This is third in a series of post in which I attempt to make myself I blazer. You can read previous posts here.
Thank you, everyone, for your comments on my last post. Your suggestions and tips about what to my blazer muslin was crazy helpful. I’ve made some adjustments on that muslin and in the process I’ve learned the following…
- Yes, you DO need shoulder pads. Attempting to fit without shoulder pads is newb mistake. The pattern is designed for them and it won’t hang right of the shoulders without them.
- It is also more helpful to put in both sleeves. After adding a second sleeve (and doing a much better job setting it in I might add), the roominess I felt all but disappeared.
- Amy left a great link to a video about adjusting a jacket. In it, the instructor suggests adjusting in “L.C.D. order” – length, circumference, depth. Watch the video to learn what she means.
So, learning that I brought up the waist line by 1 1/2 inches match my natural waist line which is higher than average. Below the waistline, I let out the side seams by 1/2″ and the other seams by 1/4 inch, for a total of 4 1/2 inches all around. Finally, I decided on a length I liked. Which is above the widest part of my hips.
There still is some bagginess near my shoulder blades, but I am afraid to remove that without losing mobility. As mentioned in the comments, it might even disappear with the use of a heavier material.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with how it looks, besides the whole Made Out Of A Sheet thing. 😉
Now, if I was making one of those fancy couture jackets or a real power business suit, I would make one more muslin with these changes and do some more tweaking. There are some wrinkles and drag lines that could be fixed. However, my goal is a more casual style jacket that fits me better than ready-to-wear. So, I think I will now translate these changes to the paper pattern and get on sewing the real thing!
What you think?
Good enough? Or keep on tweaking?