I did a little teaser yesterday by showing a pic of the blazer I did over the weekend, but I figured I would do a quick post showing the step by step of it, much like I did for the DIY Tank I did earlier.
First things first, you have to get your blazer. Go to a thrift shop if it makes you feel more comfortable and pick up a cheap one that fits well in the torso. If the sleeves are too short or too long, it doesn’t matter as you’re going to be losing them anyhow.
Next, grab those handy pair of scissors and take off the sleeves at about half way up the arm. I was actually tempted to leave it like this becuase I thought it looked cool, but decided to proceed. That’s the great thing about DIY, you have total control over your creation and can do as much or as little as you like.
I found it easiest to cut two slits up to the shoulder seam and then begin removing the excess fabric one half at a time. If you have any shoulder pads to contend with, you may be here for a while. They pack those things pretty densely. On the bright side; you will have a whole new appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into each suit.
Once the bulk of that is done you have to make another decision; how polished do you want this to look? if you want a more rough edge on the sleeveless blazer you can leave pieces of the fabric there creating uneven edges. If, however, you want a polished look to your blazer, you will need to spend quite a bit more time cutting off any rough edges, and quite possibly using some of the fabric from the arms to create a type of faux hem by placing some fabric around the edge and stitching it.
Hopefully if all goes well, you’ll have a one of a kind customized sleeveless blazer/suit coat. Enjoy, and pair with a belt 😉