Holley Simmons reports on fashion, beauty and dining for The Washington Post Express and FW, the fashion magazine of The Washington Post. When she’s not sprinkling red pepper flakes on something she’s about to eat, you can find her sewing a dress from a 1950s pattern or gluing glitter on everything.
Previously on Hands-On with Holley, we got buck with a sewing machine to turn a piece of art into a pillow… so we found inspiration in that and decided to tackle a the current denim jacket with leather sleeves trend seen all over runways and on every celebrity or fashion mag editor you could imagine. So let’s get started! Here’s what we’ll need:
- Sewing machine
- Jean jacket
- Leather jacket
- A ribbed cotton black sweater (optional)
1. This project is going to take a while, so go ahead and put on some pretty great music, like Drake.
2. Using the seam-ripper, remove the sleeves from your leather jacket.
3. I wanted a fitted sleeve for my jacket, so I removed a 4-inch panel of leather from the under part of the sleeve and replaced it with a 2-inch panel of ribbed cotton from the black sweater. This step is optional and your jacket will look just as bad-ass with looser sleeves.
4. Add “Buy black thread” to your to-do list. (We, out of both necessity and in an attempt to help you see this better… opted for white).
5. Using the seam-ripper, remove the sleeves from your jean jacket.
6. Align the top-most part of the right sleeve with the shoulder seem of the resulting denim “vest” and pin it in place. Repeat on the left side.
7. Begin pinning the remaining part of the leather sleeve to the denim arm-hole.
8. You’re probably pretty sick of Drake at this point, so put on some Kendrick Lamar.
9. If you find the arm-hole is larger than the sleeve, taper the hold to adjust.
10. Sew the sleeves in place.
11. Trim excess threads to make your jacket look camera ready.
12. Now go on, brush your shoulders off.
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