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How To Shorten a Jacket with a Separating Zipper...

Without taking it out of the jacket and sewing it back in!

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1. Mark how short you want the jacket to be.
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2. Cut the jacket an lower than where you marked if you plan to hem. If the edge will be raw, then cut where you marked.
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3. Use side cutters to carefully pry zipper teeth off of the zipper tape 3/8" above your mark.
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4. Apply Fray Check to the exposed zipper tape and let it dry completely.
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5. Find a new zipper box and zipper pin to match the original size.
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6. Trim any fray edges so the new pieces can attach smoothly.
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7. Add new zipper box and pin in the same way it was originally.
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8. Use the pliers to close the new zipper pin to the zipper tape.
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9. Put the new zipper box on as well.
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10. Test the new zipper parts to make sure they work.
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11. Cut excess zipper tape.

Of course I had to style my new cropped denim jacket for you! Btw- I thrifted these jeans and took them in using the crossover method. (Tutorial here).

Looking for outfit ideas and shopping retail can be disappointing no matter whether you're plus size, tall, or petite. Remake your old clothes to be just as fun as you! Upcycling thrifted clothes to fit your size and personality is the epitome of designer sustainable fashion. Learn to sew or make trendy no-sew thrift flips with me, Angelina. Join my crew of refashion renegades on YouTube!


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