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March 5, 2012

DIY | zipper jacket

I actually own more blazers than I do trousers, but when charity shops are giving them away for a few coins how can I resist?  The only flaw in my blazer obsession, is that I hate owning two of the same things.  This DIY is a simple way to give a new face to a plain blazer.  Though, I have to admit that this was not my original idea.  I was inspired by this image I came across some months ago.

Materials\ (2) zippers, scissors, sewing machine (hand sew), chalk & ruler
1\ Put the blazer on, and mark (in chalk) were you would prefer the zipper to sit on your hips.
2\ Use a ruler to create a straight line on both sides to ensure that the zippers are aligned properly.  Measure the length of the zipper (this will mark the length of the chalk line). I would suggest 12.5-20cm (or 5"-8").
3\ Double check the alignment. Tuck the cut edge under and sew the zipper (closed) on both sides.

Tip\ If you prefer the appearance of an invisible zipper use this tutorial from Sarai Mitnick of Colette Patterns.

The zippers creates this sort of peeling away effect, from structured to organic.  Easily one of my new favorite pieces.


  1. That's damn wonderful. Totally ignorant on how to install a zipper, so this is genius to me.

  2. looks great!! (especially with that neon shirt)

  3. Soooo not only am i obsessed with this here blog of yours but i also am swooning over you, you're gorgeous and insanely creative! I am now stalking u... like seriously


    1. Oh Sunnie you know all the right things to bring a smile to my face. I am glad that you like this weee blog. I am always excited when you make a post.

  4. adore this jacket

  5. ohwow!

    looks really good.

    J x

  6. This is one of the best DIY's/updates to a regular piece of clothing I've ever seen! I hope I can find a good, moderately priced tailor here in Spain to do mine, I don't want to wait until I get back to the States in 7 weeks....

    1. I hope you find some little old lady somewhere. Tailors here get a bit outrageous starting at $60 to just add two zippers. DIY it up lady.

  7. Love this jacket and the added instructions. Putting it on my blog truebluemeandyou :)

  8. I've said it before but i'll say it again, this is so cool!
    xx Tanya