Jacket Update Or What To Do When Spot Treatment Failed

I’ve had this beautiful white jacket for a few years now. It served me well with a pair of jeans as well as pencil skirt. Unfortunately a busy NYC’ streets happen to it recently, a.k.a. someone-with-a-coffee-bumped-into-me…Sigh. After trying several spot treatments I could still see the yellowish-y streak. But, not to dwell on the negatives, I decided to give the favorite jacket a slight upgrade.

The whole project took about 2.5 hours because I hand sew the whole thing, so if you use a sewing machine you’ll cut in half the time needed.

The jacket itself is made of a nicely textured 100% cotton. The lining however is a polyester, and not quite breathable. Which is why I would often wear the jacket in spring and fall, but not as often during hot & humid NYC’s summer months.

I decided to take a risk and part with the lining altogether. I though in a worth case scenario, if it’s not gonna look nice or the jacket will start loosing its shape I would sew a silk or cotton lining and attach it to the jacket.

I’m happy to report, it wears nicely this far. The cotton is very thick, so I guess that helps.

 

Now to the sewing steps.

I always wash the item of clothing to be refashioned before working with it.

Jacket Refashion--VLifeStyle.org
Jacket Refashion–VLifeStyle.org

 

Next I removed the lining. Off you go a suffocating polyester.

Jacket Refashion--VLifeStyle.org
Jacket Refashion–VLifeStyle.org

 

The above step left me with a bit raw looking inside.

Jacket Refashion--VLifeStyle.org
Jacket Refashion–VLifeStyle.org

 

After pressing the jacket and the raw seems I hand stitched the seems using the same technique used in the haute couture clothing. Here is a video tutorial on how-to if you’re interested.

Jacket refashion--VLifestyle.org
Jacket refashion–VLifestyle.org

 

Next I chose a piece of fabric with nice embroidery from my stash.

Jacket refashion--VLifestyle.org

 

Then I cut out the floral elements.

Jacket refashion--VLifestyle.org
Jacket refashion–VLifestyle.org

 

Next I hand stitched the embroidery using one of the invisible haute couture stitching technique shown in the tutorial I mentioned above.

Jacket refashion--VLifestyle.org
Jacket refashion–VLifestyle.org

 

What’s left is to press it, remove any pieces of treads left behind, and enjoy the upgraded summer wardrobe essential!

 

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2 Comments
  1. Elena says

    Wow!! So beautiful and simple! Thank you for the detailed tutorial

    1. Jennifer Santiago says

      Thank you Elena! I’m glad you liked it 🙂
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