Saturday, July 21

Altering a Blazer (the easy way)

As I mentioned yesterday, I am a huge fan of blazers right now. They look great with shorts for a summer date night, but they also look good with skinny jeans and heels, on top of dresses, and basically with every single thing you pair them with. You really can't go wrong. I have a horrific time finding blazers that fit, however. It's awful, really. But since I now have a sewing machine and have gained some sewing confidence, I bought this giant blazer for sixty-six cents yesterday. Since it was so cheap, I figured I could attempt an alteration on it and if it didn't work it wasn't a big loss. But it did work! Here's the steps. 

This jacket was about 10 sizes too big for me. Not to worry. :)


1. The first thing I did is chop the sleeves off. Make sure you cut them right along the seam line so the arm-holes are still even.


2. Second, I tried on the vest part and eyeballed how much smaller it needed to be. I hemmed both sides several inches then I also hemmed the back seam, starting a few inches below the collar. I have no idea how to work with collars, so I left that part alone.


The ugly seams. I probably should surge them, but seriously, they're on the inside. Is anybody really going to care?
 3. I tried on the sleeves and hemmed the sides up about an inch and a half. You can see the seam on the inside if you look closely.


 4. Attach the sleeves. This is by far the most intimidating part of the whole project. I have botched a lot of shirts on this part, but it's much easier than it seems. First, turn the jacket inside out, and nest the sleeve inside right-side out. 

 Match the underarm seam with the side seam and pin, then pin the top. Go all the way around the sleeve and pin the two pieces together evenly. My arm and armhole didn't match perfectly because the armhole was slightly smaller than the arm. But I pinned and sewed and it worked itself out. There aren't any weird pleats or anything. Sew all the way around on both of the arms.



 And that's it! After I took these two pictures, I realized I should hem the bottom. When I took in the sides it made the bottom of the jacket a little bit mismatched, so I folded it under and hemmed it.

The entire alteration probably took me thirty minutes tops. This project was one of my most rewarding refashions and I'm so excited to wear it!





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21 comments:

  1. As a beginner to all this I think this is beyond me but inspiring all the same! Thanks for taking the time to blog the details

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    1. I understand exactly how you feel! I did a lot of reading and looking at pictures before I finally tried it. I think it's best to try it on a shirt you don't love, then you can experiment and figure it out on that.

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  2. Awesome!! I thought about trying this last week but wasn't sure it was possible. You've given me confidence! Back to the thrift store...

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    1. Hooray! I'm sure it will turn out great. Post some pictures when you finish it!

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  3. Wow, this blazer turned out gorgeous! I'm going to have to try this myself sometime.

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  4. I love this so much! It really looks great! You are so brave for attempting this.

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  5. Fabulous job...it fits you beautifully now.

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  6. I love this! I found the link to this tutorial on Wunderbar blog and I want to go to Goodwill right now and find a huge blazer to refashion (-:
    I'm your newest follower.
    Jacinda @ www.yellowcloth.com

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    1. Aw thanks! You definitely should! I've been wearing mine all the time now.

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  7. Love this! I have a few in my refashion pile which have been sitting there because I wasn't really sure what to do with them...now I have a start. :)

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beuaty Blog

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  8. Great refashion! I've shared it on this weeks Recycled Fashion Finds, thanks for linking up last time

    http://www.recycled-fashion.com/2012/08/recycled-fashion-finds-51.html

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    1. Thanks! That's really nice of you. :)

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  9. Thanks, MaryBeth. I've been intimidated with refashioning jackets, but you've made it seem really easy, and in 30 minutes too! :-)

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  10. You did a great job! I'm loving jackets these days too.

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  11. You did a great job!I love this blue :)
    You look stunning, congratulations!

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  12. You did a great job and it looks very good on you. Must have taken a bit of courage. Well done.

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  13. I love this refashion! I love to thrift and alter my clothes. I have not got up the courage to take in a blazer but I have one that needs a little work. Maybe it will make its wayt o the top of my refashion pile now. I'm your newest follower. Looking forward to what you come up with next!

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    1. I was pretty nervous to do it, but I'm thrilled with how it turned out. I would love to see yours whenever you refashion it!

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  14. Just spotted this today when I started looking for ideas on how to make a blazer smaller. You make it look pretty easy so I think I can do it! Thanks!

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