Floral Jacket

Mood Fabric's floral cotton fabric, making a trendy floral blazer using Simplicity 1167

 

It is August, summer is winding down and I am frantically sewing.  Particularly,  those last few summer projects I really want to finish before fall gets here.  Anyone else like that?  A floral blazer has been on my list since May and I found the perfect fabric, Mood Fabrics’ Blue/White Floral Pique.  The fabric is all cotton and was a dream to sew.  If that floral isn’t quite your colors, Mood Fabrics has so many great florals.  For the lining, I went with this aqua charmeuse but used the  matte side on my jacket.    I love the shiny side of the charmeuse but with the busy floral print, I liked the matte side better.

Mood Fabric's floral cotton fabric, making a trendy floral blazer using Simplicity 1167

Now that I had the fabric in hand, I had to find the right pattern and there are so many great blazer patterns, making it a hard decision.  I went with Simplicity 1167, just for the style and shape.  One thing I did like was the front lapels and no collar, which seemed a nice simple jacket for my floral print.

Mood Fabric's floral cotton fabric, making a trendy floral blazer using Simplicity 1167

 

The jacket is easy to construct, with nice details. The front flaps, some extra pieces on the lapel and side pockets all add nice extras to the look of the jacket.  I added one inch to the sleeves and they still are a bit short, a fact that isn’t too noticeable  with the turned up sleeves.  The pattern does have several pieces, a front inset which is hidden by the front lapels, a small inset piece on the facing, to name a couple extra ones.  Just take a look at the line drawing to get an idea of these pieces, although it doesn’t accurately show the front  inset piece.

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and here is a close up of the lapel

Mood Fabric's floral cotton fabric, making a trendy floral blazer using Simplicity 1167

I did like the partial lining, it made my project quicker for my feverish final sewing push.  The sleeves are also lined and treated as one when you attach the the jacket.  All the seams are finished with my serger.  This might not be the finish of choice for some but I evaluate each project.  Trendy or timeless?  If it is trendy and maybe a short lived fashion life, I go with the quicker finish methods.  Now if the project gets the timeless vote, I will use a full lining or special seam finishes,  add the extra interfacing, pad stitching, etc.  You get the picture.

Mood Fabrics' Charmeuse lining for Simplicity 1167

One thing I found sewing the pattern, Mimi’s instructions (this is a a Mimi G pattern) really speak to me.  Her instructions are well-written and provide additional information but the biggest thing is she sews like me.  The order of construction and the way she handles the interfacing.  I never cut all my interfacing out at once, instead cut it as I need it.  Then after cutting, I fuse that one piece of interfacing to that pattern piece.  Well, this is exactly how the Mimi instructions were, you get to the collar piece and it tells you to fuse the interfacing.  This really appealed to me and I said to myself, Mimi thinks like me, I really like this!

Mood Fabric's floral cotton fabric, making a trendy floral blazer using Simplicity 1167

In the instructions, Mimi refers to the jacket as a boyfriend blazer and you can put on the buttonhole either side.  I went with the traditional side for a buttonhole.  Boyfriend part of the description is part that might not be too accurate.  I feel like a boyfriend garment is a bit oversized, I don’t feel that way at all about this pattern.  It does not have much ease and isn’t too long on me.  If you are going for that boyfriend look, then size up.  I went with a size 12 at the shoulders and split the difference between a 12 and 14 and the bust and back to a 12 at the waist.

Mood Fabric's floral cotton fabric, making a trendy floral blazer using Simplicity 1167

 

Now back to the fabric, the floral pique, I love this fabric.  I haven’t sewn with cotton pique in several years but I really enjoyed  working with this fabric.   My only recommendation is a new needle.

I am so happy I went to work on this jacket, the colors are fabulous and I love to wear blue.  Plus I had a RTW top in the perfect blue to match my floral blazer.  One thing I do like about sewing up those last minute garments for a season,  they are a true wardrobe refresh for the last few weeks.

Mood Fabric's floral cotton fabric, making a trendy floral blazer using Simplicity 1167

I hope you finish your last minute projects and I am heading back to finish a couple more!

Picture note – I went to a public garden in my town, I thought  a perfect setting for a floral garment

 

 

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Comments


  • Grace Rutherford
    August 23, 2016

    Love this!! It’s gorgeous!!!

    • Lori
      August 25, 2016

      Thank you, Grace

  • Peter
    August 23, 2016

    Love your choice of fabric for this blazer. The floral is so lovely and the pique texture adds even more visual interest. Beautiful job!

    • Lori
      August 25, 2016

      Thanks so much, Peter, the fabric is just gorgeous

  • Peggy Mead
    August 23, 2016

    Wow! That jacket fits you so well. I’ve been meaning to make a fitted blazer but haven’t found the time. I may look into that one. Nice work!

    • Lori
      August 25, 2016

      Thanks, Peggy, it is a nice pattern and style

  • Hélène Martin
    August 23, 2016

    What a stunning blazer and perfect location for pictures! I love how you described the instructions — so true that when there’s a set that works it can really feel like the author is a mind-reader.

    • Lori
      August 25, 2016

      Thank you so much, I was so thrilled with the instructions as I thought I was the only one to sew this way!

  • Laurie
    August 23, 2016

    What a wonderful project! Your sewing skills are formidable but your pressing ability is, to me, the best. Do you have anything special that you can share with us?

    • Lori
      August 25, 2016

      Thanks, Laurie, great name by the way, from a Lori. And I appreciate your pressing comments. I think it is all in the correct tools. I have a nice steam iron and I use the steam! A press cloth, ham, sleeve board are all important too. I think Threads Magazine has some nice pressing videos available.

  • Clare
    August 24, 2016

    Great pattern! I never think to look at Simplicity patterns. I have been looking out for a good blazer pattern in Vogue/Butterick/McCalls.

    • Lori
      August 25, 2016

      Thanks, Clare, in my early blogging years, I sewed almost only Simplicity and now it is BMV and independents but I have been looking and buying Simplicity more lately.

  • Sallieoh
    August 24, 2016

    Beautiful jacket! And the photos are simply stunning!!

    • Lori
      August 25, 2016

      Thank you, Sallieoh, it is such a pretty place, I need to go there more often for pictures.

  • Sarah Gunn
    August 26, 2016

    Marvelous summer jacket, Lori! The lining is perfect and together with the top makes a beautiful ensemble 🙂

    • Lori
      August 29, 2016

      Thank you, Sarah, I was thrilled when I had the perfect RTW top in my closet.

  • Idle Fancy
    August 26, 2016

    This is sensational, Lori! I love the classic blazer paired with such a fun fabric. What a great idea!

    • Lori
      August 29, 2016

      Thanks so much, it was a fun look to sew.

  • Fiona
    September 1, 2016

    I absolutely understand the mad end of summer got to finish my list rush! This is absolutely beautiful Lori. A great outfit and colour on you. The fabric looks exquisite, great choice!

    • Lori
      September 3, 2016

      Thank you, Fiona, and as always I will leave somethings to sew next summer!