I swear on Dr. Frog's fake medical degree that I was going to sew this pattern up immediately. But that pesky Christmas/germ tsunami totally took the wind out of my sales. My forlorn Bellatrix muslin stared at me sadly from the corner for weeks. "Why won't you sew me? I thought we were in luv." Poor blazer, I couldn't let it go on pining for another month. Instead I got my shit together and decided to pull out ALL the leopard print. Bellatrix Blazer, you will be a magnificent beast! *Cue "Bungle in the Jungle*
The main fabric is a stretch cotton twill picked up from Marcy Tilton last year. Most of the pattern pieces need to be fused, so the stretch factor is moot in the finished garment. Speaking of fuse, I used my favorite "Pro Weft" for the majority of the jacket. For the extra collar fuse, sleeve facings and welts, I swapped in a different product from Pam, "Pro woven crisp". I found that pro woven crisp takes a lot more work to fuse completely. You really have to wet it down, put a press cloth on top and just lay the iron on it for a minute. Worth the effort cause I like the way it looks in the blazer.
For the finishing touch I did pull out more of my leopard lining stash. Pretty sure it goes with everything.
Papercut Pattern's Bellatrix Blazer
Self - Stashed Stretch leopard cotton twill
Lining - Stashed Leopard lining
Interfacing - Stashed Fashion Sewing Supply Pro weft, with some Pro woven crisp in the collar/sleeve facings and welts.
Button - a freebie from some past Waecter's order
1. I had to do a giant forward shoulder adjustment on this pattern 1 1/4". The corresponding change to the sleeve cap makes for one funky looking pattern.
3. Sway back adjustment of 3/4".
- I think this pattern is drafted very slim through the hips or maybe just with flat butts in mind. My muslin was made back in December using a blend of sizes M and L, which should have fit my hips. I found the waist and hip area both way too small and put the muslin away for awhile. This month I'm 10 lbs down and have lost several inches from both of these areas. I still found the hip area too small and added more ease the hem area. I would advise anyone that carries their weight in the hips/butt area to size up on the lower half, especially if you want to wear this blazer over pants.
- I decided to bag the lining instead of following the directions. Then discovered that it's impossible to under-stitch the bottom of the blazer from a gap in the armhole lining. Solution - open up the lining side seam as instructed, under-stitch, then turn the jacket inside out again and stitch up the side seam. Then you can turn the blazer right side out through the armhole gap and machine sew that closed. No hand sewing makes Heather a happy girl.
"That looks nice and it has real pockets that work." *Shoves his hands in the pockets to check that his eyes aren't deceiving him.*
The construction of this blazer was different from most that I've previously sewed. I did find that enjoyable and think it would be a good pattern for those not experienced with sewing blazers. The fusing does take a fair bit of work at the beginning. However this step gives the finished blazer a crisp professional look, so don't skip it. The inseam welt pockets are super easy to sew. Can all my welt pockets be inseam from now on?
Katie's house to steal more leopard print before next Jungle January. We have to be prepared for more Jungle parties.
- I'm going to do the scarf drawing next post, so you'll have to bite your fingernails for now.