Finding unique clothing with fashion details for back to school can get pricey. While shopping for my 12 year old niece, I wanted to get her something that appealed to her sporty, yet artistic style. I came across this beautiful blue jacket for $5.99 at Goodwill of Orange County and fell in love with the large collar and the bright color. The rest of it was a little ho-hum, so my imagination started running when my fingers ran across this gray cable knit sweater that was also $5.99. What a deal! It was so soft and I immediately knew I could combine the two pieces together somehow to make something as one-of-a-kind as my niece.
Here is what I did to refashion a sport jacket and plain cable knit sweater into a jacket with sweater sleeves & back ruffle.
- Blue Sport Jacket from Goodwill
- Gray Cable Knit Sweater from Goodwill
- White Henley T-Shirt from Goodwill
- Gray Thread
- Sewing Machine
- Straight Pins
Here is my plan:
Cut off the sleeves of the jacket leaving about a 1/2″ beyond the seam attached to the jacket part.
Cut off the sleeves of the sweater leaving about a 1/2″ beyond the seam attached to the sleeve part, cut off the neck trim right at the seam, and cut off the bottom trim leaving about a 1/2″ beyond the trim.
Cut the V part of the sweater neck trim to make it into one long piece.
Lay the sweater neck trim down the left side of the jacket zipper and pin down to sew.
Sew down the trim onto the jacket on both sides.
Lay the jacket with the zipper open and the inside down and begin the place the sweater bottom trim onto the back of the jacket.
Beginning at the side seams of the jacket, ruffle the sweater trim along the jacket bottom seam, pinning along the way.
Sew down the back ruffle.
Place the jacket with the outside down and bring the sweater arms to the arm openings to pin in place.
Pin all around the arm openings attaching the sweater arms.
Sew the sleeves onto the jacket and remove any excess fabric.
And, just like that, you get a jacket with great fashion details! Paired with a white Henley T-Shirt for $5.49 from Goodwill as well, this jacket is just right for my niece. It fits her personality and I am so proud to have her wear it.
Paired with her own white cords and blue flats, this jacket makes a very unique outfit for school and the fall season. And as Nicole with The Wardrobe Code says “But these are little, individual people, and they’re craving individuality.”
Although this look is all solid colors, the texture of the sweater combined with the smooth fabric jacket makes for an interesting piece.
And, as far as I am concerned, you just can’t go wrong with a ruffle. This gives a little feminine touch to the sporty cut of the jacket.
So there it is, from plain and simple to wow and fabulous! For a little under $18, my niece got a very fashionable look that rivals those found at a pricey boutique. All with shopping at Goodwill, and using a little imagination.
Did you know? Besides getting great deals on clothing, Goodwill has a mission of providing jobs in our own community for those who are facing barriers to get and keep jobs, which provides purpose, pride and dignity. Find out more by looking at their site at http://ocgoodwill.org/about-us/about-goodwill/goodwill-mission-vision-values.
Interior Designer at Janeane Pittman Interior Design