DIY Burberry Mixed Media Trench Coat!

October 6, 2011 12:42 am

DIY trench, shirt: Old Navy, jeans: Joe Fresh, shoes: Aldo, bracelets: Tiffany's, handmade

Probably the most successful and laborious DIY I’ve ever accomplished! I fell in love with Burberry’s mixed media trench coats last year and when I miraculously stumbled across a $30 trench at Forever 21 I had to go for it! I cut up an old faux leather jacket from Le chateau, and after countless sewing, ripping apart, and re-sewing (by hand no less) I finally got the fit right, and couldn’t be happier!
Since my computer descided to kill my soul and its hard drive a month ago I lost all the pictures I took documenting the process. BUT, I made this super easy looking cheat sheet for y’all! Yaaaaaaaaaaay!

The best tip I can give to make it easier for you is to make sure the two jackets are the same size. My leather jacket was somewhat shrunken and when I took the arms off, the two did NOT fit together… hence the numerous revisions. Tip number two, Use a good sewing needle. I was too lazy to buy one after I broke TWO trying to sew with my machine so I did everything by hand.
I hope this works for everyone! I’ve had sooooo many compliments on my jacket, and everyone is shocked when I explain how I made it! So until the day that I can afford a Burberry trench without ruining my life, enjoy these pictures of me hanging with my DIY pride and joy!!



  • This is awesome! I’m a fairly new blogger & while searching for photos for a post i am doing on mixed media outerwear I stumbled upon your DIY and blog! I mentioned your blog,DIY & website in my post as well as linked my readers to your sites! You did an amazing job on the DIY & I’m now following your blog! Looking forward to your posts!

    • Hey! Thanks SO much for the support! I’m glad you liked the DIY, I only wish I had more pictures from the process, but its not that hard! I can’t wait to check out your blog and read your post on mixed media outerwear (which I’m obsessed!) Thanks again, and stay tuned, I have lots of awesome planned!

  • Angela

    Oh my Alanimal….how I miss you. I can’t believe how talented you are. You could (and should) have your own store…get little worker monkey and mass produce. I’m so lucky to know such an amazing person 🙂 hugs from afar!

    • Ohh big spoon how I miss thee let me count the ways: miss your face, miss skating shenanigans, miss everything about you
      O Parting is such sweet sorrow!
      Did I just write you a poorly formatted sonnet? Yup

  • simply awesome…like it!

  • Carmen

    I loveeee your shoes where did you get them??

    • The shoes are from I will actually be putting them on sale soon if you are size 7!! Barely worn! Cheers!!!! Alana

  • Jessica

    I bet this would look super cute with some studs, too, and maybe black lace added to it in some small way.

    • Alana

      Yes! There are so many different ways to embellish a coat, Burberry is so inventive, tons of inspiration. xo Alana

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