A Cut Above the Rest: Stand Out with a Jagged-Edge Lapel Blazer


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Closeup details of the Jagged Edge Blazer project

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!

Supplies for the Jagged Edge Blazer DIY project


– Blazer*
– Ruler
– Chalk pencil
– Fabric scissors
– Straight pins and hand sewing needle
– Thread
– Fusible webbing tape
– Iron
– Liquid seam sealant (such as Fray Check)

* Opt for a blazer with a continuous, seamless lapel

Chalk pencils can be used to mark fabric or clothing

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!).

Chalk pencils can be used to mark clothing and fabric

2. Extend each mark 1 inch (2.54 centimeters).

Closeup of 1 inch cuts on the lapel

3. Cut the lapel at each 1 inch mark.

Closeup of folded and pinned lapel

4. At the bottom of the lapel, fold one corner down and pin in place.

Closeup of two folded lapels with two straight pins per fold

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.

Closeup of folded lapel and pins

6. Continue folding and pinning, along the lapel.

Repeated folding around the lapel will create a jagged visual

7. When you’re all done, it’ll look a little something like this.

Closeup of simple stitches on one folded triangle on the lapel

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.

Closeup of folded triangle with two pins and whip stitches

9. For the rest of the lapel, stitch the folds together right where they meet using a whip stitch.

Closeup of whip stitches with trimmed thread

10. After sewing several tight stitches, tie a triple knot to secure. Cut away the excess thread.

Repeated folds along a blazer's lapel will create a zig zag look

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.

The zig zag lapel adds an edgy, interesting touch to a basic blazer

12. When all is said and done, you’ll be left with something like this.

Using fusible webbing tape is a great no sew option

13. Cut two small pieces of fusible webbing tape.

Place two pieces of fusible webbing into each of the triangle folds

14. Insert the tape into the folds.

Closeup of iron on the backside of a folded triangle

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.

Closeup of Kirsten wearing the Jagged Edge Blazer project

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!

Kirsten wearing the jagged edge lapel blazer

Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez

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