This tute is actually very easy, despite the number of steps.
This was made from a old military shirt I found in a closet in the house. I found out it was my dad's, who was in the Air Force. Check your thrift stores or ask your friends if they have any old military issue type clothing just laying around. Military style is hot this fall season, and I feel very lucky to have scored this free find. I'm going to be wearing this all through the cold months.
Try on your find to check fit. Determine how long or short your want your jacket to be.
I wanted a shorter hem in the front and I wanted it to be curved. It suits my body shape best. Fold the jacket in half and draw your desired shape with tailor's chalk and cut with fabric scissors.
Fold the raw edge in 1/2 inch. Pin and press.
Hand or machine stitch.
Now fold again, and stitch as close to the edge as you can. No need to pin this time. Press with iron when finished.
The jacket was a little boxy, so I took it in on the sides. Try your shirt on again, inside out, and pin for best fit. With chalk, draw a curved shape where the pins were. Stitch on the curved line.
Check your work and see if you need to make any changes. Looks good! Now how to decorate this?
I found these dog collar chains in my stash. I got them from the dollar store! I used four, two on each side.
I also decided to use the scraps that I cut earlier. I drew and cut out circle shapes. Eight big and eight a little smaller. I frayed the edges a bit by throwing them in the wash since I just happened to be doing laundry. Pin them together with a safety pin so you can find them all after you wash them. I found some rivets and decided to use those to attach my circles.
Mark wear you want your chains to go.
Hand stitch in place with button and carpet thread.
Stack your circles, smaller on top of large.
Snip a small hole.
Place your rivet in the center.
Snip a small hole where you want your circles to go. Place rivet in hole.
With tools provided, hammer the rivet on the back side. Repeat for the other circles.
Done! Now rock that new jacket that cost you next to nothing!