Get The Look – Ralph Lauren Embroidered Jungle Jacket


I love it when grunge and elegance mix it up in the fashion world, and this jacket is a prime example. This $140 Ralph Lauren embroidered item is sadly sold out, but at that price tag, I’m guessing we can come up with a better solution anyway. After all, thrift stores and ebay are just filled to the brim with these kinds of olive green army jackets, so getting your hands on one for relatively cheap shouldn’t be too hard. What makes this jacket unique is all that gorgeous tone on tone henna inspired embroidery, and gee, we just happen to have something very like that in our Mendhika design pack!

jacketThe key to replicating this amazing jacket is really lots and lots of embroidery. It’s going to mean ripping up a lot of seams to get your embroidery where you want it, but in the end, turning a salvation army jacket into a $140 fashion item is well worth the time. There are lots of ways you can use the Mendhika pack to recreate this design, but here’s what I would recommend…


To get the embroidery on the sleeves, split the seam up the side about 12 inches or so to be able to spread and hoop the sleeve flat. I would recommend the Mendhika border repeated once on each sleeve. To get the big bold splash of embroidery around the waist, try repeating and overlaying the Mendhika Swirl design. Embroidering this middle part of the jacket should be relatively easy, though you may wish to open up the lining if your jacket has any.

For the top shoulders, you can mix it up a bit, but I liked the Mendhika Lotus on one shoulder and a large version of the Medallion on the other. Put it all together, and what do you get?


A super sexy thrifted jacket fit for a jungle queen! Tone on tone is always a chic way to go when replicating high fashion designs. Really, the more embroidery you add the closer it will be to the original jacket. Tear off pockets, embroider them, and stitch them back on. You’ll certainly have a jacket like no other.


So there it is. From an unobtainable $140 jacket to a super chic custom creation, a little grunge mixed with some elegant embroidery gets you looking runway ready in no time!

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6 Responses to “Get The Look – Ralph Lauren Embroidered Jungle Jacket”

  1. 1

    Just the inspiration I need to sew up that anorak pattern gathering dust on the cutting table! Thanks for the idea.

  2. 2
    timewrinkler says:

    Wow Awesome! I love this jacket…If I saw it in a store, I’d buy it.

  3. 3
    barb asberry says:

    I do love this jacket, the embroidery pops. thank you. ba

  4. 4
    susan shaw says:

    The Urban Threads version is wayyyy nicer than the original.

  5. 5
    Lilly says:

    I was just wondering what thread colors were used in this design. Are they shares of black and grays or greens?

    • Niamh says:

      Shades of greens, dark enough to show up on your chosen jacket. Those Mendhika designs have three color stops designed in, so that gradual color transition is easy to do!

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