I have been looking at striped blazers for about a month now–just search “stripe knit blazer” on Pinterest and it yields many results. From the traditional navy-white/cream to red/navy and green/navy color combination, to varying lengths to the treatment of the label/front finishes, the choices are limitless for this stylish blazer.
I purchased Navy Stripes Nautical Double-faced Cotton-blend Jersey with the one thought, “I love this fabric!” After my order came from Mood Fabrics, I noticed my navy ponte (from my first Mood Sewing Network post) matched perfectly. That is when we fashion sewers just start planning and picturing ideas. I looked at all the lines of the blazers from Pinterest and decided on McCall’s 6711:
Some of the changes I made was adding the piping at the princess seam, using the navy ponte to bind the front, collar and sleeves. The fabrics worked great together and the color match was perfect. I did not line this blazer, as I wanted to have the benefit of the double-faced fabric. Just take a look, the rolled-up sleeves look fantastic with the reverse showing:
I did a French seam on the sleeves and that keeps the seam nice and neat.
The top is from this same McCall’s pattern and I used Mood’s Red Solid Jersey, which sews up beautifully. The jersey is a nice weight, with a rayon blend but no cling that you sometimes get with rayon. The pattern runs full, so take that in mind when making this top.
For the blazer, I basted the front and the facings wrong sides together. Then I trimmed off the 5/8″ seam allowance, as I was just binding the edges. The McCall’s pattern just meets in the middle, with an allowance for buttonholes. I added a large hook and eye with buttons on each side.
The back of the jacket has nice long darts for waist shaping and darts and the shoulder for more shaping.
Now that the construction is complete and I couldn’t be more pleased with my blazer. My mind is racing with all the combinationpossibilities for this blazer with garments in my closet. It’s a welcome addition to my closet.