How to Alter a Jacket

March is coming in like a lamb for all of us in Eastern Oregon. This is the time of year when jackets become a great transitional wardrobe piece. You can wear them with a lightweight sweater or T-shirt underneath, but a well-fitting, modern jacket can be elusive to find off the rack.


Instead of leaving that too-big jacket with the nice fabric in the dressing room, take it home instead. With a few simple changes, you can make it fit perfectly.


You can see the step-by-step photo instructions here.

To thank you for taking the time to check out this jacket alteration, I’d like to give away another copy of The Refashion Handbook to one of you who comments and pins.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to check out and share last week’s Snow Skirt article.


The winner of The Refashion Handbook is….

The Refashion Handbook

Linda Thornton. Send your address to me at and I’ll send it out to you ASAP.

I also want to thank all of you who have taken the time to write a 5 Star Review on The Refashion Handbook over at Amazon. If you’ve read the book and haven’t had a chance to write one yet, I’d really appreciate it. The mysterious and powerful Amazon algorithms love 5 Star Reviews and in turn promote the books with more reviews.

For more refashion inspiration:

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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38 Responses to How to Alter a Jacket

  1. Debby says:

    Love what you’ve done with the jacket. Thanks for a great give away!!

  2. Floy Heidenreich says:

    I like the shorter version. The fabric is lovely.

  3. noelleskaya says:

    I have browsed your book and would LOVE a copy! I’ve been garment sewing since I was a kid, but haven’t done much in the way of re-fashioning. 🙂 Thanks for all the great tutorials!

  4. Cindy McMurray says:

    Wonderful tutorial! I have a jacket I’ve been a little apprehensive to cut into and now that you’ve made the process look not so scary, I’m ready to dive in. Thank you!!!
    I’ve been eyeing your book for awhile so crossing my fingers!

  5. Ruth Lutz says:

    Hello Beth,
    Your creativity is so inspiring! I love light jackets, but rarely find one that fits the way it should. You’ve make the process of altering simple! Thanks for your great blog and all your fun ideas! (Pinned to my Refashion Board)
    Warm regards,
    Ruth Lutz

  6. Cindy says:

    Great refashion. Thanks!

  7. cadderly2 says:

    I love that jacket. Thanks so much for the refashion steps!!!

  8. Janet Carpenter says:

    I love jackets and yours is so pretty. In fact, I have a mauvy/light purple blazer that I like but it’s boring and a tiny too big. I’ve been trying to come up with ideas to jazz it up or at least make it less boring. However, as a refashioner my imagination lacks, it’s hard for me to think outside the box. I have a question though. When you resewed the shoulders what did you do with the collar and facing?

  9. Lori says:

    I am running to my car trunk to take back that jacket I was about to give to Goodwill. Thanks for the inspiration. Would love your book!

  10. Mother Deer says:

    Great tutorial, Beth. The instructions are complete and easy to understand. My problem is that I hardly ever find a cool jacket that is too LARGE…if you know what I mean 🙂 Any solutions for the awesome thrift store jacket that is too small?

  11. Norma says:

    I have several jackets that need altering. Thank you for the explanation.

  12. Denice says:

    Im still saving my money to get a copy of your book….
    I just love your work

  13. Susan Luke says:

    The updated version is perfect, especially for Spring! I absolutely love the color and texture of the fabric, what a great find! Once again, you’ve outdone yourself! Aren’t you just loving this “lamb” weather? I think we just might skip winter altogether this year!

  14. karen atlas says:

    Love your jacket! Will be a while for spring like temperatures here, lots of time to find just the right jacket to remake.

  15. Margie says:

    I have a couple of old jackets in my closet. Thanks for the inspiration. You always have good ideas! I pinned the jacket info.

  16. lizzy says:

    Pinned and commented (under the tutorial thread). What wonderful instructions that even a beginner like me could follow!

  17. Lori B. says:

    Pinned it! Your refashions are so inspiring 🙂

  18. Lu Ann says:

    I just pinned this article. It is so timely for me. I have a couple of jackets that I don’t wear because they just don’t fit right. Thank you so much for your tutorial. You are so generous to share your talent.

  19. L in NL says:

    Great idea! I will definitely look in my closet for a jacket to try this out on. PS: No need to put me in the running for your book; I was lucky to get a copy for Christmas!

  20. GlowWorm says:

    What a great tutorial!! I can’t wait to try it myself

  21. Fred Brand says:

    Very talented, I would love your book.

  22. Robin says:

    I see something new to try. I have never pulled up on the shoulders to re-size a jacket before. I’m trying this out tonight!

  23. Mary says:

    Great idea! Love the new shorter version! I tried your wool mittens made from and old sweater and they turned out great! Great giveaway

  24. Bran says:

    Super cute. 🙂

  25. You always make such cute jackets! I love this one!

  26. Jane says:

    I like to see what you and other bloggers do with repurposing and reusing. I frequent thrift stores to find things which are worth saving. Thanks for your inspirations and designs. I’m motivated to try some of the things you’ve done. I especially like the leather jacket with sweater sleeves.

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