Refashion a Jean Jacket with Sweatshirt Sleeves and Hoodie

Refashioned Jean Jacket with Sweatshirt Sleeves and Hoodie

 

In this tutorial, I’ll show you step by step how to  refashion a plain jean jacket into a jean jacket hoodie.  It’s a simple project where you graft the sweatshirt sleeves and hoodie to the jean jacket.  This easy project only took me 1 hour to finish.

 

Here’s an overview of this project:

Step 1:  Cut off sleeves and hoodie of the sweatshirt

Sept 2:  Reshape the sweatshirt sleeves

Step 3:  Attach the sleeves

Step 4:  Reshape the hood and attach it to the jacket collar

Refashioned Jean Jacket with Sweatshirt Sleeves and Hoodie - Step 1

Step 1:  Cut off the sleeves and hoodie of the sweatshirt.

Refashioned Jean Jacket with Sweatshirt Sleeves and Hoodie Close up

Cut off the sleeves of the jean jacket.  Be sure to leave a 1/4″ seam allowance to attach to sweatshirt sleeves

Refashioned Jean Jacket with Sweatshirt Sleeves and Hoodie - Cut out sweatshirt sleeves using the jean jacket sleeve as a pattern

Step 2:  Reshape the sweatshirt sleeves.  Cut open the sweatshirt sleeves.  Next, cut open the jean jacket sleeves to use as a sleeve pattern.  Lay it over the sweatshirt sleeve.

Refashioned Jean Jacket with Sweatshirt Sleeves and Hoodie - Sweatshirt sleeve cut out

Cut out the sweatshirt sleeve with an additional 1/4″ seam allowance.  No need to add a seam allowance to the bottom as you’ll be reusing the original sweatshirt cuff.

Refashioned Jean Jacket with Sweatshirt Sleeves and Hoodie - Sleeve sewn on side

Sew the sides of the sweatshirt sleeve.  Then turn it right side out.

Refashioned Jean Jacket with Sweatshirt Sleeves and Hoodie - Sew sleeve to armhole

Step 3: Attach the sleeves.  With right sides together, pin the sleeves to the armhole and sew.

Refashioned Jean Jacket with Sweatshirt Sleeves and Hoodie - resize the hoodie

Step 4: Reshape the hood and attach it to the jacket collar.  Notice how the neckline of the hoodie is wider than the collar of the jacket?  That pinch you see in the hoodie is the excess to trim off, which was about 3″.

Refashioned Jean Jacket with Sweatshirt Sleeves and Hoodie - resized hoodie

Trim off the excess and sew the seam closed.

Refashioned Jean Jacket with Sweatshirt Sleeves and Hoodie - Sew Hoodie to Collar

Pick open the stitches of the collar.  Pin the collar in between the top and bottom of the collar, and then sew the collar.

Refashioned Jean Jacket with Sweatshirt Sleeves and Hoodie - After Front

Refashioned Jean Jacket with Sweatshirt Sleeves and Hoodie - back

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never worn a hoodie over my head.  I think of it more as an accessory than anything functional.    I love this jacket because it adds a tomboy edge to any look.  Adding the sweatshirt sleeves and hoodie made the jacket surprisingly warm.  We shot these pictures outside on a cold December morning, and the jacket did a great job taking the edge off the chill.  I’ve seen these jackets at the mall selling for over $100.  I made mine for less than $10 with thrifted finds.  I love a good bargain.

 

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  7. MPaula at 12:10 pm

    I love this idea. Unfortunately I gave my jean jacket away. I will look for another one when the thrift store has a sale.
    I have used the hood before and was glad I had it! A few times it was because it was raining. Once I had it on under a jacket when a cold wind came up as I was waiting for a bus.

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