The weather in Northern California can be unpredictable with wild swings from morning to night, so I made this sleeveless coat as a stylish layering piece when I need some extra warmth. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make your own sleeveless coat by refashioning a thrift store suit. This is an easy project that took me only a couple of hours to complete over the weekend.
Here’s a quick overview of this on how to refashion an enormous suite into a sleeveless sleeveless coat.
Step 1: Chop off the sleeve
Step 2: Take in the sides
Step 3: Shape and finish the armholes
Step 1: Chop off the sleeves. I removed the sleeves from the seam. This jacket had a built in vest I was on the fence about, so I kept if for now.l
Step 2: Take in the sides. Pin the sides of the jacket.
Cut off the excess fabric and serge or sew the sides.
Step 3: Shape and the armhole. Because the jacket was so huge to begin with, the shoulder width was very wide, so I had to cut out new armholes. Notice how the vest is gone? It kept getting in the way when I was sewing, and I chopped it off in a fit of frustration.
Step 5: Adjust armhole. There was quite a bit of gaping at the armhole.
I fixed the gaping by taking in the excess fabric at the shoulder seam. Notice how the jacket is turned inside out? I find it’s easier to make these kinds of adjustment this way. Sew along the pins to reduce the circumference of the armhole.
I had to make the same adjustment at the neck facing to reduce bulk at the shoulders.
Step 6: I finished the armhole with bias binding. I made my bias binding by cutting 2 1.5″ strips of black fabric and pressed it lengthwise.
I sewed the bias binding to the right side of the armhole, flipped it to the back and stitched it down from the front.
I like how this upcycled sleeveless coat dressed up my outfit. In the picture, I’m wearing a plain black crew neck and white jeans under the coat. Without the coat, the outfit was meh, but once I put it on, the coat added a touch of menswear that was polished and pulled together.
I have a skirt and a set of sleeves left over from this project. Stay tuned for a part 2 of this refashion . . . .
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