Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Simplicity 2446...the floral blazer

When May comes around, I don't know if you're like me, but sewing can be put on the back burner for a few weeks. It’s simmering…not like there’s nothing going on, but the outdoors…gardens, sunshine, relaxation and maintenance seem to move up to the top of the list. That’s where I've been.

My floral blazer, Simplicity 2446 ( I’ve made this one before…great pattern!) is finally done and done.

                               

I wore it today.


I’m really, really happy that most of the things that I sew, I end up loving and wearing. I believe it’s because I pay attention to fit and function, with a little trendy thrown in for fun. When I saw this floral print at Joann’s a few months back, I knew immediately that I wanted it. Not sure what it would become, but I ultimately decided on a jacket.

I had a few surprises along the way.



My TNT jacket needed more fit adjustments! By more than a whole size!!! That thrilled me to no end, since I've been slowly and methodically paying attention to my physical health, which includes increasing my activity and replacing some of the things I love to eat with healthier things that I love to eat. At first I wondered if the size difference could be attributed to this being a stretch denim, but I decided to give myself some credit for this discrepancy!

So after some pattern tweaks, I got a good fit all the way around. That included the tweak of adding a center back seam for some additional shaping.



Since I wanted to get this jacket made quickly ( and it ended up taking me three weeks!) I made an executive decision not to line it.

Well then. The reason this jacket took so long to make is that I ended up finishing all the inside seams, facings and hems with bias binding. I could have lined it more quickly.



But I do like that this jacket doesn't have that extra layer of fabric, which adds an extra layer of warmth for a woman my age!



I made no other modifications. The sleeve seams are flat felled. They can be pushed up comfortably.



I love this jacket. I. LOVE. This Jacket.

31 comments:

  1. I was just thinking when I saw your first picture, "She's lost weight." My suspicion was confirmed later on:) Good for you. Looking great as always. I'm off to Cleaners Supply to get some bias tape to do the same thing! Thanks for the tip.

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  2. You look great, Lynne. Congrats on the new lifestyle changes. Next, let talk about that jacket - it is to die for! I love, love it. Fantastic job.

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  3. Congratulations on the weight loss and awesome jacket to show it off!

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  4. Lynne, How cute are you in that flowery jacket! Congratulations on your fitness improvement.

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  5. I love that jacket too! And what a find on the fabric. Perfect match of pattern and fabric.

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  6. You look fabulous! I love your jacket!

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  7. It looks great! Do you mind telling me what interfacing you used? (And where?) I have tried to make a jacket like this out of cottons a couple of times, but always failed in getting the interfacing right.
    Any advice is much appreciated!
    Best,
    Stephanie in Houston

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    1. Hi Stepahnie. I use Fashion Sewing Supply for my interfacing needs. Pam is recognized as an industry leader in interfacing. There are a variety of fusible and sewn in options for every interfacing you would ever need.
      AND there happens to be a sale right now!
      https://www.fashionsewingsupply.com/index.php?osCsid=28b7681cf6316adcbe8d3d92c1c6c0e9

      For this jacket, I used the proweft medium fusible because this is a stretch denim. I thought it would be my best option!

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  8. It's beautiful and I can see why you love it so well. Looks great with those white slacks.

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  9. Jacket is amazing. But I love the fitness changes. Good on you! g

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  10. You are looking extremely sharp these days. And your outfit is wonderful.

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  11. I also noticed your weight loss right away as I started reading this post! You look great and the blazer is beautiful too. Love the colors on you,

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  12. Lyn, you look really happy and healthy, so something is working. The jacket works as well - its a really lovely choice both of pattern and fabric and looks gorgeous on you.

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  13. This is really swell! I love the colors and the shape on you- just so nicely done!

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  14. WOW! What a great jacket. The floral, the fit, everything. Just perfection. Congrats!

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  15. A very fine jacket but the best part is, you look so happy in it!

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  16. A wonderful, so versatile jacket that looks great on you! And you do look great!

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  17. That jacket is magnificent! And you look fabulous!

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  18. That blazer looks so lovely! and fits you so well!

    Joy

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  19. I love a blazer/jacket ..YOURS rocks. I still am in owe Lynne ...your sewing is amazing

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  20. Great jacket on a great woman!
    It's a pleasure to read your posts -so amazing and full of inspiration. Love your blog.
    Regards from germany
    Astrid

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  21. You look beautiful! It looks so smart with the citron top, and your lapels are so remarkably crisp. I hope you love it for many years.
    ~Elizabeth

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  22. This jacket looks gorgeous on you! The floral print is just so you. Great job

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  23. Wow! This is killer! It's as cheerful, pretty, and fun as you!

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  24. Really pretty blazer! Great fit and who minds some pattern alterations if they are caused by good changes. The floral pattern reminds me of all the flowers that are blooming in my yard right now. Just like you, I am spending more time outside and less time sewing.

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  25. WOW, I love this jacket!! I was just thinking about trying this pattern last night, and here you are with a gorgeous finished version - perfect timing! Thanks for the inspiration, and congrats on a beautiful jacket! : )

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  26. That is an amazing looking jacket!! I have the same pattern and I just don't know what fabric I want to use with it. You've chosen a gorgeous fabric. I would also not line it for the same reasons - too warm.

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