Have an old jacket in need of a cosy re-work for the cooler months? This DIY is for you!
A shearling-lined denim jacket is a superb winter essential for guys and girls, owing it’s classic utilitarian vibes to a long history of workwear use. Niwa from our HQ team has been on the hunt for a shearling-lined jacket and we jumped at the chance to upcycle one of his old denim jackets with the recent arrival of our snuggly designer faux shearlings!
Fabric | Designer Faux Shearlings – Brown, Ginger and Ivory*
These chunky shearlings have so many great uses – from accents and collar linings on a bomber jacket or coat, to stand alone full-shearling garments such as a casual teddy coat or a snuggly jumper. For this DIY, we chose the Ivory colourway to match Niwa’s vintage blue denim jacket.
* Please note – these fabrics are available in our bricks and mortar stores only and are not available in the online store due to the bulkiness of the fabric.
DIY | We found a great DIY tutorial by WithWendy on Youtube for adding shearling lining to a denim jacket, which you can watch here. It’s a step-by-step guide with clear instructions and tips along the way!
This Youtube tutorial doesn’t explain how to trace off the denim jacket, but Wendy has another video on how to trace/ copy a garment onto pattern paper, which is super handy! We totally agree with Wendy that shearling is a very forgiving fabric to work with, so don’t worry if tracing off your jacket seems a little tricky.
For this project, we used 1m of tracing paper, which we stock in our stores, plus 90cm of shearling. We’d recommend mirroring off the back and collar pattern completely as the shearling will be too thick to cut on the fold.
Wendy suggests leaving a 2cm seam allowance, which seems like quite a lot, but it’s definitely easier to trim back any excess than not have enough fabric. It is also best to use a hearty sewing machine, as there are a few layers to sew through, but if your machine is a little too petite for this task, handsewing will work well too!
What a fun way to give a vintage jacket a super luxe revamp! Keep it casual like Niwa by pairing your shearling-lined jacket with pants and a tee or double up on denim like Annelise.
This would be an ideal DIY project for sewists of all levels, so if you give it a try don’t forget to share it with us on Instagram @wearethefabricstore using #thefabricstore.