Striped Blazer

Cotton striped blazer

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:

Cotton striped blazer

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:

Cotton striped blazer

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.

Cotton striped blazer

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.

Cotton striped blazer

The back of the jacket has nice long darts for waist shaping and darts and the shoulder for more shaping.

Cotton striped blazer

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.

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Comments


  • Cissie
    February 14, 2013

    What a great looking blazer. As always, your work is impeccable! Perhaps you should have made two of these because this one is going to get worn out!!

    • Lori
      February 14, 2013

      Thanks, Cissie, you might be right with the two garments!

      • oonaballoona
        February 15, 2013

        ah, my nan always said “if you like it, buy two”… indeed it’s good adivce here…

  • Lauren
    February 14, 2013

    I love this! It’s so sharp and totally pulls your whole outfit together.

    • Lori
      February 14, 2013

      Thanks, Lauren, I am thrilled with it. Probably going to be my outfit on Saturday, taking my youngest (twins) prom dress shopping. No, they don’t want Mom to make their dresses.

  • Ginger
    February 14, 2013

    LOVE this! It’s so smart! Great look!

    • Lori
      February 14, 2013

      Thanks, Ginger. The fabric is a dream to sew.

  • Erica B
    February 14, 2013

    Great jacket! That fabric looks divine! I’m adding it to my portfolio!

    • Lori
      February 14, 2013

      Thanks, Erica, my portfolio grows daily!

      • Amy
        February 19, 2013

        That fabric was in my portfolio, too! I love the way the two stripes play together!

  • Lynn
    February 14, 2013

    I am thinking if a blazer myself. I love your version. I especially like the binding. More food for thought. Beautiful jacket!

    • Lori
      February 14, 2013

      The binding really sets the stripes off. Thanks so much.

  • Amanda S.
    February 14, 2013

    Awesome!!! I can see how this would match a ton of stuff in your closet! LOVE the fabric too.

    • Lori
      February 14, 2013

      Thank you, Amanda.

  • Carolyn
    February 14, 2013

    You did a fabulous job with this jacket! It’s lovely!

    • Lori
      February 14, 2013

      Thank you, Carolyn, the fabric feels fabulous.

  • Cidell
    February 14, 2013

    Nautical and military are just about my favorite looks. LOVE THIS JACKET!!!

    • Lori
      February 14, 2013

      Thanks, Cidell, plus I think those two styles are timeless

  • Yolanda Reynolds
    February 15, 2013

    I’m a beginner. I can’t wait to learn how to do binding.

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 15, 2013

    Beautiful, Lori! Would you believe I ordered the very same fabric? No plans to make a blazer though, thank goodness – I’d never be able to top yours. Great job !!

    • Lori
      February 15, 2013

      Thanks so much, it is great fabric.

  • Laura
    February 15, 2013

    Your jacket is FANTASTIC. I am really enjoying following your sewing adventures!

    • Lori
      February 16, 2013

      Thank you so much, Laura. I am having fun, too!

  • Cathie
    February 18, 2013

    I love what you did with the piping. Wish I could see the reverse too. What McCalls pattern is it?

    • Lori
      February 18, 2013

      Thanks, Cathie, it is McCall’s 6711. If you are talking about the reverse of the fabric – the picture with the sleeves rolled up shows the reverse. Or click the link for the fabric and Mood has a great picture there.

  • anne jewell
    February 28, 2013

    perfect!

  • Claire
    March 1, 2013

    Lori, this is absolutely wonderful! I am impressed with those darts in the back too. No shifty stripes!

    Claire