Hi, guys! Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate! It’s been a busy week full of travel, family, and friends, so I got a bit distracted and forgot to post my most recent Mood Sewing Network garment! I planned to make a Christmas dress, but at the last minute decided to make a piece that I could wear well after the holidays. This time of year I often find myself with functions to go to after work, but I don’t have time to go home and change first. Sometimes I drag a cocktail dress to work and change in the ladies’ room, but I decided that it would be easier (and less stressful!) to make a day-to-night piece that I can toss on top of my work outfit when I feel like getting a little festive.
As soon as I saw the new Papercut Patterns collection, I fell in love with the Bellatrix Blazer. I like that it’s a bit different from a traditional blazer pattern with its rounded collar and cinched waist– it’s so stylish and fun! I knew this would make the perfect holiday jacket. It closes with one button, has a bit of a peplum, and has in-seam welt pockets. It’s fully lined, too, which makes it even more luxurious and versatile. The blazer also has slightly-shaped sleeves– they’re a little longer on the front side of your hand than on the palm side, which is a great detail.
I used two black cotton sateens, one very shiny (for the lapels and welts) and one more matte (for the body) to give it a bit of a tuxedo look. The shinier sateen had a great deal of stretch to it, but since every piece I was using it for needed to be interfaced, I could get away with it.The blazer is lined with a charcoal-colored silk charmeuse for a wee touch ‘o’ fancy-schmanciness.
The pattern is really easy to put together, but it does take a little time. I made a muslin, but didn’t end up making any fit alterations at all. I was intimidated by the welt pockets, but they were really easy to do. The best part is that because they’re in-seam pockets, you don’t have to do any scary slashing on your jacket front! Yay! I really like this pattern, and definitely recommend it. It’s sleek and sassy in black, but I bet it would look really cute in colors (I’m thinking of a red one– wouldn’t that be cool, in an equestrian way?). I also like the idea of making a short version to wear over dresses.
This sounds insane, but this is my first black blazer! I’ve never owned one before! I feel a little square and boring in it, but I know it will go with so many things in my wardrobe. I definitely feel older and more put-together wearing it, for better or for worse!
What’s your favorite way to take an outfit from day to night? What are the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe? Did you sew any special holiday outfits this year?