Friday 12 May 2017

High School Jacket Down-Size!:)

"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him."

Hebrews 11:6

        Hey everybody!:) I finished taking in my jacket a few weeks ago, but just getting around to blogging about it now! I've been sewing a lot even though I've been slack on keeping up here. I just finished a rag quilt for my son. His birthday is coming up and he's *obsessed* with blankets these days! Very excited to give it to him!:) There's an event that the ladies on "That Sewing Blab" have started, "Pin it, Sew it", so that'll be the subject of my next post!:)

      Down-sizing my beloved (huge) High School jacket was trickier than I had anticipated. Mostly because it was shaped like a bag, lol (not even joking).  I'm sure I tried it on a million times! Turning it inside-out, right-side on, checking the fit, good grief I'm glad its done:p!! I detached the cuffs from the sleeves and simply tried to take in the sides of the jacket and lining separately but it looked *awful*. I ended up pinning it down the centre from the outside, smoothing it out and pinning out (photos below). I'm not going to go into too much detail, I think the photos are pretty self-explanatory anyway. I hemmed the bottom with bias tape and the sleeves using a technique on another jacket I have, so there'd be no stitching visible. The main jacket sleeve was left longer, while the lining was cut shorter & sewn together (sleeve pulled through the bottom hem and stitched by machine).

My only pic from my High School days! Man I loved that jacket!:)

Pinned down the middle, smoothing  and pinning outwards.

Used a RTW jacket as a guide to add a bit of shaping.

Used a jacket pattern piece to help with sleeve curve.

Bias tape hem & put the original draw-string back through.


  1. You did such a wonderful job! I love your throwback high school photo, too! Now you have a new reason to love your jacket.

    1. Thank you Vanessa! I've worn my jacket a bunch of times now and I love it!:)

  2. Oh great work. You have made it so much more wearable now.