I bought an old  Zara herring bone jacket from a thrift shop. I love the shape but it is so dull that  I decided to embellished it.

A bit of embellishment can turn something drab into something fab

A bit of embellishment can turn something drab into something fab

 

You will need

Iron on Fusible webbing

Scraps of velvet

bias binding

Buttons

Needle and thread

Instructions

1. Remove the original buttons on the cuffs and replace them with some interesting ones.

exchange  boring buttons and add new ones

exchange boring buttons and add new ones

2. Add bias binding to the ends of the sleeves. This can be decorative like the one used here or just plain .

 

Add decorative bias to sleeves

Add decorative bias to sleeves

3. Iron fusible webbing onto the back of the velvet scraps. Cut out triangle shapes. Cut out pocket flap shapes and an odd shape to iron on to a sleeve. Peel off the backing  paper and place the triangular  velvet shapes down the back seam. Iron into position.

Iron the triangles down the back seam.

Iron the triangles down the back seam.

4. Sew with a double piece of cotton with running stitches to hold into place.

Tack round the edge of the triangle shapes

Tack round the edge of the triangle shapes

5. Repeat steps three and four with the other pieces of velvet. Add decorative buttons to the front edges of the jacket.

Top stitch all the velvet onto the jacket

Top stitch all the velvet onto the jacket

 

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