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.