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DIY College/Letterman jacket

How to turn a simple blouson into a trendy letterman jacket. Deigned by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
College/Letterman jacket
[DIY for COUCH magazine]
Did the college jackets lose their hype? Don’t think so. I think there is always a place for a cool college jacket in every season. The greatest thing about the sporty piece is that it’s so versatile.  In Fashion industry there are no rules about the color or form. Leather, spikes, lace… Everything is possible. Btw the first Letterman jackets were created for the best Harvard University players in 1865. 

So today I am sharing with you a great DIY project I’ve originally created for the German fashion magazine COUCH. Follow this this step by step tutorial and turn your simple blouson into a very cool Letterman jacket. 

How to turn a simple blouson into a trendy letterman jacket. Deigned by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
The issue 12/13-1/14 of the German lifestyle magazine COUCH with my DIY College jacket 

How to turn a simple blouson into a trendy letterman jacket. Deigned by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
You will need: simple blouson, 2 small zippers for pockets, 1 jacket zipper, matching threads and needle, appliqué, cotton fabric for the pockets, pencil, pins, scissors, ruler and of course your sewing machine…

How to turn a simple blouson into a trendy letterman jacket. Deigned by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
First mark the center front (CF) and the opening of the slash pockets as shown on the picture

How to turn a simple blouson into a trendy letterman jacket. Deigned by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
Cut along the pencil marks

How to turn a simple blouson into a trendy letterman jacket. Deigned by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
The ends of the pockets should have a Y-cut

How to turn a simple blouson into a trendy letterman jacket. Deigned by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
Now secure all seams with zigzag stitch

How to turn a simple blouson into a trendy letterman jacket. Deigned by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com

How to turn a simple blouson into a trendy letterman jacket. Deigned by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
Now attach your appliqué with the iron or sewing machine (depends on the type of your appliqué). You can create your own appliqué design by combining letters with figures. Usually the Lettermans have their appliqués on the right chest but you can put yours where every you think looks the best

How to turn a simple blouson into a trendy letterman jacket. Deigned by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
Pin the jacket zipper to the center front and sew along it with the zigzag stitch

How to turn a simple blouson into a trendy letterman jacket. Deigned by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
Now attach the zipper to the slash pocket with the  pins. Take your time. To make a slash pocket requirers some sewing skills. If you a newbie to the DIY world I would suggest you skip this part. If your want to learn how to make one HERE is a great site for tutorials.

How to turn a simple blouson into a trendy letterman jacket. Deigned by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
Sew on the zipper with the zigzag stitch

How to turn a simple blouson into a trendy letterman jacket. Deigned by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
Cut 2 half moons out of the cotton fabric. The pocket lining should be able to cover the opening. After your secured the lining with the pins sew along the edges with the regular stitch. Basically the lining will be attached to the garment. That means the  seam will be visible on the other side. So try to make a pretty stitch 🙂

How to turn a simple blouson into a trendy letterman jacket. Deigned by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com

How to turn a simple blouson into a trendy letterman jacket. Deigned by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com

How to turn a simple blouson into a trendy letterman jacket. Deigned by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com

Blouson: H&M/DIY
Skirt: H&M
Bow tie: DIY

Photo by David

Thanks for reading,
Xenia Kuhn
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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    19. March 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Wow ,Awesome

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    Anonymous
    13. June 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Awesome work! But I also love your bag. What's the label?

    • Reply
      NiaKunn
      13. June 2014 at 8:18 PM

      To be honest no label at all. I bought the bag for $10 in a little store in fashion district in nyc.

  • Reply
    Cathi
    4. October 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Such a great starting point! I love the quilting on the original shirt and the addition of the red zippers and patch are on point!!

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