Hello lovelies! I took a little trip to the Rose Bowl Swap Meet at the beginning of February, and got this awesome vintage sailor jacket from the US Navy. It was a big pullover-style wool coat, and although it's awesome as-is, I decided it would be a little more flattering if the front was open (like a coat). Here's how I did it:
(the finished product)
You will need:
A pullover jacket you want to cut into a coat!!
(not pictured) a sewing machine
(optional) good tunes!!!!: Junk Of The Heart - The Kooks
#1: Measure the middle point on the collar and on the hem, and connect the line with chalk.
#2: Cut the line you just drew; don't worry if it's not perfectly straight, you're going to cover it with bias tape!
#3: Measure the bias tape (I chose black to match the black of the jacket) so it covers the raw edge, plus a tiny bit more.
#4: Pin the tape around the raw edge.
#5: Sew down the bias tape twice in order to secure it.
#6: Repeat on the other raw edge. Now you have a super cool jacket that shows your super cool shirt/dress/whatever you're wearing underneath!
I love my jacket. It's so cool... it even has the name of the guy that owned it written on the tag! It's my own little piece of US history.