Tailored Vintage

“ARMOR, n. The kind of clothing worn by a man whose tailor is a blacksmith.” 
Ambrose Bierce


I've made no secret of my love for vintage garments and thrift shopping has always been a small hobby of mine. A few months ago I bought this vintage tweed blazer, it was a close fit but not as exact as I would have liked. I knew that I could pay to get a it fitted professionally, but as my passion for tailoring has lead me to studying up on the (sadly) dying art, I decided to try and adjust the blazer myself.




To give a little insight into my own knowledge, I've learnt the basics of both sewing with a machine and by hand, I'm also self taught in many other aspects of the art, spending time shadowing tailors while they're working, watching online tutorials and taking apart old garments. 
Having said that, I don't actually own a sewing machine so I do it like the old Italian craftsmen, by hand.

I started by removing all of the canvas and shoulder pads, I took 3/4 of the lining out, pressed the lapel -rolling the top button to the second, opened up the cuffs, tapered the waist and attached new patch inner pockets. The biggest job from the whole project was completely changing the shoulder drape and shape of the crown to a "Spalla Camicia" (Shirt Shoulder) style, taking out some of the width and softening the finish. I'm happy with the end result and can't wait to start my next project...






Jacket - Vintage
Shirt by Oscar Hunt Tailors
Jumper by Sportscraft
Jeans by Luxire
Pocket Square by Kimber
Shoes by Loake Footwear