Once you learn how to tailor a blazer, there will be no need to pass over a stylish coat because it doesn't quite fit. If that trendy blazer is too long in the arms or too long in the back, you can easily trim an inch or so off it with a needle and thread. Even if your sewing skills only extend to sewing a button, you too can tailor a blazer and save yourself clothing and money.
To tailor a blazer, you will need:
- A blazer to tailor
- Measuring tape
- Tailor's chalk
- An iron
- Matching thread
- Straight pins
- A sewing machine
- Pull the blazer on. Mark what you want to take in with your tailor's chalk. If you need to shorten the arms or overall length, mark where you want to shorten them. The sleeves of your blazer should reach to your mid-thumb when you extend your arms and the back of the blazer should cover your butt.
- Remove the blazer and lay it on a flat surface. If you need to shorten the sleeves or the general length more than 1.5 inches, trim off any length that extends more than an inch and half from the length you want the finished jacket or sleeves to be.
- Turn the blazer inside out. Carefully turn the end of the sleeves or hem up one inch towards the wrong side of the blazer. Press with your iron.
- Fold the ends of the sleeves or hem up one inch towards the wrong side of the blazer. Press with your iron, then pin in place. Try on the blazer to make sure the length is right. Adjust if you need to. Sew the hem in place along the top edge.