A couple of years ago, I was in a thrift shop, and I found an adorable pleather jacket that was only $10. It was a great shade of brown, it had a lot of cute zipper details … and it had really hideous puffed sleeves.
But I figured that I could fix the sleeves easily enough, and it was only $10. So I bought it.
And then it sat in my closet for about a year.
I finally decided that I’d fix the sleeves and then send the jacket to my sister for her birthday. (Which meant that I’d have a deadline to hit. Very important.) So I took off the sleeves, cut off all the extra fabric for the puffiness, and sewed them back on. And the jacket looked great. (You can see it here.)
But before I sent it, I noticed that some of the fabric on the upper back was ripping. And then I noticed that some of the fabric on the shoulders was ripping. Eventually, I realized that the fabric was old, and it was starting to disintegrate.
I was pretty sure that I wouldn’t be able to find an exact match for the fabric, so I decided to do a little rearranging. I took the sleeves back off, and I used that fabric to replace the stuff that was falling apart. Then, I bought new black pleather fabric and used it to make completely new sleeves.
| Jacket: Thrift store, upcycled by me | Shirt: LOFT Outlet, similar here (in 4 colors!) and here | Shorts: LOFT, similar — on sale for $10 | Shoes: Nine West via Ross, similar for $30 | Necklace: Target, similar for $10 |
| Black pleather fabric: JoAnn |
When I was at my parents’ house a few weeks ago, I really needed a jacket, and I found this one in Hannah’s closet. So I wore it (several times), and then I decided to bring it back to North Carolina with me. At least until she asks for it back. 🙂
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