Two weeks ago I blogged about this blazer promising a tutorial on how I tailored it to better fit my body. Well, I've never considered myself a particularly prompt person, but better late than never right?
Brief history: bought the blazer at a thrift store last year ($4!), but it hit me about six inches below my hips, which I wasn't crazy about. I'm 5'4, so it really wasn't doing me any favors at that length. Unfortunately, for the last year it has been sitting in my closet.
I really hated to have the blazer just sitting there, but I couldn't part with it either. I decided that it would have to be tailored...and preferably by me to save some dollars.
I found some photos on Pinterest, which renewed my hope that I could make the blazer work for me with a bit of tweaking:
Using a blazer I already owned that was a length I liked, I turned my navy blazer inside out, and laid the 'pattern' blazer on top:
Using the top blazer as a template, I pinned the bottom blazer to the length I wanted. I did not make any cuts, so I could be sure everything was right where I wanted it before making any permanent decisions.
Next, I sewed the new hemline right along the line of pins, removing the pins as I went along (I wish I had taken a picture of this, but I'm not one who can work and photograph at the same time...ya know?).
I'm not going to lie...it took me twice before I got the hemline right, which made me happy I hadn't made any cuts yet. I just simply used my seam ripper to remove the stitches and then started again.
After I got the hemline where I wanted it, I trimmed off the excess fabric and ironed everything down so it laid nice and flat.
I did not need to take in the sides or sleeves as the blazer fit great in those areas, but had I needed to, I would have followed the same guideline:
1)sew the new seams first
2) use a seam ripper to remove the old seams
3)cut off the excess fabric.
4) Iron down new seams to lie flat
It's probably not the way a true seamstress would do it, but it made it more error proof for me.
Here is the before and after:
Brown Boots: thrifted Plato's closet
I am so happy with the way this project turned out, and now I wear the blazer all the time! It's probably my favorite and most versatile clothing item!