Welcome to the final installment of this 6 part blog series. If you have been reading along and made it to this point, fantastic! Today, I wanted to talk about the blazer!
This blazer was by far the most intense make of the wardrobe. I took a jacket drafting class last year at an educational conference and was able to complete a personal jacket block. I was so excited upon completion of the class, but the block sat there, unused, in my studio for almost a year before I picked it up again! It wasn't until this past July when my kids went on their annual week long vacation to my parents' house that I had the opportunity to create with my block. Because 2017 was a bit of a tough year for me personally, I really wanted this week break to count. I decided it was the perfect time to pick up my jacket block and draft a tailored blazer.
Again, I started with a jacket block that fit me to perfection and then I used this book to draft a traditional blazer (BTW, this book is fantastic and I want to make all the jackets and coats!)
During my free week, I was able to draft the blazer and all its various pieces, create the muslin to check fit, and start the tailoring process in my fashion fabric. I followed along with Allison Smith in her 1, 2, 3 tailoring jacket series for Craftsy (this is also fantastic and highly recommended). I decided to go with all traditional tailoring methods for this one as I really just wanted to do a blazer with all the bells and whistles. It took a very long time to do all the hand work, but I'm pleased with the final results!
In addition to all the hand pad stitching, I also did welt pockets (lined in silk scraps) and bound buttonholes.
While I tend to be more of an efficiency driven seamstress, it was really therapeutic to take my time and perfect my hand stitching. This blazer turned into the layering piece I hoped it would become. It has also fulfilled a long desire to own a tailored blazer that actually fits!
And that wraps up my 2017 Autumn capsule wardrobe. I hope you have enjoyed this littler series and please let me know if this is something you would like to see again in the future. I'm in the planning process of a winter mini capsule, so if anyone is interested in another series, let me know in the comments!
For now I'll leave you with a little round up of the complete 13 pieces!
Until next time!