Uniqlo Blazer No-Sew Makeover

Posted on August 15th, 2014 in Uncategorized

I love Uniqlo. It’s the happiest place on earth. They have clothes that fit me, for cheap, and the salespeople are trained in Japanese-style customer service so they’re super nice. They will even hem your pants for free the same day. When I was in New York recently for the SURTEX trade show, I of course had to make a detour to the Uniqlo in Soho. I found this great blazer for $60, and I thought it would be perfect for embellishing because it was so plain.goods_03_092146999

The thing about grey heather fabric is that even when it’s in the shape of a blazer, it still looks like a sweatshirt. So it was time to play “Project Runway” and make it work. Here is the finished look:jfong_uniqlojacket1

I’ve had these fabric samples that I used for the Menswear Apartment makeover I did a while back, and I’ve been saving them because they’re such cool fabrics. I have pinstripes, houndstooth, and even fabric with martini and cosmopolitan recipes. Hello! They should not be hiding in a storage closet. So I finally decided to put them to work embellishing my blazer.jacket2

I decided I’d embellish the collar, lapels and pockets, but I knew there was no way I was going to sew the fabric on them. Hurray for fabric glue! I used Beacon Adhesive’s Fabri-Tac. For the collar and lapels, I cut pieces of fabric that were bigger than I needed, glued them to the blazer, and then trimmed the excess. That was way easier than cutting pieces to the exact size. jacket3

I started with the collar first, and then did the lapels. I did not bother finishing the edges. I wanted a deconstructed look. (That’s what they say on Project Runway when they don’t have time to sew.)jacket4

For the pockets I cut the fabric pieces so they were just slightly smaller. Then I cut out some fusible web the same size and ironed the fabric onto the pockets. I could have glued the pockets too, but the fusible web gave me better adhesive coverage for this larger area. jacket5

And look at the fun surprise in the back.jacket6


  1. Erin Lareau says:

    Jonathan – you are so much FUN and very clever and creative . Talent to burn my friend! i’m so glad I met you!!
    Greetings from the Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour!! xx Erin

    • admin says:

      Erin, it’s so great to hear from you! Think of you all the time! Thanks for the note. Say hi to Katy for me. How exciting! xo

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