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Thursday, August 11, 2011

An ugly paisley blazer can go glam for night!

This is Tanya. She's fierce. And this is Tanya's jacket. It wants to be fierce too--it really does!
 But despite being a fabulous print, it's too darn big!!
But at SHS, we never say never! If you find a jacket you love in a loopy, large size, make it into a button dress! Here's a quick tutorial in how to "cheat" a big jacket with a few, easy sewing tricks!
First, assess how much tighter you need the waist to be. Find the marker for where you want to move the button/buttons over and mark it with a straight pin.
In our case, we decided Tanya's button had to move about 6 inches to the right. We pinned the spot, and then looked at her shoulders as our other main fix. They were clearly too big. (Or rather, they were out too far).
We could've spent some big bucks to have a tailor take the whole thing in. Or... we could've opened the lining, gone into the jacket, ripped off the arms, and re-sewed the whole thing two inches tighter. But instead, we opted to create a pin tuck to lift the shoulders back!
How? Grab the excess fabric and pull the shoulders up from the back/side seam just under the collar. Use pins to anchor the fabric and make a small pleat under the collar. This will pull the shoulders up and give you a pretty, gathered effect in the back of the jacket.
 Like so!
And here you go! A sneak peak at our caterpillar jacket before it becomes tomorrow's butterfly! Tune in tomorrow to see the results!!


Noa B and Tanya D

Jacket: Thrift 1$!


  1. Oh, I'm excited to see the finished product!

  2. This blog has made me pull out the instruction manual to my sewing machine. I WILL learn how to sew so I can transform my thrift finds. I can't wait to see how this turned out!

    Secondhand Stylist Thrifted - Three Ways

  3. hhahahha looks lke fun blog-!!! love it