Wednesday, February 13, 2013

adding piping to a blazer

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If you follow me on instagram, you are already sick of seeing this blazer but I appreciate you all sticking around ;) I bought this blazer last week at Goodwill, and while I really like the color and fit, it was a tad...boring. I was itching  to do some sort of project, so I decided to add ribbon piping to this blazer.

by hand.

(because how else would one do this? please don't answer that question or else I'm afraid I'll go throw myself against a wall)

I was first debating doing leopard or a gold patterned ribbon, but some fellow bloggers brought me back to my senses. Leopard would have been fun, but cream is a lot more versatile.

It only took me one SNL episode (with the Biebs...shudder), the Grammys (red carpet and show), and one episode of the RHOBH to finish it. With Christopher on another away rotation, only quality television is watched at our house. So it did take me a while, but I'm thrilled with the outcome. 

sew ribbon on as piping

I used a 7/8 inch ribbon purchased at JoAnn's Fabric Store for about $2.50 (if you have one near you make sure you download their app - they always have 40% off coupons, sometimes 50% off!). I ironed it (with my hair straightener...) in half. I used a binder clip to keep the ribbon in place, and then just stitched down the line. I also replaced the button with a gold button, also purchased at JoAnns. Overall, this blazer + revamp cost me about $11. Not to shabby, especially with this similar blazer costing 8 times as much.


green, gold, cognac




piped blazer, cognac, leopard


Blazer: Thrifted, altered  {similar}
Shirt: Forever 21  {exact}
Jeans: American Eagle  {exact}
Belt: Aeropostale?
Necklace: Forever 21  {similar}
Bag: Madewell  {exact}
Watch: Target
Shoes: Rocket Dog via DSW  {exact}


green blazer, lace shirt, gold watch


...a total cop out for TOPIO, but I was just too excited to wear this blazer to wait.


linking up with thrifters anonymous!

49 comments:

  1. Yes, the ribbon was a great idea. You definitely gave the blazer and 'upgrade' in any case you master the casual-chic style :) love your outfits.
    this one is lovely. nice top and flats as well.
    xx,
    ** Style Id Net **
    ** Style Id Net on Twitter**

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  2. IT LOOKS SO GOOD!! I even went all creepy and looked at the photo at it's largest size on Flickr to inspect the detail, but it seriously looks great even up close. Way to go, Fran! If I wasn't such a DIY nightmare of a woman, I'd have to try this out!

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  3. Dang girl! You're so talented! I sewed a button on a pair of pants for Fins...and while button side looked fine, the inside of his pants looks like, well, bad. For real. Awesome of you!

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  4. Ahh, I love the way it turned out Franziska! :)
    Looks so great. That olive color is gorgeous on ya.


    Oh, and I also seem to always do sewing type things by hand..seeing as I'm kind of afraid of sewing machines.

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  5. It looks fantastic! Seriously, it doesn't even look like the same blazer- majorly awesome :)

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  6. I cannot believe it! You totally transformed the blazer into something super interesting. Way to go!

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  7. so neat! what a great idea! And I love your Madewell bag!

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  8. What an awesome idea! It turned out so great. I love how you improvised ironing with the hair straightener :)

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  9. haha! The watch is such a freaking cop out but I love it! You must have the patience of a saint to do that whole thing by hand. But it's so worth it. It looks about 1,384 times better than it did before the ribbon. SO AWESOME, Franziska.

    xo
    Kym
    bitty.and.bunny

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  10. You my friend are too patient! Your fingers must have killed you!! I mean, piping by hand is dedication! I love it on you and can't wait for you to wear it other ways! I think I want to copy you and do this to one of my boeing blazers! Ahhh! You are a brilliant women!

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    1. Opps, I mean boring-- note "boeing" like the planes your father flies on! lol.

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  11. Oh my goodness, you NAILED that piping! It looks so brilliant, lady. Totally going to copy this :)

    xo
    C

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  12. This is such a fun project! I have slowly started teaching myself to sew and do small refashions. Its so frustrating but so rewarding created something cool though! Great job, I may have to try this. Heather

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  13. Way to go fancy pants! I don't think it would have occurred to my to jazz it up, what a great idea!
    It's ok to cop out on your challenge today. I so understand outfit excitement :)
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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  14. Fantastic blazer revamp - I love the trim! I'm not sure I could have done something like that myself without messing it up too bad!

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  15. this turned out so great! i wish i was more handy with a needle and thread...

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  16. So much cuter! Also, when the title popped up in the tab (since I was in a different tab) I read it as "adding pimping to..." and was like "WTF?" but alas, you are not adding pimping to your resume or anything sordid like that. I guess that's a good thing, though.

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  17. I think this turned out wonderfully! Great work. The cream really pops with the green.

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  18. You're cute, crafty, and thrifty? You're the total package! Make me one. Please? :)

    Danielle
    littlebitofwowe.blogspot.com

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  19. What a great little DIY that really didn't take you that long (you were multitasking) and completely freshens up this blazer.

    Also, I always iron things with my hair straightener. who wants to get out an ironing board? not this girl.
    Chic on the Cheap

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  20. The piping was a GENIUS idea - it looks amazing!! Great job.
    -Bree @ aBree Fashion

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  21. Such a cool way to add some interest to an otherwise simple blazer! Brilliant idea!

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  22. Amazing outfit! I love the blazer:)

    Check out my blog: http://theprintedsea.blogspot.de

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  23. Wow! That's awesome! It looks so good!

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  24. The results are awesome! I'm not sure if I would have had the patience, but it looks great!

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  25. What!? I need to find a cheap blazer to make over, pronto! I am so impressed.

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  26. That looks soooo good. I was Team Gold (can't remember if I commented or not) but I'm really loving the cream!

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  27. I keep thinking I need to buy a sewing machine to update thrifted items - I love that you used what you had on hand. A binder clip?! Um, really?? Great job - it looks phenomenal!

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  28. Woooohooooooooo!! Looks awesome, now you'll love/appreciate it so much more than a store bought one! Plus...the cut and fit is SO much better than the Gap ones :) Good job!

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  29. What a great idea! It looks fantastic, now I'm itching to update some of my clothes. -Amanda

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  30. I love this! I never would have thought of it on my own. I may have an old blazer in the back of my closet that this would be perfect for. Hmm...

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  31. Girl you are like the total package! You are smart, crafty, beautiful, creative, fashionable....I could go on:)! Love what you did with this green blazer:)!

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  32. Lovely DIY job - I don't think I have the patience to hand-sew piping on a blazer! :) Looks great - way to go for adding a special touch to a thrifted blazer!

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  33. I seriously love how this turned out - totally transformed! And you less than orthodox methods crack me up - hair straightener iron? Check! Binder clips? Check!
    GREAT work!
    xx
    Here&Now

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  34. LOL I've totally used hair straighteners to iron stuff before. No shame.

    Also what a great idea to wear your lace top with your newly piped blazer! Why don't you credit the source of that genius idea, hmm? #bloggingettiquitefail LOL j/k I'm totally joking.

    But yeah I really do like how your blazer turned out! I would have never thought to add piping to freshen up a blazer. MAYBE I WILL GO AND COPY YOUR IDEA WITHOUT CREDIT.

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  35. Hahaha love your DIY technique - basically sounds like how I'd do it, if I could ever be bothered! Can't believe you did this by hand, looks amazing! And your photos are looking awesome BTW - I think you should do a photography post :)

    life-etcblog.blogspot.com.au

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  36. GENIUS, lady! the blazer turned out great!

    dash dot dotty

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  37. GOOD JOB! It looks amazing, you should be SO proud of yourself! Very crafty. Love the whole look, including the bag you were peer pressuring Jessica to get ;-)

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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  38. BAHAHAHA your watch is your TOPIO! Well, no one should dare call you lazy for it because HELLO, you piped a blazer! With this and your recent shirt-as-a-scarf maneuver I'm feeling like such a lazy bum.

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  39. I love the improvements you made - it looks great! The gold button is a nice detail, too. ;-)

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  40. this is amazing! i never would have thought to do this but it changes the appearance of the blazer in such a great way. i'm amazed with the patience you had to do this!

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  41. What you did to the blazer made it look more expensive. I like it!

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  42. This turned out soooo cute Fran! I can't believe it only took you a few hours, so impressed!

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  43. I love what you did with the blazer! Great idea!!! :-)

    happymedley.blogspot.com

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