The before pic before this before pic should really show my son on Halloween 2009, when he wore it as a zombie Army dude. We picked it out at an Army-Navy store, and I knew I'd be staking this one for my own eventually. 3 years later...
Sort of out of season for my northern hemisphere friends, given that summer is hot on our heels. But maybe some southern hemispherites can use it to adapt a lightweight, canvas jacket.
The jacket fit great across the back and in the shoulders, so I focused on taking in the sides and sleeves to give it a more feminine line.
- I took about an inch off of the width of the sleeves - straight marking, straight stitching. Kinda like debulking.
- I tapered the sides with a sort of hourglass-shaped stitchline that ran from the armhole to the bottom edge of the jacket.
- I added a vent opening on both sides of the jacket. It's about 5-1/2" long. See below. (Thanks for the vent terminology Betz!)
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To create a vent opening like this one, carefully take out the seam stitching in the desired length. (You may want to add a reinforced stitch where your seamripping comes to an end.) Press the seams so they lay flat. Stitch down one side, pivot, make a stitch or two at the top of your opening, pivot and stitch down the other side of the slit to finish it.
I'll be repurposing an old jersey sheet for my next project!
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J picked out this Airborne patch when we bought the jacket. I left it on there - reminds me of him!