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DIY School Blazer Refashion | Military Inspired [Part 1]

DIY School Blazer Refashion | Military Inspired  [Part 1]


Hi and welcome back to my channel. If
you’re new welcome! So I’ve been MIA due to the holidays and when you have family over you can forget about trying to film anything. I got my hands on a couple old high school blazers that used to belong to my sister. I wanted to include both blazers in this video but since I was way behind schedule I
decided to split this video into two parts. In this video I’ll be showing how
to refashion one of them three ways. In Look 1, I’ll quickly demonstrate how to get a simple, easy everyday look. Look 2 is a little bit more intricate and Look 3 it’s actually an add-on or continuation of Look 2. I settled on the third one which is what you’ll see towards the end of this video. If you like DIYs and refashions, show some love and hit that Like button and if you’re new to my channel don’t forget to Subscribe. Now let’s jump right in shall we. First, remove all the unwanted bits like
all buttons and pockets. To quickly figure out the placement of the buttons, I recommend using a ruler. For mine, I used the pockets as a marker and placed the ruler alongside them. I then positioned my first button within an inch slot on the ruler. From there, I measured 3 inches then
place my second button and so on. Once you’re happy with the layout, go
ahead and mark the position for each button and sew. As for the sleeves, you could add smaller
buttons if your blazer doesn’t already have em, then take your trim with one end folded under and pin it alongside them. Pin around the entire circumference of
the sleeve then sew. Here I did a row for each button. And there you have a quick and easy
updated blazer. Using the same blazer, I first opened up
the lapels. From the neck seam down to the last
buttonhole, I made a guide using the ruler and pins. I’d like to note that shown here, I placed
the pins three inches apart but later on, changed it to one and a half. Next, with my ribbon and made a loop then flattened the top to form a point. Following the guide, I pinned it onto
the blazer with the ends of the ribbon hanging a half-inch over the edge. Afterwards, I continued down the guide
pinning six of these in total, with my last one stopping at the last buttonhole. Once they were all pinned in place, I folded under the ends Now they were ready to be sewn in place. If you’re meticulous like me, then I’d recommend basting them beforehand. Here’s the path that I used to sew them. To finish off this look, I added the
buttons to the other side. To find the button placements, I aligned a row of pins with the ribbons. Next I tried on the buttons by hooking
them on to the pins. If I chose this look, then I would have marked the location of the pins then sewed on the buttons. But I took it a step further which brings us
to Look 3. I finished the other side in the same
way I did the first, by making my guide and spacing the ribbons one and a half
inches apart. As for the buttons, I used the same technique as Look 2 and tried them on before sewing them in place. I’d like to point out that I saved sewing on the buttons for last. I altered the collar taking a little off
the back making it a true stand-up collar also known as the Mandarin or Chinese. I started by pinning it to my ideal height then tried it on. Once I was happy with it, I marked a half
inch above the pins and cut. To avoid taking too much off the front, I opened it up then cut the ends to blend in with the rest of the collar. Next I turned under the raw edges a half
inch inside the collar then pin and sew. I forgot to mention but before sewing
the corners, I made sure they were the same length. This trim is attached by sewing along
the groove in the center. If you decide to do this step, I recommend doing so BEFORE you add the ribbons. Since I sewed mine on after, I left an eighth inch gap between the ribbon and the edge. Sewing this particular trim can be a
little challenging. For starters, I used the matching thread for both the blazer and trim. To hide the joint ends, I started in an area that’s unseen, like the underarm seam of the sleeve and hem. Holding the end of the trim, I guided it
in place then carefully sewed it within the groove. Once I got back to the starting point, I
overlapped the ends as best as I could then finish them off by whip stitching
them together by hand. I first removed the old buttons, then added the same ribbon design as the front, along the seams. Once the ribbons were attached,
I added my new buttons. That about wraps it up for this tutorial. Let me know in the comments what you think. I’ve included links in the description box for all the supplies I’ve used. I hope you found this tutorial useful… stay tuned for Part 2 and thanks for watching!


Reader Comments

  1. I love this! You have an amazing eye for details. Do you have an Etsy store or anywhere that you sell your ideas? Do you have any ideas on expanding a skirt that too small? I'm a thrifter and I buy whatever I like, no matter what size, but this skirt must be a size 0! It's too gorgeous not to wear. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  2. Yes, you are meticulous; your work is always very neat. Great job as usual!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

  3. I am enjoying your refashions! You are doing a great job with being creative, but not overly difficult, so that someone such as, myself who is still trying to master sewing techniques isn't discouraged. Great job!

  4. Hey hey Tiffany, I've just discovered your fabulous channel and I LOVE IT! So creative, yet simple and stylish. Can't wait to see what you will do in the future! Well done you! x

  5. Ok! That is REALLY Awesome! Looks so good! Who would know that you had'n spent a large sum of money for that coat/jacket… Thank you for sharing.

  6. You have your own style and you do your best to redo some items iinto something very secial and unique. Great job… very skillful girl! My sincere congratulations!

  7. really liked your video – well paced, good commentary to fit with the pace, and ! good music that enhanced the video but was not distracting. very well done and very helpful. thank you.

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