Last week's denim and lace project got me thinking about another denim jacket patiently waiting in my refashion closet for its turn to shine. This vintage Levi's jacket from last autumn's clothes swap was in pretty good condition other than the dirty and damaged collar. The sleeves were also a little baggier than I would have liked.
I started brainstorming about how I could replace the collar and sleeves while salvaging the body of the jacket, and then it hit me. Leather! So I pulled out this long black leather skirt from last spring's clothes swap and set about recreating a Veda X Madewell jacket I saw on Pinterest.
Step one was removal of the old denim sleeves. I carefully snipped them off as close to the shoulder seams as possible. Then I cut one sleeve open and used it as a template to cut out the leather. I lined them up with the original skirt hem so that could be used as the new sleeve hems.
I folded each sleeve with right sides together and seamed up the under side of the arm.
Then I attached the sleeves to the body by pinning them to the inside of the armholes and sewing on top of the existing stitches. Once the sleeves were attached, I tried on the jacket and took in the sleeves to be a bit more fitted.
After that it was time to replace the collar. First, I ripped out the stitches holding it to the body of the jacket. Then, like the sleeves, I used this piece as a pattern to cut the new collar.
It was really only the top layer of the collar that was damaged, so I cut that part off and joined the leather piece to the under layer of denim.
I snipped the corners off the ends of the leather piece to reduce the bulk for the next step. Then I folded the leather over and top-stitched around the sides and top edge.
Finally, I reattached the collar to the jacket. I was worried about the seam being too bulky for my sewing machine, so I didn't worry about folding over the leather since it would be on the inside anyway. I simply trimmed off the excess leather when I was done.
This is my new favorite jacket. I've already worn it at least three times. Love it!