Hi there! Today I am sharing my version of the Spit Up and Stilettos free Gabrielle Blazer. Spit Up and Stilettos actually has a whole range of really cool free women's sewing patterns - which I hope to get around making more of soon. You can give a donation too if you love the pattern and want to contribute!
I was looking for a cool blazer pattern when I came across the Gabrielle Blazer - the only thing I really wanted to change was to make it fasten at the front instead of being open all the time.
The fabric I chose is a french terry sweatshirt fabric from Girl Charlee so it could be super comfortable as well as being reasonably formal to wear to work. It was really simple to create a clasp in the front, I simply added a large snap to keep it in place, and a hook and eye where I wanted the two to meet.
I also ended up tapering in the 3/4 sleeves to be more fitted, and adding a large cuff - as I decided the sweatshirt fabric didn't lend itself well to the loose 3/4 sleeve - it looked too informal for what I wanted it for. I love that I can wear the long cuffs if it is cold outside, but fold them back if I am typing at the computer in the office.
I used quite a stiff interfacing for the lapels, and I think next time I might use something slightly softer - but at least these keep their shape really well! I had to sew down the top of the lapels to keep it lying flat and not sticking up in the air!
You can probably see that although I did make an effort to try and match the stripes - it didn't work particularly well in parts! However, I don't think its very noticeable and I don't mind at all!
Overall I would highly recommend this pattern for someone who wants to have a go at sewing a blazer but might be afraid to do so, the steps were really easy to follow - and I love the results. If you want something more fitted then I would definitely recommend the DIY version that I have done.
Thanks for dropping by!