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Altering a denim jacket to fit

There is nothing better than being invited to a friends home to check out the clothes she is about to part with… especially if you are a similar size:)  How could I resist such an invite?? Initial thoughts were to look through for fabric I could repurpose. I came home twenty four hours later with two denim jackets and some linen skirts (turned into spontaneous tea and sleepover so we could share a bottle of wine…).

At the moment it can be a bit tricky to find clothes that fit my daughter as she transitions from girls to teen clothes. I had a light bulb moment and realised that the smaller denim jacket might just fit her… she loves denim jackets:)



Inevitably the sleeves were way too long, plus it is slightly wide on the shoulders. Due to constraints re the thickness of fabric my sewing machine can cope with I limited alterations to sleeve length. I was surprised at just how easy it was to remove the cuff and reposition. If you wish to do this yourself unpick the joining seam for the cuff to the jacket.

remove cuff of denim jacket

Cut off excess fabric on the sleeve.

Cut off excess sleeve

Unpick some of the seam which has the cuff opening on. Finish the now opened seam fabric… I chose a matching thread colour wise to tone in as much as possible.

narrow sleeve

If the sleeve tapers you will need to take in the sleeve as it will be wider. Pin the cuff on and resew in place.

Reattach sleeve

The whole process took less than an hour..

Shorten the sleeves on a denim jacket

My daughter is super pleased, so am I (especially as I don’t feel a denim jacket is a wardrobe essential!!)








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Tuesday 29th of October 2019

I would say your daughter is lucky to have a mother like you. I am very passionate about learning this kind of stuff specially, alteration of denim jackets and jeans was always on my mind but unfortunately, there weren't many people like you. I would say to you that you should continue working on projects like that, I mean to say that people like me would appreciate if you could also make a video or two and upload it on YouTube will be great, thank you kindly..


Tuesday 29th of October 2019

Thanks for your kind words - I do have a youtube channel but not as yet uploaded any alterations onto it.

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