When it comes to classic and timeless style, a blazer is a must-have that will endlessly carry on into every season and year. However, if you’re anything like me, you love an edgy spin on the classics.
I like to think of a blazer’s lapel as a blank canvas — so much can be done with this particular area. With some simple cutting and folding, you can turn a basic blazer into an interesting statement piece. No one will believe that it’s a DIY project!
– Chalk pencil
– Fabric scissors
– Straight pins and hand sewing needle
– Fusible webbing tape
– Liquid seam sealant (such as Fray Check)
* Opt for a blazer with a continuous, seamless lapel
1. With the chalk pencil, mark 2 inch (5.08 centimeters) intervals along the lapel. By the time you reach the other end, you should have a mirror image of the side you started on. If not, simply re-measure and re-adjust accordingly (chalk pencil is very easy to remove from fabric!).
2. Extend each mark 1 inch (2.54 centimeters).
3. Cut the lapel at each 1 inch mark.
4. At the bottom of the lapel, fold one corner down and pin in place.
5. I found that using two pins for each “triangle” worked best. After the first fold, continue along the blazer, folding the corners in. Essentially, you are working with the corners of each 2 inch interval.
6. Continue folding and pinning, along the lapel.
7. When you’re all done, it’ll look a little something like this.
8. With a few simple stitches, sew the first fold (the fold at the bottom of the blazer) in place. Sew through one layer of the blazer’s fabric so the stitches don’t show on the opposite side.
9. For the rest of the lapel, stitch the folds together right where they meet using a whip stitch.
10. After sewing several tight stitches, tie a triple knot to secure. Cut away the excess thread.
11. Repeat around the blazer’s lapel until you reach the opposite end, folding it off as you did in Step 5.
At this point, feel free to trim any exposed fabric or lining to straighten each edge along the bottom of each “triangle.” This is a preference, as this portion of the lapel will not be visible.
12. When all is said and done, you’ll be left with something like this.
13. Cut two small pieces of fusible webbing tape.
14. Insert the tape into the folds.
15. Apply an iron to the fold on the backside of the lapel until the tape melts. Let cool completely. Repeat Steps 13-15 with the remaining lapels.
If you’d like, apply liquid seam sealant to any exposed raw edges to prevent fraying.
This statement making blazer is perfect for spicing up your usual office outfit or pulling together a tee-and-jeans ensemble. This project might take patience and time, but the end result is very much worth it. Make yourself some tea, put on a couple episodes of your favorite show, and you’ll be done before you know it!
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez