Thursday, August 25, 2016

Floral Blazer - Simplicity 1167

  
Mood Fabrics' floral pique jacket using Mimi G's Simplicity pattern 1167
 It is August, summer is winding down and I am frantically sewing.  Particularly,  those last few summer projects I really want to finish before fall gets here.  Anyone else like that?  A floral blazer has been on my list since May and I found the perfect fabric,
  Mood Fabrics' Blue/White Floral Pique.  The fabric is all cotton and was a dream to sew.  If that floral isn't quite your colors, Mood Fabrics has so many great florals.  For the lining, I went with this aqua charmeuse but used the  matte side on my jacket.    I love the shiny side of the charmeuse but with the busy floral print, I liked the matte side better. 
Mood Fabrics' floral pique jacket using Mimi G's Simplicity pattern 1167
  Now that I had the fabric in hand, I had to find the right pattern and there are so many great blazer patterns, making it a hard decision.  I went with Simplicity 1167, just for the style and shape.  One thing I did like was the front lapels and no collar, which seemed a nice simple jacket for my floral print. 
Mood Fabrics' floral pique jacket using Mimi G's Simplicity pattern 1167
    The jacket is easy to construct, with nice details. The front flaps, some extra pieces on the lapel and side pockets all add nice extras to the look of the jacket.  I added one inch to the sleeves and they still are a bit short, a fact that isn't too noticeable  with the turned up sleeves.  The pattern does have several pieces, a front inset which is hidden by the front lapels, a small inset piece on the facing, to name a couple extra ones.  Just take a look at the line drawing to get an idea of these pieces, although it doesn't accurately show the front  inset piece. simplicity-sportswear-pattern-1167-front-back-view 
   and here is a close up of the lapel 
Mood Fabrics' floral pique jacket using Mimi G's Simplicity pattern 1167 - close up
  I did like the partial lining, it made my project quicker for my feverish final sewing push.  The sleeves are also lined and treated as one when you attach the the jacket.  All the seams are finished with my serger.  This might not be the finish of choice for some but I evaluate each project.  Trendy or timeless?  If it is trendy and maybe a short lived fashion life, I go with the quicker finish methods.  Now if the project gets the timeless vote, I will use a full lining or special seam finishes,  add the extra interfacing, pad stitching, etc.  You get the picture. 
Mood Fabrics' floral pique jacket using Mimi G's Simplicity pattern 1167- inside partial lining
  One thing I found sewing the pattern, Mimi's instructions (this is a a Mimi G pattern) really speak to me.  Her instructions are well-written and provide additional information but the biggest thing is she sews like me.  The order of construction and the way she handles the interfacing.  I never cut all my interfacing out at once, instead cut it as I need it.  Then after cutting, I fuse that one piece of interfacing to that pattern piece.  Well, this is exactly how the Mimi instructions were, you get to the collar piece and it tells you to fuse the interfacing.  This really appealed to me and I said to myself, Mimi thinks like me, I really like this!
Mood Fabrics' floral pique jacket using Mimi G's Simplicity pattern 1167
  In the instructions, Mimi refers to the jacket as a boyfriend blazer and you can put on the buttonhole either side.  I went with the traditional side for a buttonhole.  Boyfriend part of the description is part that might not be too accurate.  I feel like a boyfriend garment is a bit oversized, I don't feel that way at all about this pattern.  It does not have much ease and isn't too long on me.  If you are going for that boyfriend look, then size up.  I went with a size 12 at the shoulders and split the difference between a 12 and 14 and the bust and back to a 12 at the waist.
Mood Fabrics' floral pique jacket using Mimi G's Simplicity pattern 1167 - side view
    Now back to the fabric, the floral pique, I love this fabric.  I haven't sewn with cotton pique in several years but I really enjoyed  working with this fabric.   My only recommendation is a new needle. I am so happy I went to work on this jacket, the colors are fabulous and I love to wear blue.  Plus I had a RTW top in the perfect blue to match my floral blazer.  One thing I do like about sewing up those last minute garments for a season,  they are a true wardrobe refresh for the last few weeks. 
Mood Fabrics' floral pique jacket using Mimi G's Simplicity pattern 1167
  I hope you finish your last minute projects and I am heading back to finish a couple more! Picture note - I went to a public garden in my town, I thought  a perfect setting for a floral garment    
Disclosure - I receive a monthly fabric allowance from Mood Fabrics to make a garment.  These garment are blogged at Mood Sewing Network first and then I will blog here about this garment.
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22 comments:

  1. Love your beautiful floral blazer. Those colors are so happy and vibrant, perfect for summer (I can't believe it's the end of August already - yikes!)

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    1. Thanks, Tomasa, I love the colors and want summer back!

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  2. It's really pretty. Love the fabric, it's perfect for the jacket.

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    1. Thanks so much, it was just what I had in mind. Love when you can find the fabric which matches the idea you have.

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  3. Lovely jacket Lori!

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  4. What a lovely jacket!
    Where did the summer go? I've had to put my last summer projects on hold to sew samples for Fall classes, and I'm still hoping that I can manage to finish at least a couple more summer projects after that. September can still be warm enough to get at least one wear of last-minute summer makes. May-be??

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    1. Thanks, Irene, it will be hot in September here in MO to get wear out of last minute things. Good luck with your fall and summer sewing.

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  5. This is really a great jacket, Lori! Thanks for bringing this pattern back to my attention.

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  6. Lovely jacket. Very pretty fabric and the pattern is perfect.

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    1. Thanks, Vicki, I love the combination.

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  7. What a beautiful jacket! The roll line on the lapel is so flattering, and the pique is such a feminine fabric and has such great structure. Your jackets are always my favorite projects that you make, you sew them so wonderfully.

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    1. It was so fun to sew the pique, I loved it. Thanks, I really like making jackets.

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  8. Love the jacket - the fabric looks like it was nice to work with.

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    1. Thanks, Joen, it was great fabric.

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  9. Your jacket looks so fresh and summery! I really do love a floral jacket for warm weather, very elegant and chic and it goes so perfectly nicely with jeans, like you're wearing it here. I love your whole outfit, in fact :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Carolyn, it is a fun blazer.

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  10. Swooning over here. Looooove the jacket style, the print & fit on you.

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    1. Thank you, Sheila, I love it too!

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  11. You look summery and cool in this lovely jacket. I love cotton pique and how light but stable it is, perfect for this pattern. Thanks for making me take a second look at some of the jacket details, too, since they make it just a little more chic than a traditional blazer.

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    1. Thank you, Jane, it is a nice pattern and I am with you on pique. I need to sew it more.

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