Turn evening wear into everyday flair with a tux redux. Reinventions of YSL’s famed Le Smoking jacket and dapper black-tie duds are having a major moment. A classic blazer is forever in style and always evolving. Since we’re all about staying on-trend by creating them, we dipped into our DIY drawers for our favorite fabric, cotton. This soft substance plants itself into the best textile fibers and threads known to man, and breathes new life into our wardrobe. This season, look to deliciously chic cotton to kick it up a notch. P.S. - The Fabric of Our Lives® makes so many DIY’s come to life!
Lay your blazer open on a flat surface. Trace the silhouette of the inside of the collar as well as inside lapel using a piece of tracing or parchment paper. Cut out the collar pattern and lapel. Be sure to factor in an extra 1/4 inch border around each piece for hemming purposes. Pin pattern directly onto a piece of black cotton sateen fabric and cut out two lapels and two collar pieces with fabric scissors. To create a clean and finished look, fold edges over using fabric glue to hem. Use fabric glue to adhere each piece in its appropriate place. Use your hands to smooth down and help set. Cut a piece of fabric that is approximately a 5 inch square. Size will depend on your preference of pocket square and size of area you have to work with. Fold back and glue the outside edge for a clean look. Gather by pinching and folding and stitch directly onto the blazer for a faux handkerchief look. Use corresponding color thread so thread is not noticeable. Lastly, swap original buttons for a metallic gold or your favorite luxe option and stitch on.
Get creative with your cotton color combinations and experiment by mixing patterns. It’s the perfect opportunity to re purpose, re-create and re-invent. P.S. - The Fabric of Our Lives® makes us come alive with DIY.