Hi, guys! Hope everyone is well! Let’s talk for a minute about fabric fads. Sometimes a fabric seems to get popular overnight and show up everywhere all at once! Neoprene is one of those fabrics. It’s suddenly everywhere! I’ve been curious about it for a while, but I’ve mostly seen it used for bodycon dresses or skirts and that’s just not my cup of tea. But when I saw this bright blue Alexander Wang neoprene at Mood NYC, I had one thought: BLAZER! (Check out Mood’s selection of neoprene here!)
Now, neoprene is an unusual choice for a blazer, but I thought it would be fun to try for this particular style since it’s pretty streamlined. I figured it would make for a fun experiment! Now, before I sew with a new fabric type, I like to stitch samples to make sure I have good results. I had best results using my walking foot and a 75/11 ballpoint needle. Since the fabric is pretty thick, I had to lengthen my stitches a bit to get them to a normal size. I found that the fabric layers slipped a bit as I sewed, so I had to sew slowly and use lots of pins. I tested out binding the seams, but in the end decided to reduce bulk by just leaving them unfinished.
I interfaced the facing pieces with a lightweight tricot fusible (don’t worry- I fused a sample piece first to make sure nothing would melt!). But pressing is pointless on neoprene, so I topstitched the seam allowances down. I actually love how this looks- it gives the jacket a sporty feel. And when I needed to turn under the seam allowances of the facings, I machine stitched on the fold line so the perforations would help me make a crisp fold. The only place I ran into trouble was at the sleeve head. There’s no way to topstitch that seam, so I opted to catch stitch the seam allowances down. You can see slight indentations from the stitches on the right side, like a blind hem, but that looks much better than a mushy seam!
I used the brand-new Morris Blazer pattern from Grainline Studio, which is unlined and doesn’t have pockets, so I didn’t have to worry too much about bulk. As you can see, the lapels have lots of body in this fabric. I actually kinda like how that looks, but if I ever change my mind, I could anchor the lapels in place with a couple of teeny stitches. The stretch content makes this the most comfortable blazer in my closet, but it still looks pretty sharp, in my opinion!
My favorite thing about this, far and away, is the color! It’s such a fun blue! Surprisingly, it works with quite a few things in my wardrobe, so I should get to wear it lots! Yay!
OK, guys- neoprene. Have you ever sewed with it? If you haven’t, are you tempted to give it a try? Are there any fabric fads that you’re excited to check out?