Upcycled tweed jacket with a sleeve alteration
As you know I love a bit of tweed, but a tweed jacket doesn’t have to cost as much as you think.
I’m always looking through the local charity shops just on the off chance that I can find a cheeky little bargain to upcycle, this time it took the form of a tweed country jacket. I tried it on and for the most part it fitted perfectly, albeit the sleeves were a little bit 80’s and slightly wider than I usually prefer. When I said to the lady in the shop I may make a little alteration, she looked dismayed. I promised her the alterations were only going to be minor and quickly parted with the £7 on the price tag.
When I got home I tried it on again and Evie rushed up to have a look, she reached in to the left pocket and found a £2 coin, this really was turning out to be a real bargain. (just to clear up any people thinking i’m a scrooge, I donated the coin in the next charity box I passed).
Back to those sleeves, I had an idea in my mind as to how I’d slim them down. It really is super simple.
1. Firstly I put the jacket on to get an idea of the desired width.
2. I then take it off and turn the sleeves inside out.
3. On the inside of jacket arms you tend to find that the lining is edge stitched, I unpick this on both of the arms, probably about half of their length.
4. I also unpick the stitching on the cuffs where they join the lining.
5. Turning the sleeves through the gaps I created in lining, I mark and pin the fabric of the sleeves themselves on the already existing seam.
6. I run a simple straight stitch from the elbow region starting at the seam and working outwards to the cuffs.
7. Once happy with the new stitch line I then trim back the seam and press to one side.
8. I restitch the cuffs to their linings.
9. Lastly I turn back through and close up the arm lining with a neat edge stitch.
Not bad for a fiver huh….ok seven pounds, and half an hour of my time!
What do you think, have I inspired you to bargain hunt and do a simple alteration?
Until next time,