I am absolutely thrilled to present my finished blue polka dot blazer!!! Ahhhh!!! : ) This project is truly my sewing masterpiece. It was a ton of work and took over a month to complete, and I’m so proud of myself for tackling (and completing!) a more complex and technically challenging garment. And not only did I finish it, but I think it looks awesome! I really couldn’t be happier with the final result. Woo hoo, yay blazers!!!
Pattern: Simplicity 2446, classic tailored blazer. I cut View A (longer version), size 12, A cup.
Fabric: Blue polka dot cotton; lining is an inexpensive polyester lining fabric.
Modifications: Lots of tweaks, summarized in the in-progress fitting posts. Major adjustments include adding length at the bust and waist (typical since I’m 5’8″), lengthening the sleeves (total of 2.25″ added!), letting out the back princess seams in the upper back for my wide shoulders, taking in the back princess seams in the lower back to define my waist, and finishing the lining with a hand-sewn and folded hem on the jacket and sleeves.
Level of crafty satisfaction: Super proud of this one!! Feeling very smug and awesome. : )
To see all the in-progress posts, including muslins, fitting, and construction, click here. The individual posts contain more close up images and descriptions of the details of the blazer, including the lapels, hems, sleeve cuffs and vents, etc.
Lots more photos below – I always get carried away during these photo shoots! : ) (Please excuse the wet hair and lack of makeup. I’m lazy like that.)
Gotta love the pockets. You can’t see it here, but the pocket bags are pink. Cute! Check them out in this post.
Look how nice and looooong those sleeves are – I love it!! RTW sleeves are always, always too short on me, and I get annoyed in the cold weather when my sleeves are hitting 2 inches above my wrists and the cold air is seeping in. Screw that!
I made a lot of fitting adjustments in the back, and I’m pretty proud of how it all came out. You can see a bit of excess fabric in the shoulders, but I wanted the extra room for when I move my arms forward (you know, when blazers typically cut off the circulation in your arms and make you feel all stiff and uncomfortable).
It’s still a little tight when my arms are forward, as you can tell by the straining in the upper back area, but it’s way more roomy and comfortable than any RTW blazer I’ve ever owned. I also let out the front armholes a bit to give me a little more wiggle room in this position. I think next time I’ll make a pleat in the back lining to increase roominess even more.
All buttoned up! I left the second button unbuttoned here since I don’t think I’ll use it much during actual wear.
Ooh la la! Flashing the lining! I really love how it came out, especially that pink stripe between the lining and the front facing. And yes, I wore that pink tank top specifically to match the stripe. : )
Popping the collar. I’m not sure I have the attitude to wear it like this in public, but maybe one day if I’m feeling particularly awesome…
Here’s my cheesy “smiling for the camera” face. Ignoring the cheesiness, I just can’t get over how great I look in this blazer!! Ahhh sewing euphoria!!
And here’s the blazer inside out so you can see the lining. I think it looks pretty professional, particularly the folded and pressed hems (see this post for close up photos).
This image shows the color really well, and you can also see how crisp the lapels came out. Lots of interfacing in those babies!
I really can’t describe how smug I’m feeling about this blazer! I learned so much during the fitting and construction process, and I’m excited to tackle even more challenging projects in the future. Maybe another blazer, this time with interior pockets and a back vent? Maybe a nice wool with silk lining? Oooh, I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about it!
I hope you enjoyed following the progress of this project over the past month or so, and thanks for indulging me in all the photos today. Now go make yourself a kick-ass blazer!! : )