When Papercut Patterns released the new Constellation Collection I fell in love with the Bellatrix Blazer and immediately placed an order. It has taken me a wee while to actually sew it up, but I'm pleased to say the first iteration is now in my wardrobe.
I dithered a bit about the fabric, but when I pulled this from the depths of my stash, it was obvious. This shiny PVC/polytester blend that has a kinda suede feel was a little acquisition from The Fabric Store at one of their sales last year at something ridiculous like $6 p/m.
The black lapel and welt pockets are actually the reverse of the fabric. I've got no idea where I got the button from, it was a solitary find in my button jar. The match is so perfect you might think that I made a self-covered button, but no!
My inner self battled over whether or not to make a muslin - but the voice of reason spoke and the muslin was made. Just as well, because changes were most definitely required for a better fit. Well actually, it wouldn't have fit at all if I had made it direct from the packet.
I had quiet a battle with the princess seams, fluffing with the curve for a small and lower bust. Anyway it finally worked out after ripping the muslin apart and sewing it up again, about three times!
I also had to move the shoulder seam (at the arms edge) forward by 1.5". In hindsight I should have also moved it forward at the neck edge about 1/2"! I lengthened the sleeves by 2" and lengthened the body 1/2" about 3/4" up from the under arm. Whilst that doesn't seem to be a long list of alterations I'm still trying to get my head around interpreting the adjustment that might be required.
I didn't use interfacing in front of the jacket (as per the instructions), but rather just placed the interfacing in the lapel. Given the stability of the fabric this was an okay decision.
I wasn't sure about whether I would need shoulder pads, but after a final fitting before closing the lining I decided that the shoulders could do with some structure to help the blazer maintain it's shape.
For a touch of fun I used this pretty pink plaid for the pocket lining, left over from my peek-a-boo dress. This is also a really good close-up of the fabric.
Now I just got to make some black skinny jeans to wear the jacket with - although my "me made" jeans in this photo worked. It's not one of those garments that will go with everything - I'll have to be quite selective about what I can wear it with. Maybe a black dress would work also?
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