Thrift Store Blazer Makeover




About: Hi everyone! I'm a hardcore DIY'er, I've published 11 DIY books, just produced my own TV show called Make Your Mark for PBS/APT, I make YouTube videos every week and I'm buried under a mountain of craft sup...

Turn a thrift store blazer into a couture coat worthy of a Paris runway!

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Step 1: Watch the Video Tutorial Here!

Step 2: Stuff You'll Need

Thrift Store Blazer

E-6000 Fabri-Fuse

Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint

Muslin (or thin cotton fabric)

2 yards fabric to match your blazer


Marking pencil

Butcher paper

Scissors and pins

Step 3: Here's How

Fold a 20" x 20" piece of paper on the diagonal

Create a 17" curve as shown

Cut the pattern in muslin for the sleeve

Place the pattern on folded muslin and cut it to create the peplum

*You're doubling the pattern to create a peplum

Pin the pieces on the jacket to make sure they work and trim if necessary

Place the muslin on the black fabric and cut 2 sleeves and one peplum

Trace a leaf pattern in vertical lines on each piece

Zigzag over the traced leaves with Allure Metallic Jade

Create the leaf veins with Allure Glitter Green Spark

When dry cut around the leave shapes

Pin and glue (or stitch) to the jacket using E-6000 Fabri-Fuse OR a sewing machine



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    9 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Hey Mark, why don't you have traveling workshops... I really like what you are doing... I am in Minneapolis MN... I would possibly pay $50-$100 to come to one. The big part of this of course is how do you market the end result? Do you get inquires for purchase over the internet from these? I am a artist/graphic designer for the past 42 years and am trying to find a new niche in my retirement I could possibly be trained with the other techniques and really enjoy this kind of thing...


    3 years ago

    Looks like a great way of making faery wings!

    1 reply
    Mark MontanoNathanSellers

    Reply 3 years ago

    Sorry it took so long to respond to your comment Nathan. It slipped through without me noticing. Glad you liked the technique. It's something that can be applied to many types of garments.


    3 years ago

    This is pretty amazing good sir. It photographs amazingly well.

    1 reply

    3 years ago

    This really surprised me. It is not that difficult to accomplish, and it is really creative. A BIG Thanks for sharing this with me.

    1 reply
    Mark MontanoMichiganDave

    Reply 3 years ago

    Glad you liked it Dave. I think I could have done a bit more to it.....I may add some smaller leaves eventually.