I have my first make for my fall capsule today and it’s the topper. I have wanted an oversize blazer for awhile now and was really excited to sew this up. I found a great classic suiting fabric and knew it would look great as the Heather Blazer from Friday Pattern Company.
That is where my excitement ended… Sadly this make was one I did not enjoy making, at all! I cut it out and then proceeded to have a crazy stressful couple of weeks and just did not have the mental capacity to make a complicated, lined blazer. I should have just set it aside and worked on some easier projects. That was my first mistake.
Then I made the absolute rookie mistake of just cutting into my fabric and not making a muslin and checking the fit. I think in my head I thought, “oversize blazer! It will be fine!” Reader, it was not fine. I had fitting issues in the sleeves and biceps and then after addressing those I finished the blazer and it looked beautiful. Except the sleeves were way too short. Comically short. So I unpicked and now have makeshift finishes on the sleeves. Not great.
I almost just quit but I was so close and it was so close to being good. So I finished it up and now I think it’s just too big. I wanted oversize but I think it’s leaning towards silly and not chic.
So what are my learning successes? (we don’t have failures over here anymore. I love Jasika Nicole’s take on this!) I learned- toile it out!!! And know that sleeves usually need lengthening. If I make this again I will size down and lengthen the sleeves and make a broad shoulder adjustment. Then I think the fit would be spot on.
I think this is a good pattern and the instructions are great with a lot of supplement links to videos and things. I just think I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for a long term complicated project and have ended up with a garment that is just meh for me when I really wanted to love it.
I am going to hang this one up in the closet and try to wear it and style it up in a few ways. I don’t think it’s a total loss!
This pattern goes from an XS to 7X (32″ bust to 60″ bust) and I made a straight size medium. I made no adjustments but then had to change the hem on the sleeves so they were long enough.
While I thought the instructions and drafting were good I will say I disagree that this could be a beginner pattern. I think it’s pretty complicated and could cause a lot of frustration.