We’d been dying to DIY a sleeveless trench coat the moment they were spotted here and there last fall. But then came a seemingly endless winter and our hopes of slashing sleeves were stashed away for months. Now that spring has sprung, we are beyond exited to finally thin out our layers . . . rain or shine! With an inexpensive trench coat and a seam ripper, making a sleeveless trench coat is a cinch. Honestly.

You’ll need:
– a trench coat (we used a $35 Norma Kamali x Walmart trench)
– a seam ripper
– a sewing machine.

Start by pulling one of the sleeves away from the attached shoulder to reveal the stitching. Gently rip the seam using the seam ripper. After the sleeve is removed, do the same with the lining. Remove the other sleeve using the same steps. (Click images to enlarge)

Use the original inseam as a guide and fold the jacket and the lining inwards. Pin it. Sew a straight stitch all the way around with a 1/4″ inseam. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can always take it to your tailor or try hemming it by hand.

Using very low heat, gently iron the hem flat. And you’re done!

Getting rid of unecessary and confining sleeves is easy peasy, right? Happy Spring! xx

(top image via Style.com, rest of images by Honestly…WTF; Norma Kamali trench provided by Beso.com)