My favorite thing to sew: the knit blazer
Hands down, my favorite thing to wear is knit blazers. And it’s fast becoming my favorite thing to sew, because it offers me the opportunity to do a tailored project, with the ease and speed of a serged-together garment.
I’m partial to the Christine Jonson Fitted Jacket #905 because it was the first knit blazer I ever sewed. I made a rich camel / brown version (shown on my dress form) eleven years ago and I STILL wear it. It’s made from cotton lycra fabric – it feels just like a cardi!
This is a classic jacket, too, and when I first set out to make it, I was terrified. I mean, set in sleeves, a tailored notch collar and all those panels? But truth is, it’s super simple to sew, and because Christine is a ready to wear designer who made her garments in the USA (in metro Detroit), she had to have fool proof techniques to teach average seamstresses how to sew for a boutique in Royal Oak. I first met her at a sewing show and said to her that this was my ‘epic’ project – after having recently discovered the joys of sewing swimwear.
I learned right at Christine’s side for this first blazer, and I’ve since made four more (and two more are in the works this winter.)
The Fitted Jacket is a classic hip-length blazer with a two-piece slightly curved sleeve, set in sleeves, with a small shoulder pad, a darted, paneled body (so a front, a side front, a side back and a back with CB seam), three buttons and buttonholes. The buttonholes, a huge fear of mine, were surprisingly easy AND fun to make!
I SERGED a set in sleeve. Yep, you heard right, blade down and everything. And it worked! But if you are really scared, single needle the sleeve in and THEN serge over that 😉 In my opinion the BEST part about this jacket (and what I dislike from all the unlined jackets I have from RTW) is that the facings are entirely stitched down! They appear as design lines on the right side and there are no floppy facings on the inside.
I wear this blazer all.the.time with jeans and cords. It’s long enough with a long tee to wear with leggings too. It’s designed for knit fabrics, but it can be made in a stretch woven too.
Here are my jackets! The pink one is my “Jcrew” jacket – it’s a bright color, I wear it with faded jeans and a striped tee.