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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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?