2013 Year In Review: Hits

Top 5 of 2013Continuing with my 2013 Year In Review posts, I’m happy to present my Top 4 Hits of the year (yes, I only have 4 again).  Yay!  These are the garments I’ve worn the most, enjoy wearing the most, and am most proud of.  They’re the garments that make me feel like a million bucks – confident, stylish, and just a little smug.  : )  Hope you enjoy seeing them all again!

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Handmade items out in the wild

Blazer in the lab 1

The other day at work I had a little down time and discreetly snapped a few photos of myself wearing my new blue polka dot blazer.  How exciting to see handmade garments out in the wild!  The fact that I’m taking photos of my outfits at work probably makes me a little crazy, but hey, you already knew that right?  : )

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Blue polka dot blazer – finished!

Blue polka dot blazer - Simplicity 2446 - finished

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!!!

Project Stats:

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.

Simplicity 2446 pattern art

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.)

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Blazer finishing details: buttons and hems

Blazer progress 3 - button

Time to put the finishing touches on this polka dot blazer!  I have a few more in-progress photos for you today, showing off the buttons in their final locations (as you can see above) and how I finished the jacket and lining hems.  Let’s dive in!

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Blazin’ along with this blazer!

Blazer progress 2 - shell and lining completed

This project is moving right along!  I have a few more in-progress shots for you today, and, dare I say it, this baby is actually starting to look like a real blazer.  I’m totally psyched.  : )

Over the weekend I finished putting the lining pieces together, including setting in the sleeves and attaching the upper collar.  Look, I made 2 nearly identical jackets!  I love the look of a finished, fully lined garment, but it really is double the work.

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Blazer construction = sewing heaven

Blazer progress 1 - entire garment

Blazer construction is in full swing here at Chez Allspice, and let me tell you, this is quite an adventure!  I’m so glad I decided to tackle a more challenging garment because I’m learning so much with each step.  Sometimes it’ll take me an entire hour just to pin a seam, but eventually I’ll get that enlightening moment where I say to myself, “Aha!  That’s what I’m supposed to be doing!”  Don’t you just love it when you achieve sewing enlightenment?  : )

I snapped a few in-progress shots to show you what I’ve been up to.  Please excuse the graininess – I took these at night with my crappy camera.  (My future fancy camera is only a PhD away, haha.)

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Cutting and interfacing and ironing, oh my!

Blazer pieces 1

This blazer is turning out to be quite an odyssey… and I haven’t even sewn a single seam yet!  I finally finished cutting out all the pieces and applying all the interfacing, and man, that took forever.  I didn’t keep track of the time super closely, but I think it was somewhere around 8 hours.  Yup, EIGHT HOURS to cut and interface.  Am I crazy, or is that a really long-ass time??  All I can say is that this f-ing blazer had better be fabulous after all this work, geez!!

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