Updating a RTW Jacket

I don’t know about your workplace, but my office is chilly even in the heat waves this summer!


Most people in my office keep a sweater, jacket, or, I kid you not, blankets at their desks! I have this lightweight jacket that looks like a knit pea coat that I got at Target for about $20 several years ago. It’s a great little jacket that I can throw in an overnight bag or hang from the back of my chair and not worry about it.


I do have one complaint about it and that is the sleeve length.  Look how short they are! I mean for $20 I am not complaining loudly, but I also bought this before I learned to sew. Now I know I can do something about it!


This wool plaid is some leftover scrap that is about 10 inches long and as wide as the end of my sleeves.


So I just folded it in half, stitched up the side, and then folded it again, wrong sides together.


Here’s a photo of my helper cat.


The I pinned the raw edge right around the store made hem.


I stitched right over the original twin needle lines and then pulled out the new plaid cuff! So easy!


So in all it added about 3.5″ in length so maybe my hands can stay warm now.


Also, it just adds some really nice detail to a basic black jacket!





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