Intro: Marine Surplus Jacket to Sweet Hoodie
Have you ever look at one of those army jackets and thought "that would look totally sweet with a hood!" Well i have and i did something about it.
Step 1: Distressing the Jacket
Now I am simply giving you suggestions on what you can do to distress the jacket. OK the first thing that i did was to give the jacket a faded appearance by soaking it in a five gallon bucket filled about 3/4 of the way with water, with about 2 or 3 cups of bleach for an hour or two maybe even more depending on how faded you want your jacket to be (my jacket did not fade at all probably because the canvas that the jacket is made of is very strong. ****Disclaimer**** bleach can destroy your fabric and also your eyes if you put it directly on the fabric or you get too close to the fumes BE WARNED. Then i washed and dried the jacket, after that i took a jerky chew container (jerky chew you can get at pretty much every gas station for around a buck and a half, it is also WAY better than regular jerky), stuffing it in a pocket and sanding around the edges with a medium grit sand paper (third a fourth pictures) next i took my knife and scraped it perpendicular to the fabric so the serrated blade scraped of a layer of fabric at a time. I did this along the front edges and at the elbows and back bottom edge. Also, and this i do not have pictures for, i took this out to the back and beat it around with a bat and some chains and threw a couple of logs at it more or less only tiring myself out. Canvas is very strong.
Step 2: On to Making the Hood
We begin making the hood by listing materials:
@old t-shirt that you don't want or can't fit in
@a hoodie to trace the hood from
@and the previously distressed jacket
We begin by tracing the hood of one of your favorite hoodies onto the newspaper and cutting it out, it is important on this step that we note you should leave some room for the sewing so add an extra inch or so all the way around. then we iron both the pattern and the shirt so that we get a consistent cut. After that we pin the pattern to the shirt through both layers and cut it out LEAVING ROOM FOR THE SEWING. Thus leaving me shirtless sleeves.
Step 3: On to Making the Hood2
So then we have two halves of the hood we will now proceed to sewing them together, hopefully you left some room otherwise you will have a very small hood. So leaving the pattern on the two halves of your hood that should still be pinned together sew along the curved section of the cut which should be the back. now go iron the seam flat. We will then fold the front of the hood half an inch on the inside of the hood or the part you don't want to be seen and pin then sew along the inside edge. this leaves a nice tube so that you can insert a draw string although i myself detest them. your hood is now DONE!
Step 4: Attaching the Hood
Begin by pinning the bottom edge of the hood to the collar of the jacket--either on the inside or out. I chose the inside simply because i like the popped collar thing and a hood at the same time. as you can see in my picture i left the "tube" off the jacket so that it would not get sewn shut. Next we get on to the actual sewing. Sew the hood to the collar of the jacket. remove pins. Look stylish and cool.
Step 5: Additions
This is purely aesthetic, as I have removed the lower front pockets and sewn them back on as hoodie pockets-not too big but they still look cool. All i did was seam rip the pockets and cut out a semicircular piece from the corner and sew to the front middle corner. I drew a grenade from here and spray-painted it on the back with black(no pics yet). kudos to firemanfu and his Instructable here