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makes: lisette by simplicity 1419 blazer

It must be almost a year since I bought this pattern, with the intention of making a whole wardrobe of summer dresses for 2016 (ha). I dug it out of the unholy mess which is my sewing room, again, with the intention of making a dress, when I noticed that this also includes a pattern for a blazer! Say what now?

I have a love/hate relationship with blazers. I love wearing them but RTW ones never fit properly over my chest. So when I spotted this one, I had to give it a go.

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Simplicity Lisette 1419 is a cropped blazer with a small peplum at the bottom. It’s a great pattern to come to after a sewing break of frustration with your sewing machine, because there is next to no fitting involved – it’s meant to be relaxed and untailored. I sewed up a straight size 12/40 in this rather lovely fabric.

If you think it looks similar to your curtains, let’s be real – it probably is your curtains.  I got it from Ikea’s fabric range and I regret nothing. It’s 100% cotton, but since it’s designed for more upholstery-style uses (ahem), it is quite a rigid fabric to work with. I thought this would be great for a blazer…Well, yes and no. It’s great in the sense that it holds its shape very well, but frankly a nightmare when it came to turning the lapels, facing and peplum right way round on the bottom corners (roughly where I’m grabbing them on the picture below).

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At this point in the garment, there are are 5 layers of fabric sandwiched together, which is a little too much to handle. I clipped and trimmed as much as I could, but it’s still a little wonky. However, the busy print hides a multitude of sins. The inside is a hot mess as this fabric also frays like a beast, and no amount of faux-overlocking was going to help it. But do I like it? Absolutely!

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It’s a firm favourite in my work wardrobe, and I always get compliments on it (from women. My boyfriend says I look like a chair). It’s a great little layer to put on over a summery outfit in the cool of the morning, and isn’t too hot when the sun pops its head out.

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Would I make it again? Absolutely, but in a less stiff fabric. I’d also lengthen it just a little, as it’s a bit too cropped for my normal taste, and lengthen the sleeves too – these are the length indicated in the pattern but are at that awkward “are they cropped or aren’t they?” stage. I had my reservations about the peplum when I first made it: like Lucinda’s the peplum on mine had a tendency to stick out a little too far, but after its first wash and iron it’s settled down nicely.

Also for next time: not taking photos of over-garments when it’s pushing 30 degrees outside. Phew.

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