DIY: Tartan Sleeved Blazer

Tartan and plaid are one of Fall's 2013 fashion trends. It was seen on the runways in shirts, pants, skirts, dresses and jackets. I've even spotted a few shoes in tartan here and there. Tartan and plaid was worn as uniforms for schoolgirls but it mostly seen in the 90s as the grunge movement. I guess grunge is back because we all know nothing is ever new. :-)

In keeping up with this trend, I refashioned an old black blazer and replaced the sleeves with tartan. Here's how I did it.
tartan or plaid fabric (I used an old shirt)
sleeve pattern
chalk/marking pen
seam ripper
sewing machine
Remove the sleeves from the blazer with a seam ripper.
Cut open the sleeves along the seam.
Lay the sleeves on the tartan fabric. This will be your pattern. 
You can use chalk/marking pen and trace around the sleeves or you can pin down the sleeves.
Cut out the new sleeves.
Fold the sleeve right sides facing each other and stitch a seam.
Turn the sleeves inside out and pin the shoulder area of the sleeve to the shoulder area of the blazer. Make sure the blazer is inside out.
Stitch a seam around the entire top area of the sleeve. I ended up creating 3 pleats at the top of the shoulder.
Fold the bottom of the sleeves about 1 1/2 inches twice and iron flat. Tack in place.
I styled my blazer in keeping with the grunge look by pairing it with some faded black skinny jeans and combat boots. 
Are you looking forward to wearing a piece in tartan or plaid this Fall? 


  1. This is by far my fave DIY from you Mo. Mega kudos to you girl.


  2. Loved that blazer as soon as I saw it...then I saw that you made it! have mad sewing skills!

    Debbie :)


    I snapped these bad boys up! It's either going to be a tragic fashion mistake or crazy awesome. Can't wait to get them and find out!

  3. Thanks Debbie. I like these pants! I can't wait to see how you style them. :-) They look a little short for me though.

  4. I love this, your so super creative and great DIY blazer :)
    Love it

    Laura x

  5. This is a great way to incorporate the plaid trend! I never really thought plaid was ever out, so I'm glad it's big for the fall since I already have it in my closet. :)

    The Tiny Heart

  6. I love that you DIY'ed this! It really makes the blazer that much more awesome.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  7. Thank you! I'll try to wear it more. :-)

  8. Thank you. I'll try to wear it more. :-)

  9. Oh I'm loving this blazer, great job!

  10. The tartan sleeves really revamp this blazer. Such a brilliant DIY. And I love the boots too.

    Oh to Be a Muse
    Shop Layered Muse

  11. Thanks Savannah. :-)

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    Erin @ The Fashion Canvas

  13. Loving this punk chic look!

  14. Awesome job! I love these refashions. I really need to get of my bottom and do some too. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. I'm a big fan of tartan. I love this DIY and the boots is good! **thumbs up**

  16. You're dope for this!! I love the question mark chain

  17. I adore this!!! I've been thinking of buying plaid lately, but why if I can create this jacket myself :)


  18. this is super legit! i love it!

  19. That would be awesome! :-)

  20. Ugh... I REALLY wish I knew how to sew!!!! U did an AMAZING job!!!!! Looks great!!!!!

  21. Thanks Lynn. Practice makes perfect. :-)


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