Electric Blue Neoprene Blazer!

Hi, guys! Hope everyone is well! Let’s talk for a minute about fabric fads. Sometimes a fabric seems to get popular overnight and show up everywhere all at once! Neoprene is one of those fabrics. It’s suddenly everywhere! I’ve been curious about it for a while, but I’ve mostly seen it used for bodycon dresses or skirts and that’s just not my cup of tea. But when I saw this bright blue Alexander Wang neoprene at Mood NYC, I had one thought: BLAZER! (Check out Mood’s selection of neoprene here!)

Now, neoprene is an unusual choice for a blazer, but I thought it would be fun to try for this particular style since it’s pretty streamlined. I figured it would make for a fun experiment! Now, before I sew with a new fabric type, I like to stitch samples to make sure I have good results. I had best results using my walking foot and a 75/11 ballpoint needle. Since the fabric is pretty thick, I had to lengthen my stitches a bit to get them to a normal size. I found that the fabric layers slipped a bit as I sewed, so I had to sew slowly and use lots of pins. I tested out binding the seams, but in the end decided to reduce bulk by just leaving them unfinished.

I interfaced the facing pieces with a lightweight tricot fusible (don’t worry- I fused a sample piece first to make sure nothing would melt!). But pressing is pointless on neoprene, so I topstitched the seam allowances down. I actually love how this looks- it gives the jacket a sporty feel. And when I needed to turn under the seam allowances of the facings, I machine stitched on the fold line so the perforations would help me make a crisp fold. The only place I ran into trouble was at the sleeve head. There’s no way to topstitch that seam, so I opted to catch stitch the seam allowances down. You can see slight indentations from the stitches on the right side, like a blind hem, but that looks much better than a mushy seam!

I used the brand-new Morris Blazer pattern from Grainline Studio, which is unlined and doesn’t have pockets, so I didn’t have to worry too much about bulk. As you can see, the lapels have lots of body in this fabric. I actually kinda like how that looks, but if I ever change my mind, I could anchor the lapels in place with a couple of teeny stitches. The stretch content makes this the most comfortable blazer in my closet, but it still looks pretty sharp, in my opinion!

My favorite thing about this, far and away, is the color! It’s such a fun blue! Surprisingly, it works with quite a few things in my wardrobe, so I should get to wear it lots! Yay!

OK, guys- neoprene. Have you ever sewed with it? If you haven’t, are you tempted to give it a try? Are there any fabric fads that you’re excited to check out?

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Comments


  • Goodbye Valentino
    April 27, 2015

    What a cute blazer! I haven’t sewn with neoprene but I’m going to now 🙂

    • Ginger Makes
      April 27, 2015

      It’s really, really fun! It takes a little thinking since you can’t do anything that needs a lot of steam shaping, but it’s rewarding when you figure out how to use it!

  • Lauren
    April 27, 2015

    I have not understood the neoprene fad one bit, but you’re making me rethink it for sure – especially as a blazer! I LOVE that color on you so much!!!

    • Ginger Makes
      April 27, 2015

      I know what you mean- it’s sort of hard to think of ways to use it if you’re not into fitted sheath dresses or pencil skirts! But it’s pretty fun to topstitch… I bet you would like sewing with it!

  • sallie
    April 27, 2015

    Super cute! I love the color on you! I bought some neoprene from Mood this winter and it was WAY thicker than I expected it to be! I have no idea what to do with it – save for scuba gear, but that just doesn’t seem very practical. But I love the body and versatility of these lighter weight neoprenes.

    • Ginger Makes
      April 27, 2015

      This stuff is pretty think and would totally make you sweaty in warm weather… probably not very good for south Texas!

  • Erica B.
    April 27, 2015

    I love neoprene and I love your jacket! It’s pretty awesome!

    • Ginger Makes
      April 27, 2015

      Your neoprene dress is so cool! I can see why you love it!

  • Becky
    April 27, 2015

    Fun color! I haven’t tried neoprene yet– like you, I don’t really see a need for bodycon type dresses in my wardrobe (especially now, lol!) But some kind of jacket would definitely be my cup of tea. Maybe I’ll get around to trying it one of these days, once I use up enough stuff that I already have that I feel like I can justify buying some fabric again!

    • Ginger Makes
      April 27, 2015

      I know what you mean… I’ve got fabric piled up everywhere right now! I just love fabric so much!

  • Amanda S.
    April 27, 2015

    What a great color on you! I love neoprene for a jacket, and this one is super cute. Scuba knit is about as close to sewing with neoprene as I’ve come.

    • Ginger Makes
      April 28, 2015

      Thank you, Amanda! To be honest, I’m not sure what the difference is between neoprene and scuba knit!! Oops!

  • Lori
    April 27, 2015

    What a great color and perfect use of the fabric. You work fast as the pattern was just released.

    • Ginger Makes
      April 28, 2015

      It comes together very quickly! And I was excited to try it. 😀

  • elaineoc
    April 27, 2015

    I love neoprene but never thought about using it for a blazer – this looks fab. I’m looking forward to trying this pattern! The colour of this fabric is gorgeous.

    • Ginger Makes
      April 28, 2015

      Ooh, happy sewing! It’s a nice, quick sew!

  • Rachel
    April 27, 2015

    Oh so fun! I haven’t ventured into the neoprene world as yet! But I have purchased some with the view of making some fun crop tops!!! I love it in the blazer though …

    • Ginger Makes
      April 28, 2015

      Ooh, crop tops! Stellar idea!!!!!

  • Amy
    April 27, 2015

    I haven’t tried any neoprene, but I’ve been thinking of ordering a swatch with my next purchase since Mood has so many fun colors! I just love it as a blazer. Didn’t Oona do something like this, too? Seems like a great way to get a lot of use out of a popular fabric. I could imagine wearing this very often!

    • Ginger Makes
      April 28, 2015

      You totally should! I bet you would love the challenge of working with it! And now that you mention it, I think she did make some sort of cropped jacket with neoprene, maybe double-sided in grey and neon yellow?

  • Peter
    April 28, 2015

    That is an incredibly cute blazer — the color really is fantastic. I pass the neoprene aisle often at Mood: maybe it’s time to give it a try!

    • Ginger Makes
      April 28, 2015

      Thanks, Peter! You should give it a try! My husband really liked the fabric and wants me to make him a fitted jacket for skiing… I could see it working really well for a vintage track jacket pattern or something similar!

  • Fiona
    April 29, 2015

    What a stunning colour! Really cute outfit too Sonja! I’ve held off from sewing neoprene as I wasn’t sure what to expect from it or what to make from it but all your tips and info are really useful and have given me the confidence to give it a try so thanks!

  • Cennetta
    April 30, 2015

    Cute blazer, Ginger! And I simply love neoprene. It’s the best.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    May 3, 2015

    I haven’t tried neoprene – I’ve patted it a lot in the shops but never quite decided what to do with it! Looks like you figured that out quite beautifully.