A few months ago, I ordered
Paper Cut Patterns' Bellatrix Blazer
and it sat for a bit until I found some fabric. The fabric found me, a sale email from Mood Fabrics A lipstick red cotton sateen
Since I got this sateen at a great price, $5/ yard , I just went full blast into sewing the jacket. I thought this would work fine for the first time. I put up a picture on Instagram and SewBusyLizzy commented" the sizing is quite generous." I had traced a Medium but after this comment, I went back and retraced between a small and a medium. I found SewBusyLizzy to be quite right after completing this jacket and will go down to a straight small next time.
I added 1" to the length of the blazer, on the upper fronts and upper back. Also adding 1" to the front piece and sleeves. I will omit this addition to the body of the jacket next time but add another 1/2" to the sleeves.
I found the instructions fabulous and it doesn't take long to sew. In reality, it takes longer to trace the pattern, cut out the fabric, fusible interfacing, and lining. The instructions have you fuse the interfacing to all the jacket except the back and the sleeves.
I do think the back is too big, way too big all around. What do you think?
The lining requirement are minimal and I had this fabric in my closet
so I used it!
In my opinion, my fabric is too stiff for this jacket and that is some of the issues. That and the sizing I selected, you can see it here it the front, too.
I left off the buttonhole and button from this blazer. I just thought it wasn't too necessary with the longer lapels. I also, just used the welt pocket flap on the front but they are decorative only. I did not add the pocket bag as I really didn't think I would ever use the welt pocket in the jacket.
I looked at the two reviews on Pattern Review before and after I finished my jacket. After looking at these pictures and at the ones an PR, I might prefer the shorter length for my next attempt at this pattern.
So to summarize - great pattern drafting and instructions, it goes together absolutely beautifully but the sizing is generous. I am going to try it again, in a fabric with a softer hand, tracing a smaller size and using the shorter length.
Don't you think this jacket would look totally different worn with pants or jeans?
Now do you have suggestions?