Friday, 27 July 2012

DIY Leather Sleeved Parka Jacket




This DIY was inspired by the legendary Zara jacket - the khaki parka with leather sleeves, which is now sold out everywhere. These jackets are going for around £200 on eBay right now so I thought I'd make one and save some money. My own version, including all the materials used, costs under £10!
This Friday I'll be showing you how you can make your very own. The steps are simple but the sewing can be  a little tricky.



Fabric Scissors
Needle and Thread 
Pins 
Sewing Machine 
Faux Leather Jacket
Khaki Parka

I purchased both of my jackets on eBay for a few pounds each. They're originally New Look jackets and both in good condition. I didn't want to spend a lot of money and end up ruining two brand new jackets so spend wisely. Charity or vintage shops are also great for finding bargains. Or you can dig out an old coat from your wardrobe and spice it up.


Start by cutting off the sleeves. Leave one inch extra after the seam on the parka and one inch extra before the seam on the leather jacket. This is important for when it comes to sewing the jackets together.
Discard the khaki sleeves and the leather body (save these items for a future project!)


We're going to attach the leather sleeves to the parka. It's best to buy two jackets in the same size and hope that the sleeves match up fairly well. Turn your jacket and sleeves inside out. Then match up the sleeve to the arm hole and pin, right sides together. You need to pinch together and pin your material all the way around.


Before heading to the sewing machine it's best to make a tack stitch. This is a quick hand stitch following the pins to secure the material together. Use a thread that will stand out (such as white) to make it easier when it comes to using the sewing machine.
On the machine, using black thread, sew the sleeves to the parka - following your white tack stitches. You can do two lines of machine stitching for extra security if you like. Remove white tack stitches and turn your jacket the right side out!


And it's complete! I won't lie, this isn't an easy sewing job and a few times I was ready to give up and throw it all in the bin. The lining of the leather sleeves made it trickier and my finished jacket is not perfect. I still like the end result and for such a bargain price who can argue with a few dodgy seams!

I posted an outfit of the day including this jacket yesterday - so if you'd like to see the rest of the outfit photos click here for that blog post.


x


*For more DIYs from me, visit the 'DIY Fridays' tab at the top of the homepage.



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27 comments

  1. oh it is such a lovely jacket! great effort!



    - ordaining serendipity

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  2. such a brilliant and money saving idea! it looks really effective!
    another great DIY!
    smozzy
    xxx
    http://youonlyliveonceenjoyit.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. Such an easy way to achieve the look!

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  4. Even if it isn't easy your tutorial is definitely extremely helpful! It looks really great, just like the real thing :) x

    http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Excellent post!! This is so helpful! Thank you so much :)
    xoxo
    http://fashionable-addict.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. What a brilliant idea! Your DIYs are always fantastic, I'll be trying this out!

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  7. Loved this! As always your DIYs are just amazing! xxx

    http://so-phee-ah.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Can't believe this is a DIY - it looks amazing! Really creative :) xx

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  9. It looks fab! And a great saving on the Zara one! Love your DIYs!

    www.littlekjf.blogspot.com

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  10. this looks AMAZING! Your DIY's are always spot on, this doesn't even look like a DIY! I saw in Zara yesterday they are now selling a reverse version with khaki sleeves and a leather body but I much prefer the original!

    serenarubywoo.blogspot.com

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  11. That is such a good idea!! Your DIY Friday are always great! :) xx

    http://littleefaelin.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. This is so good, Topshop have now brought a version out as well!xx

    http://lockedupinfashion.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. I've just come across your blog & think it's fab. love the outfit posts and especially the DIY features.

    Looking forward to reading more :)

    Mel x
    http://www.mediamarmalade.com/

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  15. possibly one of the best DIY's I've seen.. you've inspired me to attempt this myself!

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  16. OMG after lookin at dis DIY project I soo terribly regret buying the original jacket

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  17. I really enjoy your DIY ideas. I happened across this one today and thought i'd pass it on*. It's a skirt made fom a child's star wars duvet cover which i thought was a really quirky idea. Look forward to seeing more of your designs :-)

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  18. These Cheap Leather Jackets are really awesome.as i am living in australia and i like bike riding i wish i could buy these leather jackets.Is here any possibility to buy these stuff..Kindly email me the procedure.

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  19. These Cheap Leather Jackets are really awesome.as i am living in australia and i like bike riding i wish i could buy these leather jackets.Is here any possibility to buy these stuff..Kindly email me the procedure.

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  20. Love your DIY ideas, but I'm not quite as creative as you! I got a really similar one to the Zara one from ebay - I sometimes worry what the quality may be like when buying from eBay but this jacket is amaze! Haven't taken it off since I bought it!

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Military-Khaki-Green-Zaragoza-Jacket-Parka-Mac-Coat-Black-Faux-Leather-Sleeves-/140850162622?pt=UK_Women_s_Coats_Jackets&var=&hash=item20cb52ebbe



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  21. This is so creative!! :) I love it! And your blog too :D

    I'm following you now xxx

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  22. Even if it isn't easy your tutorial is definitely extremely helpful! It looks really great, just like the real thing :) x
    ladies parka

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