Shiny Sateen Blazer!

Hi, guys! Happy Almost-Holidays! This time of year I often find myself with functions to go to after work, but I don’t have time to go home and change first. Sometimes I drag a cocktail dress to work and change in the ladies’ room, but I decided that it would be easier (and less stressful!) to make a day-to-night piece that I can toss on top of my work outfit when I feel like getting a little festive.

Cotton sateen blazer made with fabric from Mood Fabrics and Papercut Pattern.

Enter this blazer! I used two black cotton sateens, one very shiny (for the lapels and welts) and one more matte (for the body) to give it a bit of a tuxedo look. I really like cotton sateen– it’s tough and easy to wash, it’s inexpensive, and it’s got that fun shine! (Check out Mood’s huge selection of sateens here!) The shinier sateen had a great deal of stretch to it, but since every piece I was using it for needed to be interfaced, I could get away with it.

Cotton sateen blazer made with fabric from Mood Fabrics and Papercut Pattern.

The blazer is fully lined with a charcoal-colored silk charmeuse (again, Mood has about 1000 varieties of silk charmeuse, so you can definitely find one to match your sateen). There’s just nothing like a lined jacket! It feels so, so luxurious and has such a professional finish!

Cotton sateen blazer made with fabric from Mood Fabrics and Papercut Pattern.

This is the new Papercut Patterns Bellatrix Blazer. I like that it’s a bit different from a traditional blazer pattern with its rounded collar and cinched waist. It closes with one button, and has in-seam welt pockets. Welt pockets can be a little scary, but these are much simpler to sew than normal welt pockets since you don’t have to do that scary part where you slash into your fabric!

Cotton sateen blazer made with fabric from Mood Fabrics and Papercut Pattern.

This sounds insane, but this is my first black blazer! I’ve never owned one before! I feel a little square and boring in it, but I know it will go with so many things in my wardrobe. I definitely feel older and more put-together wearing it, for better or for worse!

Cotton sateen blazer made with fabric from Mood Fabrics and Papercut Pattern.

What’s your favorite way to take an outfit from day to night? What are the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe? Did you sew any special holiday outfits this year?

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Comments


  • Amy
    December 20, 2013

    You look swish. Great work with the two sateens, makes the jacket look very expensive and high end. Happy holidays!!!

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, girl! I think this would look super cute on you!

  • ShanniLoves
    December 20, 2013

    You’ll be so glad you made this, it will go with lots of things!! I wear my black blazer all the time. I didn’t know of this pattern. I’ll have to check it out as I love this style.

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      Ooh, I think this would look really cute on you! You really kill it in blazers!

  • Peter
    December 20, 2013

    I love the tuxedo look and the fit is great. Excellent job!

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, Peter! Perhaps someday we’ll get to see you stitch up a tuxedo?!

  • Amy
    December 20, 2013

    What a lovely use for cotton sateen. And, brilliant idea to pair two blacks together. I am a big fan of blazers, but I’ve yet to really make a classic one like this. I imagine you’ll get lots of use out of it for years to come!

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      I really do think I’ll be wearing this for years! It’s nice to step away from the trendy and go classic sometimes!

  • Kimberly
    December 20, 2013

    That is a beautiful jacket and it looks wonderful on you. My favorite way to go from day to night is with heels, mascara and lipstick. Keep up the good work.

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      That’s a great idea– I’ll definitely have to pair this with some heels! Thanks, Kimberly!

  • Lauren
    December 20, 2013

    I love that you used both shiny and matte fabrics to make this up – very chic! And dude, your hair is looking ON POINT in these pictures!

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, girl! I got bored and chopped it all off! :)

  • Hazel
    December 20, 2013

    This blazer looks amazing, I love the mix of matt and shiny, looks awesome! Andd your hair looks fab in these too :)

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, Hazel! You’re a blazer queen, so that’s a high compliment! I’m still thinking of a fun print blazer after seeing your Victoria!

  • Lori
    December 20, 2013

    I love this Sonja, it looks so fabulous on you. Also, the idea of two fabrics and using the shiny is an excellent idea. Happy Holidays.

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, Lori! I think this would look so cute on you!

  • Wanett
    December 20, 2013

    This is awesome!!! Way to make me want to get started on mine!!

    I’m loving the hair, too!!

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      Do it, dude! This would look so cute on you! I could totally see you in a white version, or maybe yellow?

  • Amanda S.
    December 20, 2013

    Great job on this very fun little jacket! So, so chic and RTW looking. Also, LOVE the new sassy haircut!

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, Amanda! You’re so sweet!

  • oonaballoona
    December 20, 2013

    um, hi sexy lady. you put on some heels. YOU PUT ON SOME HEELS RIGHT NOW.

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      AHAHAHAHA! I definitely overlooked the obvious– heels!!!

  • Qui
    December 20, 2013

    Great blazer–you look terrific! I just used cotton sateen for the first time, and I love it. It’s beautiful and so easy to work with. Your hair is looking awesome too–new cut?

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      Yep, got bored with my hair and chopped it off. :) Cotton sateen is so easy to use but looks so nice– a winner in my book!

  • liza jane
    December 21, 2013

    Ah! It’s fantastic! And I love how you are wearing it with jeans, boots and a tee shirt. You look great. What an awesome piece.

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, lady! I’ll probably be wearing it styled like this most often. :)

  • Vicki Kate
    December 21, 2013

    I adore this! It’s such a classic and gorgeous jacket and I bet you get a ton of use from it!

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, VK! As fun as it is to wear tons of colors, it’s good to have stuff that I can mix and match and don’t have to put lots of thought into before I can wear it!

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)
    December 21, 2013

    This is the first time I’ve seen version 1 of the Bellatrix Blazer made up, all others have made version 2. I really like your Blellatrix and I’m sure you are going to get loads of wear out of it.

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, Sandra! I really like the shorter version for over dresses, but I don’t really like to wear cropped blazers with pants for some reason.

  • Liz
    December 21, 2013

    This is so rock and roll chic – loving this look! I am definitely checking out this pattern in the new year!!

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, Liz! I think this blazer would look awesome on you!

  • Becky
    December 22, 2013

    I love a good black blazer! (And since the only one I currently have is a somewhat cropped military-style one, I just may have to sew another one up for 2014–we’ll see!) Love the look of yours, and I love that you styled it with a t-shirt and jeans!

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      I’m interested to know how you style your cropped blazer! I can never figure out how to wear them. :)

  • Fiona
    December 23, 2013

    Really gorgeous jacket! I was already tempted by this pattern and am even more so now!

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, Fiona! I think this would look really cute on you!

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 23, 2013

    What a great pattern and terrific rendition! You will wear this one day & night! Love it and Merry Christmas :)

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, Sarah! Merry Christmas to you! :)

  • Grace
    December 23, 2013

    My favorite Bellatrix so far!

    • Ginger
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, Grace! :)

  • anne jewell
    January 10, 2014

    sonja, i’m crazy about your blazer! love the smooth collar edges!
    when i know we’re going out after work, i’ll frequently wear a skirt, jacket, and silk shell. then, off with the jacket and on with clear nylons and maybe a bit of jewelry or a metal mesh belt. this is dressy enough for most non-formal events.–anne