I hate quitting. I hate failing. I hate giving up. But there are times when it is appropriate to throw in the towel and admit that
I can’t sew this blazer…. yet.
There is a difference between not doing because it is hard, and not doing because… well, you just really don’t know how to do it. I just don’t know how to sew this blazer. These Burdastyle directions don’t include any diagrams or pictures, and the pattern markings are minimal and cryptic. The directions themselves are not even coherent to me. What piping straps? Where am I cutting which dart? Why aren’t my seams matching up? Is there supposed to be a fold here? I just don’t know!
So I am setting this aside. Admitting defeat in this battle, but not giving up the war.
I will still sew myself a blazer. I love this old denim one I bought in college. I wear it all the time, even though it fits me poorly. Probably because it makes me feel suave and sophisticated even when I haven’t showered in days and I have boogers hiding on my shirt underneath.
(caught in “The Blazer” at a friend’s birthday party)
So, tell me. If I give up on the Burdastyle pattern, which one should I make?
Option #1: Butterick 5619 (View B)
Pros: It’s unlined and could be a nice light weight for summer. It would be simple in assembly and allow me to focus on fit.
Cons: I’m not sure if I like the collar. Also, I would have preferred a full length sleeve. And, sadly, I can’t find any finished samples of the jacket on Pattern Review.
Option #2: Vogue 8781 (View A)
Pros: This is the classic look I am going for. It is rated “intermediate” and I think I can handle that.
Cons: Shoulder pads are not my style, at least not that extreme of a pad. Also, possibly having to adjust princess seams and raglan sleeves intimidates me. It’s not a big deal, but it isn’t what I was hoping to do.
Option #3: Vogue 1293
Pros: Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous.
Cons: Rated “advanced”.
- UPDATING TO ADD SOME OF THE EXCELLENT SUGGESTIONS -
Option #4: Vogue 8333
Pro: This looks like a totally classy option. Lovely details. This would be a high end couture type jacket, in line with what Vogue is all about.
Con: “Advanced”, this would be time consuming. It actually might be too much couture for my stay-at-home-mom needs.
Option #5: Butterick 4610
Pro: Classic shape. Basic Pattern.
Con: It’s a Butterick, so it won’t have those nice extra details that Vogue has, but do I really need them?
Option #6: McCalls 6172
Pro: It’s a Palmer & Pletsch pattern which has OODLES of tips and details included in the directions. This is also a very classic cut. The welt pockets are a classy detail.
Cons: …. ?
So what should I choose?