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She's Crafty: New Buttons, New Jacket

She's Crafty: New Buttons, New Jacket

What to do when you have an old jacket that is still Fab, but has gone drab? No need to be dramatic and rid of it, just take another look and see how it can be revived. This was what I did with a 5-year-old DKNY olive green jacket. When I first got it, I wore it to death. Ever since, it has just sat in my closet, with old memories to keep it company. The reason I loved it so was because I realized an olive green jacket pretty much goes with everything. It can be utilitarian, sporty, chic, or just plain casual. The neutral hue works for both Summer and Winter, and it doesn't go out of style.

I knew my old faithful could be revived. What I love most about this jacket is these complex seams along the back and shoulders — I would never tire of those. So I started with the sleeves, and simply rolled them up, for a more distressed style. What really stood out as an eye sore was the drab buttons; these pale green medium sized buttons just camouflaged with the fabric. I thought if I simply changed the buttons — something even I know how to do — the jacket would be refreshed.

To see the process, and to read the rest of my jacket salvation story,

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  • The jacket has a slight safari feel, so I immediately thought tortoise buttons would be perfect. I adore the marbleized design of tortoise, and, like the jacket, I find it goes with a lot of colors and styles. This decision was made even before I got to the fabric store.
  • Britex Fabrics in San Francisco is awesome. They had oodles of tortoise buttons to choose from; it was not an easy choice. I ended up choosing a nice flat tortoise button. The grand total ended up being less than $10. But I was sure to bring the jacket with me, so the salesperson could see what size button I was looking for and so I could imagine the new look. Also, the jacket has four buttons, but I bought one extra in case my sewing skills ever fail me.
  • Thread. I needed an olive green that would match the jacket. After a quick visit to my parents house — my mom used to sew so she has like every color — I found the perfect little spool of olive green. I was almost ready to take on my project.
  • Tools. The only tools I needed were a needle and a seam ripper. If you don't already have a seam ripper, I suggest you get one. They come in handy for projects like this, sewing mishaps, and opening closed pockets.
  • Labor. One evening I went to work and surprisingly the jacket button switcharoo only took a half hour. It was easy to align the new buttons because there were already holes in place. I just started at the top, removed the old button and any residual thread, and sewed on the new button. You can really see the difference the button makeover made! New buttons, new jacket.
  • In times of a fashion recession, and with the holidays right around the corner, I know the financial bind many of you are in. By simply rejuvenating something you once loved, you can have a (semi) new piece of clothing. Never underestimate the big power of the little button.


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Allytta Allytta 7 years
xaxa, i always do that :) it's just hard to find lovely buttons that don't cost more than the jacket itself.
Fashion Fashion 7 years
Hey ladies - glad you like my idea. :) Kiki tee: I used the seam ripper to cut the thread on the old buttons and tweeze out the old string. Made the process a lot faster. xo
ElanaRobinson ElanaRobinson 7 years
this is pretty much a must-do for anyone trying to re-vamp a jacket. I especially love doing this to an inexpensive, plain cardigan.
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
very crafty!
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 7 years
I don't think the step by step explanation was really necessary, surely most people would already know the fundamentals involved in changing some buttons? :P I am curious to know why you needed a seam ripper though... :ponder:
booglass booglass 7 years
I do this all the time. I even use this trick to make faux-sailor pants! Works like a charm.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
great job!
emalove emalove 7 years
Awesome! And I love your star bracelet, Fab!
knicoleg knicoleg 7 years
Wow, so simple but it really brings that jacket back to life. Economical, too, this shopping in your own closet. I must try this. I'll hit up Britex this weekend! Wish y'all would do more SF shopping guides...
Michelann Michelann 7 years
My sister borrowed one of my favorite trench coats and it came back missing about six buttons. I found some really neat star-fish looking buttons (it's cooler than it sounds) to replace them and I love the coat even more now. Those cheap plastic buttons were no loss :). I'm thinking about doing this on more jackets and sweaters now!
Chelle_Belle Chelle_Belle 7 years
love this. i just did this to an 80s ungaro jacket i swiped from my mom's closet. you're looking fab as usual, Fab!
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
I'm a total ornate button whore, so I visit fabric stores and switch buttons quite regularly and as Vinnie said it's a great way to make a standard piece look unique and upscale.
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 7 years
please roll down the sleeves. please?
vinnie vinnie 7 years
i do this too. it's a great way to make a chain store piece look unique
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