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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

2 Comments

  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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