Liberty Style Jacket from a Scarf

As I suspected, this jacket was constructed from one 37″ scarf.  I’ve drawn a few quick diagrams so you can see how it goes together.  I think this would be pretty easy to reproduce.  Keep in mind the size of the scarf, as this 37″ one fits about a 34″ bust, if tied with the two halves meeting.

I’m going to give simple directions, but I’m assuming you know the fundamentals of sewing – basics like right sides together to stitch seams, and things like that.

First, the cutting diagram:

Note that it is symmetrical.  Here are the measurements for a 37″ scarf.  You could adjust these depending on the size of your scarf.  And because the diagram is symmetrical, I only labeled one half of it.

Cut out the 5 pieces.  For the body, make two slits, 8″ as shown.  These will be the arm holes.

Take the two sleeve pieces.  As you see them on the diagram, they are up-side down, with the sides being between the ties and the extra piece.  Stitch the sides together to form each sleeve.  .

My jacket is hemmed along the front opening and along the bottom.  If you want to hem yours, do it now.

To make the shoulder seams, you will need to put 2 or 3 pleats in the front like this:

Then fold the front shoulder to the back shoulder and stitch on the wrong side.  Then stitch the sleeves into the armholes, placing the point on each piece at the shoulder .

Make the ties by stitching them on the long ends and turning them inside out.  Attach to front.  Slip-stitch the neckline to finish it.

And that should be it.   If anyone tries this, let me know how it goes.  I’m now on the prowl for the perfect scarf myself!

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12 responses to “Liberty Style Jacket from a Scarf

  1. Mei

    Now I’m having a moment… I forgot that I am a woman of size for a second there. :P I would need to size up for a 40″ bust. Do scarves GO that big?

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  2. Thanks for doing the work to discover how it was put together. I’m tempted to give this a go, too, although I’ll also be looking through my larger scarves!

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  3. Catherine

    wonderful! I never feel right wearing scarves the normal way but I love this jacket!I shall look at scarves in yet a different way again….thank you.

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  4. Laura

    What about panels? I would think one could modify a fabric panel to work for this. I’ve got a panel with a medallion in the center. I’ll have to lay a paper pattern over to see what would work…. I’ll need to think on this first!

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  5. This is so clever. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions, they really make the pattern layout and assembly very clear.

    I also think that a modification of this layout technique would be great for vintage table linens that can’t be used any longer. Wouldn’t an embroidered linen jacket be gorgeous for summer? And what about those lace table cloths you mentioned recently, isn’t this a neat idea for using damaged laces?

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  6. I love all the ideas! I think any square textile with a border could be used for the same effect. You could even adapt larger items with the insertion of a back seam. I think card table sized tablecloths would work really well – some of those brightly colored printed ones from the 40s. It would be easy to work around the little holes and stains these seem to always have.

    As always, make sure the textile you are cutting into is not valuable and important in its own right!

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  7. This. Is. Amazing. I’m in awe that you whipped out a pattern for this! I am bookmarking this page and making this a weekend project—soon!

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  8. Seriously, if anyone tries this, you must send some photos my way!

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  9. Hi from Karen in the UK. Just found your lovely blog whilst searching for clothing to make from vintage scarves. Adore this jacket and Liberty is one of my favourite shops ever. Have been out vintage treasure hunting this morning and found some pretty brooches including a French beaded butterfly, plus a 60s Sammy scarf and a strange pair of harem trousers in a fab orange print, possibly deco silk, need to research them a bit more. Will definitely keep reading your site, it is fab, bye for now.

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