2. Fold lengthwise and sew along the long side.
3. Turn right side out.
4. Line up the two short edges with the seam in the center.
5. Sew them together.
6. Cut a long strip of 1" leather.
7. Scrunch up the seam enclosing the raw edges inside.
8. Wrap the leather around the seam enclosing it all.
9. Sew the ends together or attach a snap for a cool look.
I love how the leather makes the scarf so easy to finish, dresses it up, and makes it masculine looking. It looks so great with his fair isle blazer!
Now let's talk about the pattern collection and the blazer I made. I was only able to make one pattern, the Berkshire Blazer designed by Melissa from Blank Slate Patterns.
As I was looking around for inspiration, I came across these fair isle jackets. Aren't they amazing!? I just had to make Henry a fair isle jacket. The only problem, where was I going to find fair isle fabric?
After talking to Melissa and doing a lot of thinking, I decided to find a fair isle sweater and interface it well enough to turn it into a woven fabric. I searched thrift stores until I found the perfect sweater. I didn't want it to be too busy, and it needed to be huge to have enough fabric to work with. Luckily, I found one that was perfect.
Let's talk about the Berkshire Blazer pattern. Basically, it's amazing. I love that it's a blazer for thicker fabrics. I mean, I used a thick sweater, and it still looks good! I think it's warm enough for Henry to wear as a dressy coat. This is the first pattern I've sewn of Melissa's, and she's great at explaining the construction. I did have to play with the fit a little bit, but that's because Henry is extremely tiny for his age. I would recommend using fabric recommended in the pattern if you have never put a jacket together to make it easier on yourself. I have made and altered many, many jackets, so I knew I could work with difficult fabric.I would definitely recommend this blazer to anyone wanting to make a nice jacket!
I even finished the jacket in time for Henry to wear it to a friend's wedding last weekend. He got to stay up extra late but seemed to enjoy wearing his dapper jacket! The jacket and bow tie will be his dressy outfit for the holidays.