After about a month of work, I’m thrilled to show you my finished Summer Blazer!
Isn’t she a beauty? 🙂 Made of breathable cotton and fully lined in silky Bemberg rayon, this light jacket is the perfect companion for summer days with just a hint of a cool breeze.
Pattern: Simplicity 2446, a classic-cut, fully lined blazer in 2 lengths. This is the cropped version, more or less.
Fabric: The shell is a medium weight cotton print, and the lining is Bemberg rayon (my absolute favorite lining fabric).
Modifications: A bunch of fitting alterations, made for my first blazer. For this version, I chopped 4.5 inches off the hem but left all my other modifications in tact.
Level of crafty satisfaction: I have to admit, I’m feeling pretty smug about this one. 🙂
Before I throw a bunch more photos at you, a few quick notes:
- I wrote two in-progress posts about this blazer (Part 1 and Part 2), featuring close-up photos of all the details and diving into construction and finishing techniques. Check them out for all the nitty-gritty.
- For all my posts on Simplicity 2446, including my first blazer, click here.
- The white fabric is a killer to photograph outdoors, but I’ve included some indoor shots at the end of this post so you can see the details of the print.
All right, it’s picture time!
I’ve allowed a generous amount of ease through the upper back so that I can comfortably move my arms forward, but the jacket is quite fitted at the waist.
From the side view, here with the blazer buttoned, you can really see how the jacket nips in at the back waist. I think that area is one of my better features, so I like to highlight it!
Unbuttoned, the front of the blazer really sticks out at the waist. It’s quite heavily interfaced along the front opening, but I’m hoping it’ll soften up a bit with wear. What do you think of the 3 silver buttons on the sleeves? I really dig them. 🙂
I only put one button on the front of the blazer. I debated adding 1-2 more, but it’s hot and humid in Boston these days, and I didn’t want to make another long walk to the store! I think it’s ok with just one anyway.
Flashing the lining! The yellow piping detail is such a nice touch, I think. I got the idea from one of the “amazing tips” in the pattern. This Amazing Fit pattern not only includes a bunch of tips on getting a good fit, but also includes some ideas for making the jacket look a bit more professional. If you’re new to jacket sewing and want to dive in head first, this pattern is a good place to start.
Some photos indoors on the hanger:
This fairly contoured garment looks a bit lumpy and limp without a body to fill it out, but at least the white fabric isn’t as washed out here as it was in the outdoor shots.
The only change in the lining from my last post is that I finished hand sewing the jacket hem. Except for knits, I prefer to hand sew all my hems. It takes a bit longer, but I’m always pleased with how invisible the stitching is on the outside of the garment.
Adding the back lining pleat to this blazer was a huge improvement over my previous one. I have a broad upper back, and the extra wiggle room makes a big difference! The pleat isn’t included in the pattern, but it’s easy to draft your own: just add width to the center back.
Well folks, that’s about it! I’ve included this ridiculous pose at the end because I actually make this bug-eyed face in real life all the time, for some unknown reason. I’m a little kooky, what can I say?
Many thanks to John, boyfriend extraordinaire, for taking the outdoor photos. Isn’t he the best? 🙂
I’ll leave you with this: If you’re at all apprehensive about sewing a blazer, take it from me, you can do it. I dove in head first with absolutely no blazer-sewing knowledge on my first one, and somehow I figured it all out. Follow the instructions, Google things you need more help with, and just go for it! This blazer, my second one, is still far from perfect. But you know what? It fits WAY better than any RTW blazer I’ve ever owned, and I’m pretty damn proud of that. Yay sewing!