How to Make Your Own Prince Purple Rain Jacket

“Purple Rain” opened in 1984 and quickly became a cult classic, helping launch Prince into the realm of super stardom. For true fans, creating Prince’s jacket from the movie would make a fun afternoon project. With a little tenacity and some rummaging at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army, you should be able to find some clothes that will serve as a sufficient starting point.

Things You'll Need

  • Jacket
  • Purple fabric dye
  • Silver studs
  • Fabric glue or needle and thread
  • White lace (for jacket cuffs; approximately 18 inches)
  • Shoulder pads

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Purchase a jacket to be altered. It's pretty unlikely that you will find the perfect purple jacket at your local second-hand shop, but it's possible. You can also search on an online auction site. Your best bet will be to purchase a white or off-white trench coat. Using powdered fabric dye, available at most grocery stores and craft shops, dye the jacket purple, following the package directions for best results.

Allow the dye to set, again following the package directions, then attach the silver studs to the right shoulder area. Silver studs can be found at craft stores. You can affix them to the jacket with a hot glue gun or fabric adhesive, which can also be purchased at a craft store.

Using a needle and thread or fabric glue, attach the lace to the inside of the jacket's sleeves at the cuffs. This will give the illusion of a lace-cuffed, long-sleeved shirt.

Turn the jacket inside out and attach the shoulder pads to the shoulders of the jacket with a needle and thread. The shoulder pads will give it the broad-shouldered style of Prince's jacket.


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