The 1st of September signals the beginning of so many happy, happy times. After couch hopping for the last few nights, I’ve officially moved into my apartment. I’m a ways from being unpacked and settled in, but I’m beyond ecstatic to reunite with Minneapolis after a long 9 months.
The “back on campus” mentality is infectious, everyone’s spirits are high, the weather is nearly perfect, and above all people are just happy to be here (I wish I could say the same for campus mid-February). I absolutely love all the goodness that comes with a new school year; back to school shopping, decorating a new room, and fun DIY projects. So I’m going to do a back “back on campus” series of posts on the good ol’ bloggular. All the while I’ll be seriously denying that this is my last year of college.
Since today is the Gopher’s first football game, I wanted to kickoff (ha ha) these posts with a DIY game day jacket. I’ve been noticing a ton of DIY jean jackets with school colors/patches/etc, and they inspired me to create my own. Always wanting to stray from the pack (but remain on-trend), I immediately thought of the old army jacket that’s been lingering in my closet waiting to be re-purposed. I’m super happy with the final product and can’t wait to rock this on game days this season.
The process: So in the top left photo you’ll see what I started with. Quite frumpy if ya ask me. I immediately chopped off the second row of pockets, and distressed the jacket to match the new unfinished hem. Distressing instructions/ideas here. Then I tossed it in the wash to fluff up and enhance the rips and frayed edges. Showed in the top right photo. Next I matched the tee & bandana to where I wanted it on the back panel & elbow patches, and cut them to fit. Using my iron I folded over the edges to give a cleaner look and then used the fabric glue to keep it all in place. Whalaaa! Done 🙂
Hopefully I’ve inspired someone to pick up their scissors and re-invent their own game day look. (If you do I’d LOVE to see!)