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want to hop on the band jacket trend but don't want to spend the money for a whole new piece? Add elements to a jacket you may already have in your closet!

Posted by carlyjcais from Portland, Oregon, United States • Published See carlyjcais's 60 projects »
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  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Band Jacket - Step 1
    Step 1

    1. Use a jacket that is a shorter length with a little mandarin collar or similar collar to what you want your final jacket. (A boxy shape and flimsy material for the jacket is best!)

  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Band Jacket - Step 2
    Step 2

    2. Pin under your hemline, using safety pins, to create that cutaway band jacket shape. Iron if you want to create a crisp, sharp edge.

  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Band Jacket - Step 3
    Step 3

    3. Pin shoulder pads inside the shoulders, using safety pins. (I used foam Dritz ones in Large that I got at my local Jo-Anns. Alternatively, you can rip them out of a jacket you already have - but you need them big to create that strong structured shoulder, so double them up if you can!)

  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Band Jacket - Step 4
    Step 4

    4. Sew decorative trim onto the front of you jacket in scalloped curliques. (I just used matching thread and long basting stitches. This took awhile, but wasn't very difficult.)

  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Band Jacket - Step 5
    Step 5

    The trim curlicues placed on the outside.

  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Band Jacket - Step 6
    Step 6

    5. Optional: If you want, to create more of a "couture-looking" line below the shoulder, take in the sleeve in the upper arm area a little. (By sewing a line inside the sleeve seam line in the upper arm area.) This will make your shoulder pads "pop out" and give it that Balmain-look. Ideally speaking.:-)

    PLUS, once you get tired of the look, remove your safety pins and shoulder pads, cut your basting stitches, re-iron your hem and your jacket is back to the way it was! *sigh* Multiple options in the same garment are just so, so lovely.

    Happy DIY'ing!
    xoxox
    Carly J. Cais

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xXSaint.Aida7Xx
xXSaint.Aida7Xx · 1 project
LOVE!!!!
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Supernova's Child
Supernova's Child · Lisbon, Lisbon, PT · 98 projects
I own a jacket that looks exactly like this, except that I bought mine for 50 dollars, on sale. Yours looks just as good, if not better. Kudos.
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Belle
Belle · Waikanae, Wellington, NZ · 1 project
Wow. That is one cool jacket.
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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
@Abbeysaurusrex: LOL! Not sure if that's a good or bad thing, tho...;-)
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† Wayward Deer †
† Wayward Deer † · Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US · 7 projects
it reminds me of the jackets that are worn in the black parade music video
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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
You're so right EVEnl! It's a great way to put your personal stamp on something...and this trend looks like it's slowly petering out anyway...so why not spend just a few dollars on some nice trims/buttons instead of $40+ for a whole new jacket!
Thanks for your comment!
xoxox
Carly
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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
So glad Kata B.! Saving money is always in style!Happy
xoxox
Carly
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Kata B.
Kata B. · Csömör, Pest County, HU · 24 projects
wow! Your projects are amazing!!! Happy You helped me (and saved me) a lot Happy
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C.T.
C.T. · New York, New York, US · 5 projects
this would be great for a sergeant pepper costume ;D
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EVEnl
EVEnl · Schipluiden, South Holland, NL · 316 projects
Those jackets really are awesome! Making your own truly is the solution coz' everyone is wearing the one from H&M and simply buying it will never make your look unique.
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