DIY Jean Jacket

It’s been two years since I decided I wanted to remake my favourite RTW jean jacket. Last year I painstakingly traced each piece and added seam allowances. I also bought and died (twice) the fabric for it then I ran out of steam.

There are soooo many pattern pieces in a jean jacket!

Since then it has sat in my project box waiting for me to find the motivation to keep going. This year I put it on my 2018 Make Nine list in hopes that having it on a list would convince me to go for it. Spoiler alert… it worked!

New vs. Old

I decided to follow the Hampton Jean Jacket tutorial from Alina Sewing and Design Co. and it helped me get over the major hurdle of how to put it together. After a quick muslin to check the fit and work out the construction, I decided to go for it. It took me two weeks of intentionally slow work and the final result is about as good as I could have hoped.

There are a few issues of course. There is no way to tackle a DIY project like this and have it be perfect! I attached the collar a bit high where it joins the front plackets. That’s an easy fix though and I may go back and correct it at some point – or I’ll just leave it because does it really make a difference?

It also turned out a tad bigger than my old one but not enough to be a big concern. The worst bummer is that I messed up the installation of the buttons and cut the holes too big so I think the buttons are going to pull out over time. Novice jean button installation mistake. Luckily I have a bit of fabric remaining and I think I know enough about the construction now to replace the button band if I have to.

It was definitely too cold for jean jacket wearing but outdoor photos were necessary
I’ll have to post more photos in the spring when I can wear it as intended with sleeves rolled up!

Otherwise I’d say it’s pretty perfect. It is my last make for my 2018 Make Nine and I am thrilled that I pushed myself to do it before the craziness of December sets in.

Now to come up with my 2019 Make Nine plans…

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Lindsay

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