Monday, 17 February 2014

Red Wool Blazer for "If the Shoe Fits" Project Sewn Challenge Week 3

 I've been looking for a cropped blazer to wear with all of my highwaisted stuff FOREVER. But they don't seem to exist any more so I adapted Deer and Does Pavot jacket pattern that I received for my birthday, my first indie pattern people! It is by no means perfect. The hem doesn't look even, the collar doesn't end at the right place and the buttonholes look disgusting. But I learnt how to do tons of new things. I've never bagged a jacket before, i've never made covered buttons before and I've never managed buttonholes that just work before now! So at least I've achieved something.

 I made the jacket cropped by just ignoring the skirt and waistband pattern pieces. In my muslin it was far too short, especially with the fact that I'd cut off the waistband and that I have a really long waist so I lengthened all the pattern pieces by 10cm which was perfect. My mock up didn't fit that well around the bust (whats new) and I stupidly discounted it for wearing ease. Now I wish I'd fit it properly.
Even though the pattern is unlined I didn't want to go to all the trouble of making a blazer without making it pretty inside. It was half guesswork and half looking at the pictures from these french instructions. Bagging a lining is like magic, it all works out, but ask me to explain how and I don't have a clue.

 I should probably talk about the shoes now. I NEVER wear high heels, for a number of reasons. a) I feel too young for heels. When I wear heels it's kinda like I'm playing dress up. b) I walk like a drunkard in theme even though I've never had a drop in my life (true story, alcohol smells DISGUSTING) and c) When/where would I wear them? School is a no-no. Parties are non-existent.
 But anyway, because I didn't own any shoes suitable for this challenge I asked Meghan who is the owner of many a wonderful pair of shoes if she had some I could borrow. These are perfect. I loved the red and navy colour scheme, which worked with the fabrics in my stash. Turns out grass is not the greatest texture to be walking on in stilettos. I guess you can see that I'm kinda a novice at this balancing thing, but I do feel kinda sassy in them when I'm stationary ;)

So in conclusion. This blazer was a great learning curve for me but lots of things let it down for me, mainly the fit, but hopefully I will get some wear out of it. The dotty dress was blogged about here. 

Thanks very much for reading, and voting for me in the last round!
And thanks very much to Meghan for letting me borrow her shoes and inspiring me to make this blazer in the first place!
Also thanks to Edward who took the photos in return for a marshmallow and chocolate sauce pancake which was a pretty good deal.
Lauren xx

24 comments:

  1. You are so adorable! I could have written your post completely! lol Love how the blazer turned out and hope you'll still try to make a more fitted one! I'm off to see that dress! LOVE it!

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  2. You look very cute. Great choice of outfit x

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    1. haha thank you! Several things got tried on with a blazer, and I'm glad that I found the dress that was quite right.

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  3. Great job figuring out the lining! I actually couldn't figure out that French tutorial - how did she have you attach the lining to the facing?? Anyhow, sorry I haven't gotten my tutorial yet...eventually! And I love seeing the jacket without the skirt - I will definitely have to try that!

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    1. Thank you! I couldn't for the life of me understand what was happening in the french tutorial so I improvised that bit. I think what I ended up doing was putting the lining into the wool wrong sides together and then acting as they were one piece I attached the facing like in the original instructions and then at the end turned the facing under 1cm and slipstitched it. Then I went back and bagged the sleeves and the hem according to the french instructions. Does that make sense?

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  4. love the outfit- and I think it is common to be harder on ourselves that we should.. when sewing. YOU know all the flaws... but who else stares at our clothes like we do when we make them??? I think your jacket looks amazing!

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  5. I think you look wonderful and the outfit is perfect for those shoes!

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    1. Thank you! It's going to be very hard returning them to their rightful owner...

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  6. I think the jacket is fantastic! It looks well put together and goes very well with the rest of the outfit.

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  7. This outfit is darling! I am too nervous to try making a jacket--this looks so cute! And those shoes are great--totally worth a little wobbling :)

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    1. You can definitely do it! This one is easier than most as the peter pan collar isn't tricky. You never know what you can or can do 'til you try :)

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  8. You remind me of being 17 when you talk about heels! Great work on the jacket, you will get so much use out of it.

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    1. haha hopefully I'll grow into them! Thank you, I hope it gets worn many times.

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  9. Gorgeous outfit! Your jacket is just wonderful, and looks like you'll get plenty of wear out of it :)

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  10. Love the shoes, love the outfit! You are so talented!! Great idea to crop that jacket. Heels take practice at first, and some will just feel good to walk in. Then you'll get old they will hurt your back, ha! No rush to get into them though.

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  11. Awesome! Great outfit - perfect with the shoes. And the cropped blazer looks good (from this side of my computer screen ;-).) ... I also love cropped blazers and have a hard time finding one that suits me, this is a great idea. I'd had my eye on that pattern but couldn't quite justify it if I was 'just' going to get one jacket out of it ... but now ...

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    1. Thank you! I have many many plans for this pattern. My next version is going to be a suit jacket (what I wear for school). For this I've removed the button stand and added piping to all of the edges to go with a matching pencil skirt. It's just finding the time to make it! And of course I'll need to make the original at some point...

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  12. You look adorable! The fit is great! Great job!

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