Refashion – Sherpa Fleece Jacket Collar

I've had this faux leather jacket for a few years now. I got it for a great deal at TJ Maxx and I've worn it a lot. And well loved means well worn, the faux leather has now started to flake away especially at the back of the shawl collar, covering me in little brown flakes. I still love the jacket but it's not cute to be covered in jacket dandruff. To remedy the dandruff issue and hopefully get a little more wear out this jacket, I devised a refashion.

I bought about 1/3 yard of faux-shearling fleece (like this one). Then I traced a pattern for the collar onto a piece of scrap fabric. I cut out the scrap fabric "pattern" then used it to cut out the shearling with about 1/2 inch extra for seam allowance. (I did have to do a pieced section to allow for the zipper.)

I started by folding in the seam allowance and stitching it in place. But I didn't like the way the top stitching looked. So, I ripped out the stitching and decided to glue instead. (I know. Glue! I would normally never use glue for a garment but stitching just didn't seem like an option.) I used Aleene's Tacky glue and spread a thin layer on the jacket then smoothed the fabric on top. I started in the center and worked my way to the outside doing one side and then the other. Instead of using pins to hold the unglued part of the collar in place, I used big clips. I let the glue dry overnight then trimmed away the excess fabric. And it's all done!

I really love the way it looks. I'm sure I'll eventually have to give up the jacket because other parts are starting to flake away too but in the meantime I'll be able to enjoy it a little longer. Sadly, it's been so hot in LA lately I don't know when I'll get a chance to wear my jacket again. But hopefully it will be soon! Do you have an item of clothing that has seen better days that you can't dare to give up? Have you tried to refashion it?

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