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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Refashion – Zip Back T-shirt with Tutorial

Today I have a very easy, fun and satisfying DIY refashion to share with you. If you've ever inserted a zipper, this will be a breeze for you. Yesterday, in my DIY Outfit post I shared my inspiration for this top as well as sewing patterns and fabric to make it all yourself. If you don't feel like starting from scratch, you can grab a striped t-shirt from your closet or the local thrift store. Read on for all the how-to details.

I had an old hand-me-down t-shirt that had become kind of stretched out over the years. It was just screaming to be made over. I found a colorful zipper in my stash and I was ready to go. By the way, I highly recommend having a zipper stash. Over the years I found some super cheap (as in 10 cents) zippers at thrift stores and snatched them up. It's so handy to have a box full at the ready.

Adding the zipper, takes in the shirt a couple of inches at the center back. It was perfect for this shirt, giving it just the right fit. If you're making your own or buying a new (or previously used) one, be aware, it will be a little smaller when you're done.

How to Refashion a Zip Back T-shirt

Zipper (about 24 inches long)
2 strips of interfacing (1 inch wide by length of shirt)

Step 1: Fold the t-shirt in half with the fold down the center back. Cut along the fold and finish the raw edges.

Step 2: Adhere interfacing strips to wrong side of cut edges. Fold cut edges to inside.

Step 3: Pin zipper to folded edges and stitch in place. Topstitch folded edge in place.

Design Tips:

  • To see more of the zipper, stitch the zipper on top of the right side of the shirt (instead of the inside as I did here). 
  • Use contrasting thread for added design details. You could even redo the topstitching along the hem or neckline to match the zipper.
  • A contrasting color zipper makes this shirt feel really special. Choose one in a neon color for extra fun.
  • Try adding zippers to other seams like the bottom side seam or the front of a raglan sweatshirt.

Here I've styled the shirt with some casual skinny jeans, a matching vintage bracelet and driving moccasins. It's a great t-shirt for weekend wear, casual but still interesting.


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How to DIY Jodhpur Pants

By now you probably know that I rather like funky pants. You know, the pants with little extra somethin' somethin'.  I'm not afraid of harem pants or printed pants. So, if you're wondering if I like jodhpurs, then you know the answer is a resounding "Yes please". Read on for how I would DIY this look. If you're looking for a last minute Halloween costume, just add some riding boots, helmet and a plaid jacket and you're ready to go.

How to DIY Jodhpur Pants

Step 1: Our inspiration today are the Palermo Hudson Twill Jodhpurs from Ralph Lauren.

Step 2: To make this a super easy no-sew DIY, start by getting yourself a pair of pants like these skinny moto pants. Next grab some fabric or paper and make yourself a pattern. Just draw out the shape you want, cut it out and pin it on your pants to see if you like how it looks.

Step 3: Grab some brown suede and iron-on adhesive (such as Thermo-web). Using your pattern, cut our suede and adhesive for each leg, position and iron on. Check out this mini tutorial I did for tweed elbow patches as an example.

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