I Transformed This $4 Jacket Into This!


I feel like he’s like watching me right
now. Now there’s two things that I hate, long intros and how this jacket looks on
me. I’m SD and luckily I’ve got control over both of those things let’s do this. Man
this jacket it looks and feels so much better in every way possible! But how did
we even get here? I’ve got my jacket pinned up exactly where I want it to be
these pins on the side right here? These come in to 1 1/4 of an inch. And
the pins that I have on my sleeve? These come in to 1 inch. And when I
get down to the cuff down here? This last pin right here this is actually about
3/4 of an inch because I want to make sure that I taper this seam out to the
cuff perfectly. If I don’t do that if I make way too drastic of a cut and then
kind of come in to the cuff like that? What’s gonna happen is I’m gonna flip
this jacket right side in and it’s gonna look stupid it’s gonna look ridiculous.
Don’t do it I’ve done it. And I am using sewing pins. Yes, you can use safety pins
if you want to but you need to replace them with sewing pins. You need to
replace them because it’s next to impossible if not 100% impossible to
take out a safety pin when you are actually tailoring this thing on a
sewing machine. Just don’t do it I’ve I’ve done it it’s not worth it. Now we uhh, we
have a huge massive problem with this jacket that like 90% of you are not
going to run into. But for the 10% of you that will this is for you. And it has to
do with this this pocket right here. I had to take so much off of this jacket
that this new seam is gonna come right up close to our pocket. Which means that
this pocket it’s gonna shift to the outside a little bit. 110 percent of the
time nobody will notice it unless you point it out to them. It’s fine, like
it’s not a big deal at all. But that being said you’re gonna notice
it you’re gonna be aware of it. Not a big deal at all. I mean for a four
dollar jacket at Target oh well. And now uhh, now it’s now it’s time to so this bad
boy right? No no! Not yet! We got to do the flex test first. Oh? What’s that?
Hey SD. I don’t know what the flex test is. Now you can’t just measure and pin
something and then just stand there like a goon and be like “yup it fits, I like it”.
No don’t do that! You got to get out there and bend and move and stretch and
do things in that jacket that you would normally do to see if you actually like
to fit. Now uhh, now does this jacket past the flex test? Let’s see. Hey look at that!
It passed! Pretty surprising for a four dollar jacket huh? Now we got to flip it
inside out we got to put our pins back in there. And now we’re actually gonna
sew it. So what kind of needle are we gonna use? Oh you’re gonna use a denim
needle. Why? Because despite the fact that this
jacket isn’t technically denim it’s really thick so it’s gonna be able to
like you know go just fine. So what kind of thread are we gonna use? Oh you’re
gonna use polyester thread. Why? Because despite the fact that like cotton thread
might be more comfortable in this, it’s not gonna be able to move and bend and
stretch with you like polyester thread would. Good job! Let’s do this! Okay so
we’ve got our machine all set up the way that we need it to be we’ve got our
stitch tension adjusted. We’re just gonna do a normal straight stitch. We’ve got
our machine adjusted to that so let’s let’s do that. We’re gonna start by
locking in our stitch by making a back stitch. And now we’re gonna sew like we
normally do but just go as slow as you need to, because this is a thicker
material and your machine might not be up to it. And if it’s not it’s it’s gonna
let you know. It’s gonna start going like Not really that bad but you get the idea. So start off
slow and then just kind of work your way into it. And we’re going right next to
these pockets right here. I even could have taken in maybe about two inches on
the side here. So let’s say I were to go back and try it on and I’m still not
really that happy with the fit. let’s say I could have you know made it a little
bit more slim or more tight I know that I’ve got another three quarters of an
inch to work with on this side if I need to. Oh no it happened! This happens
sometimes my thread broke. It is what it is, you’re gonna run into issues like that
there’s some certain reasons as to why that could happen. There’s like three
main reasons, one of the biggest ones being that you’re not using the right
needle with the right thread. Which in this case it’s okay but is what it is.
Let’s just keep going. Actually the reason why it happened this time is cuz
there’s a little notch on your thread here that holds your thread in place and
it ended up getting caught on that notch right there. Which that’s never happened
before that has never happened in the like 100 things that I’ve tailored but
is what it is. You live and you learn and you move on. If your thread ends up
breaking the only thing you do is just pick up right where you left off. Line
your machine up around where it broke off, and then just kind of start over
like you’re doing or like you would at the beginning. So we’re gonna start off by
giving it a back stitch. Go back a few and then just go forward like it never
happened. Boom capiche! Okay you can play outside
with them. You have 15 minutes okay? Alright. What? Go out the front door. What?
Okay fine. Go ahead. So we’re at the seam that runs right underneath our armpit
and these seams are kind of fixed so they can be tough to go over. So you want
to go really slow. And what you can actually do if your presser foot has a
hard time going over it, you can just lift it up just like this and keep going
real slow. And then as soon as you’re over it push it back down again. And now
we’re gonna go straight through to the arm here. And now we’re getting to this
last pin that’s on our sleeve and this is the pin that we want to make sure
that we taper out all the way back to the cuff. Because well if we don’t do
that then it’s gonna have a stupid looking dimple and it’s just
be dumb. So what I’m gonna do is I’m actually gonna take this pin out right
now instead of waiting. And I’m gonna just kind of eyeball it you’ll once you
get this down you’ll get used to kind of eyeballing things and you’ll have a feel
a pretty good knowledge as to whether or not you’re doing it right or you’re
doing it wrong. So we’re just gonna taper all the way out here. And now we just we
just do the exact same thing to to the other side. BOOM! That right there is what
we are left with. So what we did is we just put a new straight stitch right on
this guy. So this is our old one obviously this is our old seam and our
new seam runs right along right here. And I ended up kind of tapering in a little
bit. It’s gonna be okay it’s not gonna be a huge deal. But it goes in by about a
sixteenth of an inch here, as opposed to down here not a big deal at all. It
happens sometimes you would never in a million years notice it. If I didn’t
point it out to you. Now this is right here, this is where our thread ended up
breaking and people will a lot of times panic when that happens. They’re like “oh
my gosh what did I do I completely ruined it?!” No, it’s like I
said you just have to you know kind of start up here like you did down here.
This? You don’t even really notice it. You can see the back stitching a little bit
but that’s about it. And we went up and we tapered excuse me we didn’t taper we
just kept sewing all the way through. Through the sleeve all the way down to
the end of the cuff right here. And this is the part where we would normally
finish our seam with the zig-zag stitch. If you don’t know how to make a zig-zag
stitch what that is it’s just a zigzag what we do is we’d cut this, and we put a
zig-zag stitch right over the edge so that it doesn’t fray. And I made a whole
video on it it’s probably right there right there never
remember which side cars pop out on. If you want to know how to make a zig-zag
stitch go watch that. But we’re gonna change it up we’re gonna do something
different. I always use a zig zag stitch! I’m getting tired of always using a zig
zag stitch! So we’re gonna use this. Boom! See that? But wait SD that’s just a
pair of scissors. No. That’s a pair of scissors.
Those aren’t scissors those are pinking shears. And what these do is they they
cut a zigzag stitch pattern in our garment for us it’s amazing. And it’s so
easy we’re gonna use those on this seam and it’s gonna be great. It’s not gonna
fray it’s gonna save us a ton of time we don’t have to put a zig zags on here. So
let’s go ahead and let’s do that. I’m gonna end up making a nice tutorial for
you guys on on pinking shears. Now I got these at Jo Ann Fabrics they were like
16 bucks I want to say? Something like that? And they had a couple of other
different ones there that man there was a pair by Fiskars that was like 40
dollars. I’m like “nobody got time for that! I’m a single dad I’m not spending $40 on
pinking shears.” Now this right here we’re at the seam that runs underneath our
armpit. It’s kind of tough cutting it I mean it’s I’m putting a lot of pressure
on there and it’s really just it’s kind of struggling. But it’s you kind of work
it we’re through it’s good so you might get some resistance, it might be kind of
difficult but you just gotta kind of like everything in life just push
through it I guess. Or just drink a lot. And now our seam is finished, we put a
nice sized zigzag pattern on there. You can see all of this all that nonsense
going up here. All the you know straight stuff that came off of our jacket but
that’s okay. What would be a good idea in the event that this happens is I would
wash it by itself if I were you. Just kind of wash it alone so that you can
get rid of any excess nonsense and then you’re good. You can wear it. This and
you’re good it’s not gonna fray it’s it’s really awesome. And if it does it
was four dollars! And then you just do the same thing on the other side. And
another question that I know that I’m gonna get in the comments is you want to
leave yourself five eighths of a seam allowance, which is about three quarters
of an inch, someone do the math for me let me know. And if you leave too much
fabric on here? Not a big deal. If you don’t leave enough fabric on here? Not a
big deal. The only difference is if you don’t leave enough fabric on here you
might not have enough room for a zig-zag stitch if you want to make one. Boom!
that’s all there is to it! Umm I just realized that the front door is locked
and my daughter closed the garage door to go ride her bike. So I’m gonna go
unlock the door for her so she doesn’t get locked outside. That’s all I got for
you, SD out, deuces!

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