traced out new sleeves from the old ones. I added 1/2" seam allowance on the curved part of the sleeve and I added about an inch or two where the pink dots are shown. I did this, so my new sleeves wouldn't be as tight as the old ones. It also helped that my new fabric was stretchy, unlike the denim which hardly stretched. 

4. Then, I sewed on the sleeves to the jacket. (Right sides of the fabric together!)

5. After, it was on to the cuffs! I like cuffs on everything, because they add a little bit of length, and I feel they're super cozy. :) 

I cut out a piece (measure your sleeve opening), added about 1/4" seam allowance, and sewed it closed right sides together. (See the pink dots).

6. Then, I folded it in half, right side of the fabric facing out, as shown.

See? Cute little cuff!

7. Then, I placed my cuff inside my sleeve (right sides together). I sewed along the pink dotted line.

8. The final step was to lengthen the jacket a bit. I cut out a piece of fabric as shown. 
Width: I measured the bottom hem of my jacket and added about 1/2" seam allowance.
Length: This measurement was how much length I wanted to add to my jacket times 2, since it was going to be folded.

9. With right sides together, I sewed the ends closed (the pink dotted line).

10. Then, I flipped it inside out and serged along the top. If you don't have a serger, you can do a zig zag stitch. :)

11. Finally, I sewed the panel on to the bottom of the jacket. I sewed it on top of an existing seam, so it wouldn't be too noticeable. 

New jacket!

Now, let's take a look at what the other crafters created this month: 


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