A Stripey short sleeved Blazer

oonaballoona | mood fabrics | designer knit blazer

Lately, all I want to make is outerwear (though really, isn’t everything except underwear outerwear?).

oonaballoona | mood fabrics | designer knit blazer

Though I easily permit myself benders of neverending party dresses, I’ve been having a hard time accepting the desire to stitch coats and jackets and blazers. Usually around this time of year, I’m making warm weather dresses, and lamenting the fact that I HAVE NOTHING APPROPRIATE TO WEAR.

This is my third topper in the new year, and I fought it all the way. The great stripey yardage stared at me acusingly until I zigzagged and fringed the length, intending it as a winter wrap. Which, come on. WAY TO SEW OONA. Not that there’s anything wrong with making up a scarf, but those stripes were positively sticking out their collective tongue at me. Taunting me. Inviting me to the school yard at 3 o’clock.

oonaballoona | mood fabrics | designer knit blazer

I accepted the challenge, and was almost sent home with a bruised ego. Especially on the sleeves, which I set a full six times. A millimeter off made my eye twitch like I was getting sucker punched.

There are a lot of markings on this vintage Butterick pattern (I’ll need to dig it back out to find the number, went through a kamikaze cleaning on Superbowl Sunday). You’re required to ease the armysce of both the sleeve and the bodice at different points, and since I interfaced the whole shebang with some crazy pink fusible stuff in my stash, I couldn’t see the stripes whilst pinning.

oonaballoona | mood fabrics | designer knit blazer

AND THERE ARE A LOT OF STRIPES TO SEE.

oonaballoona | mood fabrics | designer knit blazer

I chose to line her up with this Caroline Herrera bird silk twill. CRAZY BIRDS! I had visions of a maxi skirt for this, but in my opinion the fabric is actually much lighter in weight than the description suggests. Still, a beautiful fabric, but the twill aspect really doesn’t give it the body I would think of. Once I accepted that, I realized I could, for once, have a fun lining– I NEVER prepare for linings, I usually grab some cheap poly mystery fabric.

Is it weird that silk birds make me feel classy?

oonaballoona | mood fabrics | designer knit blazer

 

I think they might be pigeons. Does that affect your opinion?

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Comments


  • Mary Beth
    February 4, 2015

    Wowza. This is sharp. The fit, the stripes, the lining, everything. I’ll bet you’ll wear this short-sleeve blazer straight through spring. A great layering piece for sure!

    • oonaballoona
      February 4, 2015

      thanks m’lady! i’m really trying to get more layering going on. one cannot live on party dresses alone…

  • Erica B.
    February 4, 2015

    This is so cute!

    • oonaballoona
      February 4, 2015

      thank you devil with a blue dress! that dress is HOT!

  • Stylememary
    February 4, 2015

    Love it! Looks like it was pieced by someone with a quilter’s eye! ;)

    • oonaballoona
      February 4, 2015

      HAHAAAAAA you get away from me, devil!! ;)

  • LinB
    February 4, 2015

    Rock doves. They look like rock doves (another name for pigeons, which for some reason sounds classier. Pigeons are polyester, rock doves are silken.)

    • oonaballoona
      February 4, 2015

      YES. i totally want ROCK DOVES. pigeons are so polyester, you’ve hit the difference perfectly.

  • Ginger
    February 4, 2015

    Pigeon frenzy on your back!!!!! This is such a fun way to use those stripes… glad you went for it!

    • oonaballoona
      February 4, 2015

      it’s a hitchcock movie all up in there!!!

  • carolyn roemer
    February 4, 2015

    Cute pattern and masterful execution . I like it a lot. And the sleeves look great.

    • oonaballoona
      February 4, 2015

      thank you so much carolyn! i must admit i’m happy about those sleeves (even though they are a TEENSY bit off…)

  • SarahStar
    February 4, 2015

    Wow that’s one FUNKY blazer! Your stripe matching skills are awesome (as ever), I’m loving that back seam! And what a lining (Rock doves definitely sound more ‘you’). Fab fab FAB!

    • oonaballoona
      February 4, 2015

      thank you :)
      it’s a very prince-like description, no? leave it to LinB to nail it!

      • LinB
        February 5, 2015

        • LinB
          February 6, 2015

          BLUSH

  • Grace
    February 4, 2015

    Oh, this is so gorgeous, and totally practical! I love the pigeon lining.

    • oonaballoona
      February 4, 2015

      my god…i’m doing practical things. HAND ME MY COCKTAIL….

      wonder if i could get ruggy to come up with a rock-dove-tail?

  • Sheridan
    February 4, 2015

    So amazing!! Love the stuff you make it’s totally out there! In a good way of course!

    • oonaballoona
      February 4, 2015

      haha! i will totally take that as a compliment!

  • Venita
    February 4, 2015

    That coat is amazing. My daughter bought me 2 yards of the same fabric for xmas from Mood’s in NY. I’ve been staring at it not sure of what to do…now I know!

    Venita

    • oonaballoona
      February 4, 2015

      make sure you interface if you go for a structured blazer! it’s so nice and drapey, this stuff. interfacing it really turned it into blazer yardage :) by the way, awesome daughter you have there!

  • Margo
    February 4, 2015

    Once again you have made something totally amazing! I love this blazer. The fact that you made it short sleeve is something I would not have thought to do but it is perfect…..just perfect.

    • oonaballoona
      February 10, 2015

      thanks margo! i actually went for short sleeves mainly because i thought i might be getting into clownsville if i had those stripes all the way down to my wrists :)

  • Sewnaptural
    February 4, 2015

    SO HOT and….. CREATIVE!!! Master Quilter!!

    • oonaballoona
      February 10, 2015

      haha!!! that’s me!! thankya.

  • Lori
    February 4, 2015

    Stunning coat and it looks fabulous!

  • Becky
    February 5, 2015

    For not being able to see the stripes, you did an exceptional job of matching them! I’m looking forward to seeing how you mix this in with future dresses and such. :)

    • oonaballoona
      February 10, 2015

      oooh you know, i never thought of pairing this with a dress. (being a rookie to sewing things that can actually coordinate with OTHER THINGS, and all….)

  • Cissie
    February 5, 2015

    Really really cute. Love the lines on this, especially the neck. Shame on you for tempting me with a pattern I can’t have!! The lining is perfect — but that means you’ll have to take this off all the time so that you can show it off!

    • oonaballoona
      February 10, 2015

      ah, maybe you can dig one up on ebay! it really is a great pattern. showing off the guts in public? don’t put it past me! ;)

  • Ita
    February 5, 2015

    You definitely triumphed in this project – this is stunning! Wear it in good health!

  • Shannon
    February 5, 2015

    Between underwear and outerwear there is just… wear. Great blazer!

  • sallie
    February 5, 2015

    Oh I love this! What an elegant and fun little topper! Those orange stripes and those birds…!!

    • oonaballoona
      February 10, 2015

      thanks sallie! i kind of want to see it with your marc jacobs skirt :)

  • Sally
    February 5, 2015

    I’ve been following your blog for a long time, and I can say, you are the best sewer/seamstress, dressmaker and often designer I’ve ever seen. Yes, I know there are others. but you are the best I’ve seen with your attention to detail and variety of garments and flair . (I have left out professionals because who cares about them?) Plus, you look very good wearing your wear. Thanks for your inspiration.

    • oonaballoona
      February 10, 2015

      sally, thank you so much! what an astonishing compliment! i will continue to wear my wear happily :)

  • Cennetta
    February 5, 2015

    Morning Marcy,
    That is one super cute jacket. Love it. Great job on the construction.

    • oonaballoona
      February 10, 2015

      thank you cennetta! and thank you for noticing the construction :)

  • Juju Gago
    February 5, 2015

    Oona, this is SO fantastic
    SO so SOOO good.
    you’re becoming like phd seamstress

    applause! and kisses, even if they’re pigeons

    • oonaballoona
      February 10, 2015

      phd seamstress!! i love it!! thank you juju.

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)
    February 5, 2015

    How cute is your jacket, and the lining just makes me smile. Love it!

    • oonaballoona
      February 10, 2015

      i’m beginning to think linings should always make one smile. laugh, even!

  • Christine Haynes
    February 5, 2015

    OH MY GOODNESS lady! This jacket is beyond amazing. And the lining? What the what?! Perfection. xoxo

  • Stacey Manon
    February 6, 2015

    Oona! You are amazing! Love your fabric choice and I’m not sure I could have imagined it ending up a blazer. I’ve been a fan for a while. I never leave comments on anyone’s blog. But you deserve an applause! I know when I see the Butterick pattern cover it will not live up to your blazer.

    • oonaballoona
      February 10, 2015

      thank you stacey!! admittedly, the cover does leave one wanting…especially considering it was printed blurry! HA.

  • Jennifer
    February 6, 2015

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I hate the fabric is sold out :(

    • oonaballoona
      February 10, 2015

      ugh, i know. i was in store yesterday and they had it, also in a blue colorway. you might try calling and asking for it, if it really has your brain!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    February 7, 2015

    WOW! I always look forward to your projects, they are so fun and imaginative. However this is stand-out for me – I just adore it. Perfect.

  • Kelly
    February 7, 2015

    Love it. An attention grabber.

    • oonaballoona
      February 10, 2015

      thank kelly! i think that might be a key descriptor of what i like to sew….

  • Amanda
    February 11, 2015

    It’s crazy weird how sometimes you sew in a bit of a bubble and then when you go back online the rest of the sewing blogger network is doing the same thing!! I started my year with a trouser frenzy, and now I’m all up in the outerwear – two planned for this season and at least two for the latter part of the year. Think of it this way – those chic new jackets can totally transform last year’s party dresses so you’re effectively making a whole new outfit! ;)

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 11, 2015

    Oonaballoona, I adore this! You make all of your fabrics come to life :)

  • Fiona
    February 12, 2015

    This is so beautifully made! All those different stripes must have sure given you a headache! You’ve got me itching to challenge myself with a bit of outerwear now!

  • montreal1
    February 27, 2015

    This is gorgeous. Any chance you might dig up that Butterick pattern number? Please? I would love to see the line drawing on that one. Thank you and fyi I drool on almost everything you make!