Upcycling for Beginners: Men's Jacket to Mini Skirt Suit | Olesia Les | Skillshare

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Upcycling for Beginners: Men's Jacket to Mini Skirt Suit

teacher avatar Olesia Les, Fashion Designer

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Intro + Project Overview

    • 2. What You'll Need

    • 3. Measurements

    • 4. Marking the Cut Line

    • 5. Cutting the Jacket

    • 6. Pinning Down the Cut Edges

    • 7. Cutting Off the Old Buttons

    • 8. Finishing the Cut Edges With Bias Tape

    • 9. Forming the Back Pleat of the Skirt

    • 10. Sewing the Back Pleat of the Skirt

    • 11. Sewing on the Snap

    • 12. Sewing on the Buttons

    • 13. Styling Ideas + Outro

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About This Class

This is the second class of the “Upcycling for Beginners” series hosted by Fashion Designer with Master's degree in Fashion Engineering, Olesia Les.

In this class you’ll learn how to easily upcycle an old men's jacket to a sexy mini skirt suit. Together we’ll go through the processes of selecting the right jacket, ripping it apart, preparing all of the parts for the mini skirt suit, sewing and finishing the garment. Along the way you’ll get lots of useful tips and tricks of how to speed up the whole process and improve the quality at the same time!

To complete this project, you should have an understanding of some basic sewing principles and a basic knowledge of how to make a straight seam with a sewing machine. That's it!

I bet you never knew it’s so easy to create your own fashion at home!

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You can find out more about Olesia's work @Olesia.Les.Design and check out short upcycling videos on her TikTok

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Olesia Les

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Hello, my name's Olesia and I'm here to share my passion for fashion design with you. 

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1. Intro + Project Overview: The fashion industry doesn't want you to know this, but you can make your own fashion at home. And you won't even need to buy any fabrics. There is no need to give on y and these fast fashion products, when you close it, the School of materials and tools to create something of your own. In this class, I'll show you how to create this miniskirts viewed from a man's jacket. You have probably already seen something similar on social media because people are loving it. But I bet you never knew. It's so easy to make one yourself. As always, you will learn how to make this garment from a to Z. And along the way, I'll do my best to give you useful tips on all things Fashion Design. My name is less than S, and I will show you how to look amazing and save the planet. At the same time. Today we're going to make the super fashionable suit that is being worn even by superstars like Coke or ocean. The best part is, you won't believe how easy it is to make one. It's made out of an old man's jacket. The sheet consists of a crop jacket and a mini skirt that overlaps in front and has an inverted box bleed at the back. Inside there is a metal smith that fixes the inner edge. The suit is decorated with metal buttons, with some of them are functional. 2. What You'll Need: For this project, you need one man's jacket. It needs to be large enough so that we could make a skirt out of the bottom part, but not too large so that the shoulder line would not be too wide. You can find the whole process of selecting the right jacket explained on my upcycling for beginners, men's jacket to jumper dress course. To be brief, the composition and the level of where are the two most important aspects. Next, you will need scissors, a tape measure, a needle to teach on the buttons. One spool of thread that matches the color of the jacket, some bias tape. The safest option is to get the color that meshes where jacket. But as usual, I like unexpected that barely visible accents. So I'll choose a patent one. You'll also need some metal buttons. The amount depends on how dense you want them to be. I picked 151 metal snap will be used to fixate the inner edge. A truly indispensable to for every designer pins, small scissors to tear off the old buttons. And last but not least, tailor shop, make sure you have the one that disappears. 3. Measurements: The only measurement you'll need is your waistline and then that will be only used to double-check. Honestly, you can just put on the garment during the protests and check it that way. 4. Marking the Cut Line: If you already have the jacket selected and you've checked, if it's the right size, it's made from wood fabric, has no visible where and most importantly, you like how it looks. It's time to get this upcycling party started. First of all, you'll have to mark the cut line which will divide the jacket into two parts of the shoot. Make sure that the front part so a straight and check if the bottom edges align. As you've probably noticed, we did not start with theory Nova buttons. And that's because we need them to help us align the front parts of a jacket. Starting from the bottom edge, mark the preferred length of her skirt. In my case, it's 40 centimeters. Pro tip. If you chose the length and the cartridge would be really close to the buttonhole. Just got a tiny bit higher because you'll need some space to finish rich with bias states. My advice would be to get around two centimeters above the buttonhole. 5. Cutting the Jacket: Before cutting VGA given half, don't forget to bring all the layers down on both sides of the line. That way we stabilize the layers and avoid some layer shift and inaccuracy is during the cutting. After you've done that, just go ahead and cut the jacket. Okay. 6. Pinning Down the Cut Edges: Now we have two separate parts of our sued, the future com jacket and the futures curve. Remove all the pins and pin down, all the cut edges individually. We need to do that so that the main fabric and the lining will stay together and would not sleep or slide while finishing the edge with a bias tape. Hi. 7. Cutting Off the Old Buttons: When you are done with a garden and all of the bars are stabilized with events. We can now cut off the old buttons. We don't need them anymore and they can actually get in the way during our next steps. Make sure to remove the buttons both from a front end, this leaves of the jacket. We will replace them with a new metal ones later on. Okay. Hi. 8. Finishing the Cut Edges With Bias Tape: To make the edges of the skirt and a jacket nice and tidy bias tape will be used. We will use it in a way that the bi-stable be invisible from the outside. Take the skirt and put it down, good side facing up. Unfold one side of a bias tape and put it on the skirts cut edge so that the bias tape would surpass whiskers edge by around one centimeter. Now pin it down. If you are not very experienced, you can pin down the bias tape throughout the whole length. I'm only gonna have been very beginning. Now put this current down, lower the needle and make a swim straight across the tape fold line that's around half centimeter from the edge. And assessment. Next, you will need to make one more scene, folding then of the bias tape and then the whole bias tape itself. This time, I'm going to also be knee down throughout. When you are done with Benin, but you can start to miss him, should be as close to the edge as possible. But most importantly, you should maintain the same width as this seemed. Everyone. Usually I make the same around one millimeter from the edge. So now I on every fanout so we can repeat the same process for the cut edge of a grub jacket. Hi. Hi. 9. Forming the Back Pleat of the Skirt: The jacket is basically finished. You only have to stitch on the buttons. On the other hand, the skirt needs some more work done, will have to determine the overlap of a front elements and the depth of a bag pleats. To do that, labor skirts like other loved the front parts in a way that there is no slit left in them down. Next, put the skirt on the side in a way that the phone line would follow the central line. Measure the width of a top edge and subtract half of your waist measurement from it. For example, if you waste the 70 centimeters, subtract 35, mark the calculated length from the back center line. That is the excess which will be formed into bleeds. Fixate displays with one pin. Since you're in the fitting, you might have to adjust it. You can now go to the mirror tray down and ingested to your actual body. You've probably noticed that one side of a skirt was shifted during the project overview. It has to be done to fund the trapeze suit of the skirt and that we would not have to make the waist doubts. When you've adjusted the skirt to your body shape, take the tellers chalk and mark the place of a front edge and the death of a backlinks. After taking on the skirt A-line that bleed margins with the back center seam and been everything down. Okay. 10. Sewing the Back Pleat of the Skirt: Secure the police with two seams. One will around two millimeters from the scourge stoppage. And the hour we'll go straight through existing theme of a biased state. That way that leaves will firmly stay in place and won't deform. After making the seams iron ever fanout pro tip. Don't iron replete throughout the whole length because it will form around you. But so just iron the part where they are. 11. Sewing on the Snap: All that's left now is to teach on the metals map and the buttons for the snap mark, any place along the side of the inner part, close to the edge and stitch on one side of the snap, stick in the needle through all of the layers. After that, just a lambda from parts according to the margins you've made previously, marked Laplace of a snap and stitch it on without getting the good side of a fabric. Okay. 12. Sewing on the Buttons: Final step is to sue on the buttons. Take this good and check it in. The front elements are aligned according to the margins. Then mark the button places through existing button pose. One declarative button will go straight in between the two button host. So you should mark that place also. Now take the jacket mark 36, nine centimeters from the end of this leaves two centimeters from the CMB. As for the phone, buttons, will go along the lateral side. Second the buttons for centimeters from one another. The bottommost button should be free centimeters from the bottom edge of a jacket. Now just a few on the buttons everywhere where that white markings of the joke is still the same. Hello. 13. Styling Ideas + Outro: Finally, you can try on your new extremely fashionable suit and played without headsets. This youth is very versatile. You can wear it all year long, known whether the season, you can also easily layer it and combined with other close. Don't forget to post images of your finished use in the project section. I hope that this course was clear, helpful, and easy to follow. If you have any questions or remarks, make sure to post them in the discussion section below. If you found any value in this class, please leave a review. It helps other people discover it too. You can follow me on TikTok, I push sure that cyclin videos there. And if you see something you would like to make for yourself, just let me know and I will make a full course on that. And that's it for today. Stay creative and see you soon in my next upcycling video.