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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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?