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JEANS JACKET ALTERATION: There’s just one problem – my vintage choices mainly were limited to men’s jackets. And even the most miniature men’s jacket that I could find still drowned my petite frame. So I bought a less expensive one to see if I could alter it. To look intentionally and fashionably oversize instead of “here, little girl, want to wear my jacket?
This jacket isn’t going to stop my hunt for the perfect vintage jacket.
One that has the welt pockets at the sides, and I’d like a little bit less of a dropped shoulder, and a slimmer sleeve was something I was looking for, So. I took out the sleeves and most of the side seams – down to the waistband.
I tried the sleeveless jacket on the wrong side out, pinned out where I wanted the seams to be, tapering into the waist, and then out to the unaltered waistband. Then, I added a seam allowance beyond the line.
I compared my armscye measurement to the top of each Sleeve, again measuring on the seam line, and determined that I needed to cut 2 inches off each Sleeve. So I marked 1 inch on each side of the sleeve cap and tapered that to nothing at the wrist. Then I flat felled the seam on each Sleeve so that the sleeves were tubes again.
I flat-felled the seams to attach the sleeves back on, and done. At this point, a jacket that took me 2 hours to alter was sitting on the shelf for a year! However, I’ve learned that doing the altering isn’t as hard as I expect.