Ikat Blazer!

Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well! This month, my project is a fun one! Now, I don’t wear much black, I never wear white, and I DO NOT wear black and white together. I just don’t! But for some reason, this print just called my name and I went with it!

Republique du Chiffon Veste Michelle | Ginger Makes

This is a Theory poly-cotton blend, soft and with lots of drape, that I found at Mood Fabrics NYC. (I don’t really follow designers, so I’m not searching for any specific designer’s fabric at Mood, but I seem to always find and love Theory fabrics! Whoever picks out their textiles is ON POINT! Check out Mood’s collection of Theory fabrics here!) I knew immediately that I wanted to make a statement blazer with it, and I thought the black and white would be fun for spring paired with bright colors. I don’t usually gravitate towards poly-cotton for blazers, but I really liked how it worked for this project- it’s not stiff, it doesn’t crease or wrinkle, but it’s still easy to press. Perfect!

Republique du Chiffon Veste Michelle | Ginger Makes

I picked out the new Michelle pattern from République du Chiffon, a French company with really fashion-forward designs. It’s an easy-wearing, boyfriend-style blazer with a shawl collar and patch pockets (there’s even a teeny-tiny chest pocket!). It’s an oversized style, which probably isn’t the most flattering shape for me, but it keeps things casual for everyday wear.

Republique du Chiffon Veste Michelle | Ginger Makes

A big challenge when you’re working with a print like this is matching it up at the seamlines. In my opinion, you need to cut everything out in a single layer to make sure nothing’s shifting around. It takes time, but the results are worth it. I also always use my walking foot when I’m matching prints to help keep everything lined up. It’s never perfect, but it’s good enough for me- the patch pockets are nearly invisible, and the center back seam is pretty closely matched. But I’ll tell you a little secret: I picked out a lovely silk ikat print for the lining, and after spending an unbelievable amount of time matching up the fabric for the jacket shell, I just didn’t feel like matching the lining!  I grabbed a grey silk from my stash and called it a day. Sometimes you just need a break from all that detail!

Republique du Chiffon Veste Michelle | Ginger Makes

I really enjoy sewing blazers- every time I try a new pattern, I learn new techniques! They’re just so fun to sew! However… this was one of the most difficult projects I’ve taken on in recent months. It wasn’t because of the style, or because of the fabric, but because the instructions for this pattern are entirely in French! My rudimentary French was stretched to the max, and I spent LOTS of time with my French-English dictionary! Wow, what a brain workout!

Republique du Chiffon Veste Michelle | Ginger Makes

I’ve said this before, but I’m a complete blazer addict! I just love how they can dress up any outfit! I really like making statement blazers- they’re so fun to wear! I’m especially excited about this one since it’s a little outside the box for me. I’m looking forward to finding ways to pair this with clothes in my wardrobe.

Republique du Chiffon Veste Michelle | Ginger Makes

How about you? How do you like to wear blazers, if at all? And how do you like to style and accessorize black and white garments? What’s on your sewing table?

Republique du Chiffon Veste Michelle | Ginger Makes

 

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  • True Bias
    May 22, 2014

    you are a blazer machine. love it.

    • Ginger
      May 22, 2014

      Thanks, Kelli! :)

  • anne jewell
    May 22, 2014

    for black-and-white outfits i’ll nearly always add in a colorful scarf so they’re not so stark. if not. then some eye-catching jewelry to give the eye a focal point.–anne

    • Ginger
      May 22, 2014

      That’s a great idea! Thank you!

  • Melanie
    May 22, 2014

    Pattern matching AND sewing in French! That’s intense. I’m more of a cardigan girl as I like stretch in my clothes but I could go a ponti blazer. I love your fabric and I think the plain lining was a tops choice.

    • Ginger
      May 22, 2014

      I need to make a ponte blazer- that sounds so comfortable! I think this pattern would be a good choice for that since the collar just gently folds over (instead of a notched collar or something like that that you’d need to press the heck out of).

  • Sallie
    May 22, 2014

    You are my blazer inspiration! I need to add more of these to my wardrobe! I loved the look of this pattern – but am totally intimidated by French instructions – I took Latin in high school. And I sucked at it. So trying to translate might bring me to my breaking point! But! This is so cool, I’m seriously considering it. Love the print – I would definitely pair it with some brights, and I might even push the oversized silhouette with something like a swingy trapeze-style dress… Lots of options!!!

    • Ginger
      May 22, 2014

      You can do it! I can walk you through it!

  • sewamysew
    May 22, 2014

    Not everyone can pull off this boyfriend style pattern but you totally do especially with this fabric. I’m so tempted to get one of their patterns (of course I want one that they don’t do in English!) I have zero French, do you think it’s madness to attempt?

    • Ginger
      May 22, 2014

      No, I think it’s totally doable! There is a photo tutorial on the RDC blog now that really helps, and you can email me if you get stuck! I should make a second version right away before I forget how I did it, ha!

  • carolyn roemer
    May 22, 2014

    On you this heavily patterned blazer looks great. But no french language patterns for me. In fact the whole out fit looks good. Keep sewing.

    • Ginger
      May 22, 2014

      Thanks, Carolyn! At least the French pattern is better than the time I thought I could figure out a pattern that was in Japanese! That didn’t go well!

      • Helen
        May 24, 2014

        Ha ha yes! Japanese sewing patterns are scary! I really wanted to buy one of those pretty Japanese sewing books but I bought it in French translation as I figured that would be easier!

  • Angela
    May 22, 2014

    Oh man, this is awesome! I actually have some theory cotton-silk stuff that I’ve been considering using for a blazer — I feel like such a little copy cat!

    • Ginger
      May 22, 2014

      Doooooooo it!!!!!!! That sounds delicious for a blazer!

  • Becky
    May 22, 2014

    Great jacket! And it’s very brave of you to take on a more complex pattern in a different language. Love the shirt, too!

    • Ginger
      May 22, 2014

      Thanks, Becky! It was pretty silly to use a pattern in another language, but I loved the style so much!

  • Lori
    May 22, 2014

    I love, love this blazer, the style and the print are just over-the top fantastic! Great job and I am with you love blazers. I am impressed with sewing the French pattern,.

    • Ginger
      May 23, 2014

      Thanks, Lori! I could totally see you in black and white! You look awesome in blazers!

  • oonaballoona
    May 23, 2014

    this would look awesome with that yellow dress i keep meaning to steal……

    • Ginger
      May 23, 2014

      Ooh, I’ll have to pair them together… when you’re not around.

  • Angela
    May 23, 2014

    So so well done, I just love RDC’s patterns, and the fabric that you chose is perfect! I am a printed blazer convert. This black and white will be a nice basic in your wardrobe! Cheers on following the French instructions!

    • Ginger
      May 27, 2014

      Their patterns are just so fun! I have a fun boucle from Mood set aside for the Gerard coat, but I was too slow to get to it before the seasons changed. Oh well, I’ll make it in the fall! :)

  • Peter
    May 23, 2014

    Great choice of fabric for this blazer. And terrific job at pattern-matching! I predict more black and white in your self-sewn wardrobe!

    • Ginger
      May 27, 2014

      Thanks, Peter! Black and white just feels so modern and fresh to me! I’ll definitely be doing more with it!

  • Trisha
    May 23, 2014

    So cute! I have been searching for the perfect black and white ikat to make a blazer with. Seems like the perfect item for summer!

    • Ginger
      May 27, 2014

      They still had this fabric in the store when I was there last- give ‘em a call! :)

  • Helen
    May 24, 2014

    Great blazer and I do like the simple lines of the pattern. It works so well with a print.

    • Ginger
      May 27, 2014

      Thanks, Helen! I suspect I would find this style boring in a solid, but it’s a great shape for a fun print!

  • Fiona
    May 24, 2014

    You look so great in a blazer Sonja, and this one in particular! I LOVE that print and you did an awesome job with the matching.

    • Ginger
      May 27, 2014

      Thanks, Fiona! It’s so worth the time it takes to match prints up! :)

  • Liz
    May 26, 2014

    You rock the boxy blazer well!!
    I’m the same, never do black and white together for some reason, I can’t pinpoint the reason though. It seems to go with everything, perhaps I should make an effort :)
    This would also look brilliant with a black roll neck and black leggings and high boots, and then a statement handbag in yellow (yeah I know totally not my normal look at all!!)

    • Ginger
      May 27, 2014

      Ooh, I love your styling ideas! Yellow would be super fun with this!

  • Goodbye Valentino
    May 27, 2014

    I need to start sewing blazers. Yours is adorable and you look great in Black & White! Love this cute pattern company too :)

  • Cennetta
    June 5, 2014

    Great looking jacket. Like Sarah and Sallie I need to beef up my jacket collection.

  • Your blazer looks impeccable to me. I barely ever leave the house without some kind of blazer or jacket. To me, it completes the outfit (and hides a multitude of sins). My body type needs structure and a jacket is the answer! Merci pour l’inspiration.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    June 13, 2014

    Jackets…. so addictive… now I want to make another one! Blazer me up!