August 8th, 2012

Hello everyone! I hope you are all well. I want to share with you a little DIY project that I did recently. I had a great little Zara jacket that I wanted to play with and the Chanel backless jacket that Miroslava Duma wore inspired the project. I couldn’t stop thinking about how much I love the look of a tweed jacket with an open back. I took a little risk and went into my closet looking for a piece I could cut to create this look. I thought my Zara jacket would be fun to turn into a back-less number. You always can look for a vintage tweed jacket for this DIY project. Have a great day everyone!! xo Nini



Step 1: Get your supplies: some pins, a ruler or tape measure and chalk or a light colored high-lighter, needle and some threads.

Step 2: Decide on how much you want to cut off. If you see yourself wearing the jacket with low waisted pants, it should cut below the waist. I wanted the jacket just above my waist for outfits with high-waisted skirts or shorts.

Step 3: Pin it. I always concentrate on making sure all the seams are even and after double checking, I cut.

Step 4: Sewing the seams. You can hand-stitch the seam back yourself or sew it with a sewing machine. You can have the option of a clean finish hem or let them distressed


After with raw hem

After with finished hem

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  1. August 8th, 2012 at 19:51 | #1

    fantastic piece!


  2. August 8th, 2012 at 21:39 | #2

    Great idea! I’ve been look for a backless jacket too. I love how vibrant this piece is too :)

  3. August 8th, 2012 at 21:59 | #3

    I like your version better than the inspiration. Personally, the backless jacket isn’t for me, but on a side note, I like the way your closet is organized.

  4. August 8th, 2012 at 23:03 | #4

    That’s an awesome DIY, Ni!
    Great job!


  5. August 8th, 2012 at 23:24 | #5

    i love yellow, your jumpsuit and your necklace!

  6. August 9th, 2012 at 04:44 | #6

    Wow, you are so cool and creative, love everything!!!
    Check out my new post:)

  7. August 9th, 2012 at 06:38 | #7
  8. August 9th, 2012 at 07:03 | #8

    Noooooo…. It’s terrible… I loved the jacket – DIY failure :-(

  9. August 9th, 2012 at 07:09 | #9

    Nini, your variant is much better than the “original”!

    It is first (And I hope last!) time I see Mira wearing such auful combination of clothes. Not only her Chanel Jacket looks like apron because of full skirt, but all together they make the figure look…emmm… I can’t say that : ) Little pregnant doll-like? Oops…

  10. August 9th, 2012 at 12:05 | #10

    Yours looks waaay better than the original. The first reminds me of an apron gone horribly wrong and worn around the neck.

  11. August 9th, 2012 at 14:32 | #11
  12. August 9th, 2012 at 19:21 | #12

    Thanks everyone!! xo

  13. Renee
    August 9th, 2012 at 22:54 | #13

    Brilliant idea. I will try it on one of my old jackets.

  14. girl
    August 10th, 2012 at 07:00 | #14

    @Laura from Italy
    I agree, the least creative of all DYIs and its a major FLOP!

  15. August 10th, 2012 at 09:17 | #15

    Love, love, love! I have been wanting to do this to an Armani suit jacket that I thrifted that has a whole in the bag. My idea/inspiration came from a street style blog but it wasn’t to do backless, but more like an asymmetrical/high-low look to the back. Basically the same idea though. I love that you used a classic tweed jacket. I makes it much more edgy!

  16. August 17th, 2012 at 19:33 | #16

    Hi Nini,

    The Jacket looks amazing. Will you be in NYC for fashion week. I thought about you the other day when I was at Barney’s & Salvation Army… Lol remember the Christian Dior Jacket you found

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