The idea of making a jacket out of jeans came from a picture found on Pinterest. I had a very worn pair of Levis, kept in case I needed to paint the walls (or something), so I thought I’d use them to see if it could be done. And yes, it can. Though for full-length sleeves, you will need to start off with longer legs! Alternatively, you can leave out or use less fabric in the ruffle.
Levi 921 were my favourite ever jeans. My jaw virtually dropped when I first saw them (in 2002 or 2003). They had so-called ‘jumbo stitching’ and were a very deep blue (though later faded); the waist curved in and the rise wasn’t too low. They felt great too. The denim was proper cowgirl stuff, pulling the saddlebags in tightly (‘saddlebags’, if you don’t know, are the plump bits that look like hips but are lower than the bones and are actually formed from buttock overspill! ) The style wasn’t available for long unfortunately. For the best part of the decade, boot-cut, stretch denim reigned, followed by the leggings-like skinny jeans we mostly wear today. But I still buy a nearly new pair of Levi 921’s on Ebay sometimes.
Have you ever fallen in love with a design, or a product, only to find it discontinued?
Making a Jacket out of Jeans.
These notes are a supplement to the original instructions (follow the Pinterest link).
If you want to give this a go, measure the waist of the jeans and your ribcage to make sure the waist will fit yours when the jeans are upside down. Having said that, wearing this buttoned up (as in the last picture) just makes me feel a bit corseted so I prefer it like a bolero.
I made my first cut by measuring my waist to armhole length then cutting this from the waist down to the hips of the jeans, after first adding a seam allowance. I put in bust darts but they weren’t necessary; in fact, the less done here, the better as you’ll preserve the rough-hewn denim effect. For making the sleeves, I took a narrow-fitting sleeve from a dress pattern in the stash and cut them by working upwards from the hem of the jeans.
Most of the construction seams were done with matching blue thread. Yellow topstitching was applied afterwards for decorative effect.
What do you think? I would like to try this again, with a different style of jeans and a neckline/hemline not so dictated by the original seams.