Blazers. Just the mention of that word takes me back to my school days with a time traveling shudder. On the whole part I enjoyed school, but I hated wearing a uniform. Our mandatory uniform was a below the knee, box pleated grey skirt, a standard white shirt, a tie, a polyester blue or grey jumper depending on what year you were in, or if you preferred a blazer. No I didn’t prefer thank you very much. Most of the girls went without blazers, and there was a shared dislike of the coarse black jacket that hid every ounce of femininity with it’s sack like quality.
At school I remember doing everything I could to express some kind of individuality weather it was rolling up my skirt so it sat above the knee, shortening my tie (we all thought this was mega cool), pulling thread from my tie to give it an unconventional weave, donning the highest platform shoes we could get away with, wearing nail varnish, or dying my hair. Most of these attempts ended with me sitting in the head of years office, and I was often refused nail varnish remover and told to pick the varnish off by hand as a punishment!
Now I’m not really against uniform per se, it serves a purpose within formal settings, but on the whole part I find them bland and boring. Wearing the same pallet of navy/grey/black/white colours for the first 16 years of my life has definitely affected my choice in clothes today, and was a part of school I was happy to shake off in an instant.
Glorius was our school leavers day, when it was customary to sign / deface each others uniform. I have kept mine after all those years, not only as a memory of my school days, but also to mark the liberation and excitement I felt about being able to wear what ever the hell I wanted. I vowed never to wear grey again, or anything that reminded me of my school uniform.
So yeah, this is why I don’t really wear formal jackets. School uniform is bad blazar pr. This make is the anti-blazer. I’m moving on from my fashion fears and giving a two fingered salute to all the boring clothes I had to wear as a child. Go shove it.
Salme Blazer Project Stats
Fabric: African wax print cotton
Cost: £3 for fabric
Pattern: Salme Cropped Blazer
Time: Half a day
Difficulty:Pretty easy, but check how to do mitred corners if you aren’t sure
This is the Salme Cropped Blazer pattern available as a PDF download for just over £4. Bargain. Salme offer simple, modern sewing patterns for all sewing levels.
The pattern took 1.5 meters of fabric, which I had just the right thing for in my stash. The pattern suggests a mid-weight suiting fabric, but I wanted a more lightweight casual effect for my blazer, for covering up on warm summer evenings, so the wax print cotton was ideal for this. The pattern is for an unlined blazer, but I think it would be even nicer lined, so take this in to account if you are going to give it a go.
I made the muslin a size 14, in a cotton/linen mix I had in my stash. Despite being a bit roomy, the completed muslin is good enough to wear. It was useful to practice the mitered corners before moving on to the final garment and also indicated that I could probably size down.
Sizing / modifications
I sewed up a UK size 12 and didn’t make any modifications to the pattern. If I was to make it again I would like to add some cuffs to the sleeves and also add a lining. I think some kind of fastening at the front might be nice also.
I followed the instructions as printed and they were easy to follow, but did lack detail in places. You need to add seam allowance for this pattern, so I added a 0.5 inch once I had laid my pattern pieces on the fabric and drew them on with tailors chalk. The repeating pattern called for an attempt to pattern match, which I was mostly concerned about for the back. I must say, I was pretty chuffed with my attempt. Can you tell?
Mitered corners are used to create the angled hemline down the centre line of the front panels. I knew these were going to be tricky because I had read about it in a few posts (linked at the bottom of this post). The instructions omit some vital information, and where they talk about folding and pressing the hemline they should say that the second fold is folded backwards, so the hem is facing outwards. Seriously, this part got me stumbled for an evening, but after watching a helpful mitered corner video on youtube, and mulling it over before bedtime, I had worked out what needed to be done by morning and got straight to it at 5.25am before going to work! It’s definitely a technique to practice to get perfect.
The facings are a nice feature, and fold backwards to give the lapel detail. I used interfacing and tried to get them symmetrical on both sides.
I bound the side seams with a hong kong finish in some green ribbon. It added structure to the side seams, but felt a little heavy for the other seams, so the rest is overlocked. I am considering some kind of fastening, because I think it would be nice to have the option of doing it up.
General happiness rating
I love everything about this make and it makes me over the moon when I wear it. I think the sleeve length is fab, the cropped jacket length is perfect, the sizing is spot on, and well, the fabric just exudes cool. I’ve worn it twice already, and I’m kind of wishing I’d lined it so I could have more wear from it in the cooler months. So all in high fives all round, I couldn’t be happier with my £3 jacket, and I’d love to sew it up again sometime.
Other bloggers who’ve made this pattern
- Sweet KM did a lovely version in wool
- Little home by hand made hers in navy brushed cotton
- Fabric Tragic made hers in a denim weight cotton, and has also written a really comprehensive write up
- Handmade by Heather B created a leather version with a fancy gold lining. I love how biker chic her version is!
That’s all for this week lovelies, I hope you’ve liked my jacket. Would love to read your comments
Happy sewing x