The Blazer. I don't actually have a whole lot to say about this! I posted a lot of in-progress photos and comments on construction on Instagram as I was making it, so I'm not inclined to repeat it all here. I will say that although this project took far longer than I expected it to, it was completely engrossing and enjoyable for me. I learned so much, and had so much fun working alongside Shar and Lisa.
And I'm thrilled with the final result. This is the best fitting blazer I've ever owned, thanks to all those fit adjustments I outlined in this post. The tissue-fitting ended up being pretty much spot on - the only change I had to make in the fabric was to bring the low round back adjustment in about 1/8". Now that I've got the fit where I want it, this pattern will become a TNT for me; I've already started gathering supplies for a second version, which will be hand-tailored. For more information on the pattern, see Lisa's post here.
If the blazer looks a little rumpled in these photos, that's because it is! It's already been worn a few times - sadly under a winter coat, so it got a bit smooshed. For these pictures I went more formal than I did when I wore the blazer previously - once with jeans, a cream top and leopard belt and shoes, another time with jeans tucked into black tall boots and black sweater.
I admit that I had a little trouble setting in the sleeves - which is strange because I'm usually pretty good at that! There are a few wrinkles at the shoulder that I just couldn't get out for the life of me, even after adding in sleeve heads. There are no puckers in my sewing, and since both Shar and Lisa have no wrinkles at their shoulders, I suspect it has to do with my rather thin fabric. I promise to do better next time.
Here's the (rumpled) back, which does not bind at all - bliss!
I can do this:
And those lovely pocket flaps aren't just for looks - these are real pockets!
Here's my blue-violet lining:
And finally, just for kicks, here it is with the collar popped. I have a little side project going wherein I'm watching all the TV shows I missed in the '80s while I was busy studying in high school, college and graduate school. So I sort of felt like I had to go there.
But I won't be staying there, because the wool is too itchy on the back of my neck!