Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Blazers, Part VI

Sunday's inclement weather delayed my return from a weekend road trip, and yesterday my photograhusband didn't get home from work until after dark. I swear, I really am trying to maintain a schedule. It just seems like every week something else gets in the way. Eesh!

Anywho, last Thursday I showed you how this piece began - as a thrift score on a much heavier Carissa, purchased for $5 at Goodwill with the original $165 Nordstrom tag still attached!

Plaid Blazer Refashion Before

But since it no longer fits, it's time to make some changes!

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I carefully picked out the seams to remove the collar and sleeves (and shoulder pads).

Plaid Blazer to Vest

I also removed the pocket flaps by picking out the seam along the top edge of each pocket.

Plaid Blazer to Vest

I removed the decorative top-stitching along each dart for a simpler look.

Plaid Blazer to Vest

I cut the bottom edge straight across the back and slightly angled down to points in the front.

Plaid Blazer to Vest

With the bottom edge gone, I could now easily access the inside between the plaid fabric and the lining. I pinned the top of the pockets back together and closed those up sans pocket flaps.

Plaid Blazer to Vest

I also reattached the outer fabric and facing around the neck edge where I had removed the collar and lapels.

Plaid Blazer to Vest

I took in the sides of the plaid fabric and the lining.

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The inner and outer bottom edges were press upward.

Plaid Blazer to Vest

And then I top-stitched all the way around the bottom, fronts, and neck edges, using a matching thread instead of the dark brown so it wouldn't stand out as much.

Plaid Blazer to Vest

I tried on my nearly complete vest and marked where I wanted the armholes to be. Then I trimmed a bit off so they wouldn't be so wide.

Plaid Blazer to Vest

Again the inner and outer fabrics were folding toward each other and top-stitched.

Plaid Blazer to Vest

Last but not least, I swapped out the now-irrelevant size tag for the fabric content/laundering tab I salvaged from the side seam before I took in the sides.

Plaid Blazer to Vest
Plaid Blazer to Vest

And tada!

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Plaid Blazer to Vest - Before & After


14 comments:

  1. so cute! love how it looks on you!

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    1. Thanks! I love a good vest!

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  2. Only one word: waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw!

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  3. I love this!! Vests are one of my favorite layering pieces! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial:
    http://carissaknits.blogspot.com/2014/02/blazers-part-vi.html
    --Anne

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    1. Thanks for the shout-out, Anne! I'm ever so flattered!

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  4. Great refash- I love a good vest. :)

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  5. So many ways to wear this vest.....and retaining the gathers on the back side give the vest a nice feminine touch - Well Done, Carissa!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I wasn't sure how the gathers would look in the end, but I like how they came out too.

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  6. Oh this is fantastic, thanks for sharing! I have a couple blazers that I never wear that would really benefit from this treatment!

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    1. You're very welcome, Francine!

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  7. That is an absolutely fabulous idea! I was wondering what to do with some older style suitjackets and this will be perfect. beautiful idea and lovely vest you made.

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    1. Thanks, Christina! I love it too, and I'm already thinking of making more!

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