From Short Blazer to Coat Dress




Introduction: From Short Blazer to Coat Dress

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Turn a plain blazer into a couture coat dress!

Step 1: Watch the Video Tutorial Here

Step 2: You'll Need

1 Blazer

2 yards heavy cotton or wool fabric

2 yards embellished lace

Sewing machine

E-6000 Fabri-Fuse Glue


Straight pins

Fabric chalk

Step 3: Lay Out the Fabric

Lay one side of your blazer flat

Place the folded fabric under the blazer

*Line up the straight edges of the fabric with the front of the blazer

With a ruler, draw an extension on the fabric (I added 12" to this blazer)

Step 4: Draw and Cut Your Extension

Once you've drawn the extension on the fabric, cut it out

Remove the pins and add 1/2" to the top of the extended fabric

Pin the pieces to the base of the blazer

Step 5: Stitch and Cut Out the Lace

Zigzag both pieces to the bottom of the blazer using a wide stitch

Cut 8" up from the edge of each side of the lace fabric

Cut out several of the lace designs that are left in the middle of the fabric

Step 6: Pin and Glue on the Lace

Place the edge of the lace fabric on the extension of the coat and glue in place

Add pieces to the collar, cuff and anywhere you need to fill in

Pin and glue in place and let dry overnight

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Wow , this is a really something. I do have a blazer that I don't want to use as one. I would love to turn it into a dress. But the problem is that I am not very acquainted with proper cutting and sewing of the cloth(it is shown to be very easy here,but I get perplexed) Moreover the blazer I have is not tailored , first I have to accomplish that... Any kind of help will be really appreciated.The one I have attached herein.

    Mark Montano
    Mark Montano

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You might try creating a corset back using one of the instructables I posted before. You can do it with safety pins and ribbon OR with eyelet tape. Just make sure to match the straight grain of the fabric with the front of your coat where the buttons and button holes are and then cut around like that. If you watch the video, you'll get a much better idea of how it's done.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you , that instructable is really helpful and inspiring.

    Mark Montano
    Mark Montano

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks Seamster, I actually really love making over thrift store finds.