Monday, March 4, 2013

Spring Blazer

Good Morning! 

I am So SO SO happy to be finished with this piece that I'm showing you today. 

I've been trying to utilize my patterns to make a spring wardrobe for my two monsters. This pattern comes from Melly who has created a great pattern called the Blank Slate Blazer. 

I started by making my son a blazer using the pattern... which was a bit of a struggle. I have been really trying to branch out of my norm, and this blazer really helped me do it. 

At first I was frustrated, but really this shouldn't be placed as a fault on the pattern. It was user error. First, you have to really read her intro to understand all the steps. In the intro she explains that you have to use interfacing and how to create a contrasting lapel. Totally important so don't skip over it! 

Here is baby boys blazer, as you can tell the whole contrasting lapel didn't go over too well the first try. lol
I got half of it right, but I still think it's fun& I'll still put him in it. 

After I finished his, I felt a bit more confident with the pattern and thought it would be fun to create a spring blazer for my little lady. 

For hers I thought this green woven fabric would be fun. I found it at the thrift store for 99 cents.  It had a ton of character, but I had no clue what it would be used for. This really allows it to shine. With the lining, this blazer cost less than five dollars to make. 

When paired with The May Day Dress I made her last year that still fits (yay) ... and it gives it a bit of a sophisticated look. Great for my biggest student.  
This fabric was a pain to work with. It frayed, it stretched, and it slid, but I made it work. WHEW. 

All that hand finishing kept me busy these last couple of days. I kept thinking ... this is it, last thread and I'm done! Only to get to the end of the thread to find more work to be had.

Do I love love it? No. 
I should have interfaced all the woven fabric to avoid the pulling but it's a lesson learned. 

I keep remembering, that each struggle brings me further in my knowledge of sewing. If I look back to last year, my projects have come a really long way and that is as just as much of a success! 

Is anyone else trying to create spring wardrobes? 
I'd really enjoy checking them out, so please take a minute to leave me your blog link ... 
and have a great week!

I'm adding this to a few linky parties... 


  1. Those are awesome! I have all of Melissa's Blank Slate for boys and I'm making the Prepster Pullover now!!! :) You did a great job - I'm like you....I need to branch out and try more patterns to help my sewing skillz! ;-)

    1. I just saw Melissa's post on the prepster pullover today, it's a cute one! You should post it when your done... i could use all the inspiration I can get at this point! Also, do you have Instagram? I'm always looking for my sewing friends to follow, the behind the scenes that you get on instagram is super fun. I'm kind of addicted!


  2. I love them! I just bought some of her patterns. Working on some clean slate shorts as we speak! :D I'll post my "boy" remix for PRP tonight. Check out the Charlie shirt by zonen09. I'm loving it for my little guy!

    1. I will def stop over to check out your remix, i have been scouring the web for boy patterns. My self drafted tshirt was a flop last night ... the neck line was way too big like a boat necked boy shirt (um awkward ?) lol So that charlie shirt may have to be my next move, thanks for the suggestion!


  3. So cute! Blazers intimidate me, I have yet to try making one. Yours turned out great!-Jen

    1. Thanks Jen ! It certainly was a struggle, the first blazer sat in the closet with no arms on it for about two months before I finally finished it! :)

  4. So cute! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there!

  5. I love it! I can tell by looking at that fabric that it was a pain to work with, but you really did a great job. Thanks so much for linking up!


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