12/5/07

Sick and Blazing for A Blazer

In my attempt to get a head start on my New Years Resolution, which is to sew more of my clothes. I decided I would start with a garment that I love to wear often, which are suits and figured for starters I would try my hands at sewing a blazer. I browsed through several catalogues looking for a blazer and saw this blazer in Chadwicks Catalogue, which is a basic style with a shirt collar. I just love the fact that blazers are perfect for layering and it gives a wellput-together look whether casual or dressed up. Although I managed to pump out a few skirts & slacks this past summer, I would like to move on to sewing more structured garments.
I found a pattern by New Look, which I think fits the bill for the style I'm looking for. Its New Look 6617 - featuring 5 versions of coat/jackets in waist, hip and thigh lengths.
I'm going for Version B, which is a hip length basic six-button front with a shirt collar. In checking out the pattern, I noticed that there are cuff pattern pieces, which would allow me to fold up the cuff for a little flair. I am using a polyester, rayon & spandex blend fabric in brown. I took a closer look at my existing blazers and noticed princess seaming details, which I don't see with this pattern, so I'm a little concerned, (check me out - princess seam... like I know how to do it...lol) . Also, I would love to put in a lining, but think its best I start with just the basics since its my first time.
I must say I was floored when I started reading over the pattern chart, there are 13 pieces, I don't know what I was thinking - ok - I was thinking less than 13 pieces...lol. Well, I got past that and have managed to iron and pin the pattern pieces.

Tonight after being home for 2 days with what felt like the flu, and finally coming out of a TheraFlu induced state, I have since cut out the pattern pieces, talk about laborious. I'm pacing myself for this project and over the next few days will assemble and begin baste stitching.


Interested to hear about your first time making a jacket/coat/blazer and do you have any tips to share?

14 comments:

Adrienne said...

Glad you are feeling better, and that is a cute pattern. I don't think I've seen that one!!! No advice other than TAKE YOUR TIME!!!!!!

Virtuous said...

Hope you are feeling 100% soon!

Love me a nice blazer. It sets everything off!

Cheryl Wray said...

Wow, the blazer looks like quite a project! I think it will be gorgeous!!!

Deborah said...

Tips?? Girl I can't even baste a hem straight. Can't wait to see your finished product.

Lashell said...

I started a blazer last year and you see I said started because now it sits in a bag in a corner unfinished. Maybe I will do it on my X-mas vacation.

Mary Sarah said...

Hi! First I want to say "You're brave" and then I want to say "I love how you jump into whatever you want to do and do it. Amazing!" Love your jacket pattern. I made a jacket a couple of years ago. I'll have to find the pattern # for you. It was a simple jacket pattern with princess seams and no collar. I lined it and the fit was ok. Could have been better, but I did wear it, so that's successful for me. No fantastic tips for you. I know yours will turn out great! Can't wait to see it when it's done.

nessarenee.wordpress.com said...

Hi Sheila! Thank you so much for visiting my blog!! Your FOs are beautiful, and I wish I could sew! I've been looking for a brown trench coat/blazer type jacket for so long now. I know what you mean about being addicted to knitting right away. I was the same way (and still am ! ;]). You'll love it and all the possibilities!!

PAJNSTL said...

glad you are feeling better!

I admire the way you and so many others spend time researching your projects. Me?! I just jump in feet 1st!! lol which is probably why I get half-way through it and realize I don't know what the hell I'm doing! LOL

Valerie said...

Blazers are beautiful. It's funny you brought up that particular one though. I was thinking about buying it. -=giggle=- I bet it's going to be beautiful when you get done with it! Hope you are in tip top shape soon!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I can't even remember the very first blazer I made but I think Adrienne gave you the best piece of advise - take your time! The second would be to ask for help when or if you get lost!

gold said...

Wow that is going to be a nice blazer.Like everyone else said take your time and keep your seam ripper at your side like I do!HAHA

Anna said...

that is a really cute blazer! i would definitely wear that!

ha! i wish i could offer some advice/tips!

Lesalicious said...

Sorry to hear that you was sick glad to see you back to normal and off to a great start with your blazer can't wait to see it when you is done. :)

Tany said...

Don't be scared by the "Many pattern pieces"; be methodical and take one step at a time, reading the directions very carefully. Don't forget to interface the hem allowances, it does make a huge difference. I wish you luck for your first jacket and I know you can do it!