I love blazers. I wish I had them in all the colors and multiple styles because I love them all. They can be so casual or dressy. It always makes my outfits feel complete (when it's not too hot to wear one). The one thing that holds me back from making a blazer is easing in set-in sleeves. I used to loathe it, but I learned a industry trick for easing in sleeves that makes me actually enjoy it! I have a post over on craftsy that tells you the quickest way to ease a set-in sleeve. This is the only way I ease sleeves now!
Now let's talk about this jacket. I am planning on using some gorgeous Ikat faux suede to make a blazer, but I needed to do a mock-up first. I thrifted some pretty gray suiting fabric that I decided to use for a mock-up and turned out well enough to be wearable! I used a Burdastyle fitted blazer pattern. I did have to do a lot of alterations, but they were all things I could do in the process of construction. I was careful to transfer them to the pattern, so I can use them again. I lengthened the body and sleeves and took in the sides and sleeves. It's great!
I used a dark gray lining fabric so it really is a basic solid jacket. I wanted a basic jacket that could match with everything. I really love it so far and can't wait for the weather to cool down.
This pattern is an advanced pattern. It has two welt pockets which I kind of hated during the process, but I love them now. I love having pockets in my jackets. I love the princess seams in the front and the back. The lines are so flattering. Here's to cooler days and wearing jackets!