How you can make a bolero jacket from a shawl

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How you can make a bolero jacket from a shawl
Making a bolero jacket gives new life to an old shawl. (Basket image by fotorumba from

A bolero jacket made from a shawl gives the wearer a slightly longer than average bolero jacket, and you can even leave the fringe on to give it a personal touch. A bolero jacket made from a shawl will also not be fitted, or snug, the way some bolero jackets are made. Use a wide, triangle-shaped shawl for this project. Look for either lace shawls with fringed edges or shawls made from soft, thick fabric for added warmth.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Shawl
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • 2 feet silk ribbon, 1//4 inch wide in a matching colour, or chain closure

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  1. 1

    Measure the arm span of the person who is going to wear the bolero jacket. Have the person hold their arms out and measure from the tips of the fingers on the right hand over to the tips of the left-hand fingers. This is the length you need for the long, flat edge of the shawl.

  2. 2

    Drape the shawl over the shoulders of the person planning to wear the jacket. Align the center back of the shawl with the centre of the wearer's back.

  3. 3

    Push the back of the shawl forward so it starts to wrap around the wearer's waist. Go almost to the front of the hips, and mark the sides with pins.

  4. 4

    Face the front of the wearer and straighten the front edges of the shawl so they hang straight up and down. Push the front ends toward the pinned sides, making a slight curve in front's opening edges. When the front has an attractive drape and curve, pin the front ends to the spots marked with pins on the sides.

  5. 5

    Remove the pinned shawl and sew a 3 inch line over the pinned area, beginning at the bottom edge of the shawl and going straight up toward the shoulder area.

  6. 6

    Have your model put the shawl/jacket back on, and mark each side of the front edge with pins, 2 inches back from the edge, right at the centre of the bustline. Place a second pin 1/2 inch above the first pin on each side. Have the model remove the shawl and set the sewing machine to make a buttonhole stitch. Make the buttonholes 1/2 inch long and vertical by sewing the area between the pins and stitching over each pinned area. Remove the pins if the sewing machine needle is hitting them.

  7. 7

    Slide the ribbon through the buttonholes and tie in a small bow knot when wearing the bolero jacket, or clip a chain closure into the button holes. Do not pull the front edges tight, the ribbon or chain is just to help with keeping the jacket from sliding around when moving.

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