floral leaves dies

Floral and Leaf Blazer

Posted on May 23rd, 2016 in Crafts, Fashion

paper flowersI’ve been in a floral clothing kick this spring, so when I received my Sizzix dies this month for Eileen Hull’s Inspiration Team challenge, I decided I’d “make it work” with my floral fashion craze. This black and white blazer was inspired by a suit I spotted from one of my favorite designers, Thom Browne. And the Sizzix Bigz – Flower Romance and Sizzix Bigz – Leaves/Spring dies were perfect to make over a basic Uniqlo blazer I had in the closet. floral blazer

Here are the two dies I used. sizzix_dies

I had several yards of black and white menswear fabrics in my studio – houndstooth, glen plaid, etc. — so I didn’t even need to buy any fabric. I’m not sure why I had all that fabric. But my fellow fabric hoarders out there can feel me, right? First, I ironed on some paper-backed double-sided adhesive to the wrong side of the fabric.blazer2Having the paper backing really helped the fabric go through my Sizzix Big Shot, and I made a bunch of flowers and leaves. And with the scraps I cut some curved stems that I decided I would add.blazer3Then I peeled off the paper backing and made a design on the blazer a section at a time. I played around a lot with the placement of the flowers until I was happy. floral jacketI pressed down on the iron according to the package instructions of the adhesive interfacing. And I went all around the blazer, starting at the front, then the sleeves, and then the back. Part of the look of the blazer was a lot of overlapping of patterns. From far away the flowers and leaves look grey. But close up, you see all the variations.floral blazerI love how the patterns and the colors of this blazer are so traditional and “serious,” but put together in such an unexpected way with the flowers, there’s so much whimsy to it. floral blazerfloral jacketjacket backblazer sideblazer closeup


  1. Tracy Evans says:

    Absolutely inspired use of Eileen’s Dies. Fantastic idea. beautifully executed. Tracy x

  2. Eileen hull says:

    You are truly an inspiration Jonathan! How I would love to see inside your brain 😘 Fantastic project! And welcome to the team!

    • admin says:

      Thanks Eileen. Glad to be in your posse.

      • Julia Aston says:

        I was wondering just how you did this Jonathan! I thought from the photo that the flowers were white – but how fun to see they are all different plaids – what a lot of thought you put into placement – this looks so cool and wonderful on you! So very creative!

  3. Anna-Karin says:

    This is fabulous Jonathan!! So cool and what a fantastic idea for those dies. I also really like the mix of patterns.

  4. Roberta Birnbaum says:

    Fantastic, Jonathan!

  5. Jess B says:

    Love love love….. did i say love already 😉

  6. You rock Jonathan! Fabulous use of diecuts! 🙂

  7. Jonathan you did a fantastic job on this blazer! I love the placement of the patterns, just fabulous!
    You ROCK!!!

  8. Anne Redfern says:

    Jonathan, this has to be one of the best ways I have ever seen Eileen’s fabulous dies being used! As a serial fabric hoarder, I can totally understand why you had so much fabric stashed away too….. Love the mix of fabrics and also love how you matched up on the collar and lapels. Altogether fabulous! A huge welcome to the team too! Anne x

    • admin says:

      Thanks Anne! It was really fun mixing and matching all the individual pieces of Eileen’s dies. So happy to be part of this amazing team!

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