Blazers! I mean, who doesn’t love a perfectly tailored blazer, right?
I bought this pattern (McCall’s 4928) many years ago, captivated by the multiple front and back seams and the fact that it’s fully lined. Those kind of seams make for ideal tailoring, meaning you can cinch it in or let it out exactly where you need it.
The packaging though, arghh … It’s ugly. McCall’s, if you’re listening, your illustrations could do with looking more en-trend. Please, for the sake of our inspiration, could you help us out a little? I needed serious imagination with this.
If you’re shopping for a pattern through those big pattern books you find at the fabric store, may I suggest using the line drawings as a guide more than the illustrations? Look at the seams, where they sit and how they might be altered, how different fabrics might look … it takes imagination, but don’t let the illustrations put you off from a potentially amazing pattern.
Back to the pattern. This is actually my second attempt. I used a polyester faille for my first and it was just too light to handle the seams. There were puckers on the back seams that I restitched about three times each and pressed to within an inch of its life, but they just wouldn’t budge. I couldn’t handle that and the whole thing got ditched.
So this version is made from a navy double knit ponte (pronounced pon-tee), in view C but with flap pockets. I made a sway back adjustment running through the centre back and side back seams and I reduced the sleeve head by about 2cm. One of my favourite features is those sleeve slits. I don’t know why, but they make me happy.
The body is lined with navy polyester lining fabric that I found at the op-shop for $1, but with a floral tencel fabric on the sleeves as a fun accent for when they are rolled up. It also ensures there is more of that fabric for other projects.
Being a double-knit, it’s snuggly warm and will serve me well this winter. I don’t intend to button it up and haven’t even bothered adding buttons/buttonholes yet! An open blazer just feels less formal (and I don’t trust my machine to do a perfect buttonhole first try without eating the fabric).
Wouldn’t this be fun in a bright, loud colour? I’m talking, neon loud with just a black t-shirt and jeans, maybe nude heels. Fun!