ReFashion: Making a Jacket’s Sleeves Larger Around

ReFashion Making a Jackets Sleeves Larger Around

Several weeks ago I purchased an Ann Taylor LOFT cargo jacket at my favorite local thrift shop.  This camel colored jacket had everything on my checklist, well almost everything.  The color was perfect, the length was great, it had great details like the drawstring waist, sleeve pockets, and epaulets on the shoulder, and it was the perfect mix of casual chic.

The setback?

It was one size too small and fit way too snug in the shoulder and upper arm.Jacket ReFashion G

I am not sure if you can tell from this picture, but this is TIGHT!Jacket ReFashion H

Solution: Add an extension to the sleeve to open up the arm hole and release the arm a bit using a lace ribbon.  Here is how I did it:

This first part was a bit scary as when I typically alter an item, I carefully open up the seam.  Since the seams were placed in a different area on this particular jacket, I took the plunge and cut the under part of the sleeves open all the way down to the drawstring waist.2015-09-05 14.18.13

After ironing down a fold a quarter of an inch on the raw edge, I placed the lace ribbon underneath and pinned it into place.2015-09-05 14.41.55

I then top stitched the sleeve, attaching the lace to the jacket.
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I then flipped the sleeve wrong side out and attached the other side of the lace ribbon to the other raw edge of the sleeve with pins.2015-09-05 17.30.20

I then stitched up this side and flipped it right side out.  And just like that, I was able to give myself enough room in the sleeve to feel comfortable.Jacket ReFashion M

This was the perfect project to complete on a rainy day.  Since it was soaked outside and raining on and off, I chose to stay under the patio cover to take a few shots of the completed jacket in a styled outfit.Jacket ReFashion A

This refashioned jacket is now a great addition to my fall wardrobe.  I paired it with a graphic tee and green pants for its debut.  I attempted to get a great shot of the underside of the sleeves to show the lace, but this was as good as it got!Jacket ReFashion E

Since this is a small accent to really make this wearable for me, I probably will not be posing like this any time soon in public.  I had this lace from a previous project and it was to the 1/8th of an inch enough to complete this.  Whew!Jacket ReFashion D

I am so glad I did, because I am so pleased with the results!

Outfit Details

Jacket: LOFT, ReFashioned (similar: option 1, option 2, option 3)

Graphic Tee: Old Navy (similar: option 1, option 2, option 3)

Ava & Viv Colorblocked Ankle Pant: Target

Green Woven Clutch: Anthropologie (similar)

LaJolla Necklace: Anthropologie (similar)

Summer Woods Bangle Set: Charming Charlie (similar)

Tori Open Pave Ring: Charming Charlie

Pierced Brown Wedges: Franco Sarto (similar)

Today’s Postivity Note

Refuse to be average.  Let your heart soar as it will.  -AW Tozer

Be Blessed!


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