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Make one of the hottest trends this season from old military finds!
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.

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  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Military Jacket - Step 1
    Step 1

    Try on your find to check fit. Determine how long or short your want your jacket to be.

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

    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.

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

    Fold the raw edge in 1/2 inch. Pin and press.

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

    Hand or machine stitch.

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

    Now fold again, and stitch as close to the edge as you can. No need to pin this time. Press with iron when finished.

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

    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.

  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Military Jacket - Step 7
    Step 7

    Check your work and see if you need to make any changes. Looks good! Now how to decorate this?

  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Military Jacket - Step 8
    Step 8

    I found these dog collar chains in my stash. I got them from the dollar store! I used four, two on each side.

  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Military Jacket - Step 9
    Step 9

    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.

  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Military Jacket - Step 10
    Step 10

    Mark wear you want your chains to go.

  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Military Jacket - Step 11
    Step 11

    Hand stitch in place with button and carpet thread.

  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Military Jacket - Step 12
    Step 12

    Stack your circles, smaller on top of large.

  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Military Jacket - Step 13
    Step 13

    Snip a small hole.

  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Military Jacket - Step 14
    Step 14

    Place your rivet in the center.

  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Military Jacket - Step 15
    Step 15

    Snip a small hole where you want your circles to go. Place rivet in hole.

  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Military Jacket - Step 16
    Step 16

    With tools provided, hammer the rivet on the back side. Repeat for the other circles.

  • How to make a blazer / suit. Diy Military Jacket - Step 17
    Step 17

    Done! Now rock that new jacket that cost you next to nothing!

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Demonymphetamine
Demonymphetamine · Turmero, Aragua, VE · 49 projects
FANTASTIC IMAGINATION I LOVE THE CHAINS!
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Joi A.
Joi A. · 5 projects
Chuckee,
How did your chains get confiscated?
Yep! At the dollar store. I have to get them while there in cause they go fast!
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Chuckee
Chuckee · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 14 projects
DUDE!
This is the best!
Well, not the best, but definitely snazzy!

Did you honestly find dog chains at a dollar store? Mine were confiscated. Apparently, they're unladylike
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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
Thanks for your comment on my blog, Joi!
We must be thinking along the same lines when it comes to Army Chic...
And I LOVE the embellishments on your jacket!
xoxo
Carly
www.chic-steals.com
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DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
Awesome! I love it.
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Juliet Vickio
Juliet Vickio · Houston, Texas, US · 6 projects
Wow! Smart! Me and my sister love the military styles coming in, and this was actually a really simple how-to Happy Reminds me of every little thing I should do! Happy!
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FrolleinKram
FrolleinKram · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 132 projects
Neat!!!
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