First of all, in case you hadn’t heard, I won a fourth prize place in the Tessuti Colour in Thirds Contest! So it was worth it pushing myself to get the dress I posted about in my last post finished and blogged in time. I haven’t spent my winnings yet: my voucher is valid for 3 years but somehow I think it will get used up well before then 🙂
On with the business of today’s post, which is about the Alina Sewing and Design Company’s Fulton Sweater Blazer. This is an interesting alternative to the traditional notched lapel blazer, and one which I thought would be a step up from a cardigan, but without being as formal as a jacket or blazer. Initially, when I first made this item I was a little on the fence about it, but the truth is that I have been reaching for it a lot (wore it today in fact, on my first day back at work after 5 weeks away!) and it’s a great neutral layering piece to have in my wardrobe.
As ever, please check my full review below for all the details. The main thing to note about this pattern is that it is drafted for a B-cup. And whilst this jacket is designed to be worn open, not closed, I decided to go ahead and do a 0.5 inch FBA, which brought a bust dart in. For me, I would rather have that dart there and the garment fit me properly, than not and have pull/ drag lines everywhere.
You will note that I chose to use a contrasting striped fabric for my cuff facing. I thought the cuff facing was a nice detail which can be worn turned up or down. I made my own bias binding from lining scraps and used a combination of a bias binding finish for the facings, a hong kong finish for the centre back seam (due to the 3/8ths inch seam allowance), and an overlocked finish for everything else. I also used the striped contrasting fabric (which was a remnant piece I had in my stash) to cut the back neck facing.
The Fulton Sweater Blazer is an open-front knit jacket with a slimming relaxed fit. Polished, yet comfortable, this layering piece will instantly escalate casual outfits while adding a layer of warmth as you transition to and from seasons.
Easy to dress up or dress down, this pattern can be worn anywhere from the office to the park to a night out.
The 3/4-sleeves layer nicely over short sleeves, while the full-length sleeves are practical for cooler weather. Both sleeve lengths can be folded up and cuffed to expose a thick facing (use a fun contrast fabric here!).
The hip-length version (View A) is extremely versatile while the knee-length version (View B) can be made in warmer fabrics more suitable for cold weather. Large patch pockets serve to catch all of the essentials on-the-go.
This pattern is unlined, making it easy to sew, and can be made on any home sewing machine.
I made view A.
From bust size 32 – 44.5 inches, and hip size 34 – 46.5 inches
I cut a size 16 through the bust, shoulder and arms and graded out to an 18 over the waist and hips.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
For the most part very good and a comprehensive set of finished garment measurements are provided. I did find the written instructions for the collar a little hard to follow, but there is a video tutorial available which is clearer.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the finished garment. It feels comfortable and is very easy to wear. Nothing to dislike.
A viscose mix ponte knit in camel colour.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- 0.5 inch FBA which brought a bust dart in (the pattern is drafted for a B-cup).
- Added 5/8ths inch to the front and back side seams.
- For next time: I think the bust darts have to be moved down an inch, and I have already done this on the pattern, but this seems to vary depending on which bra I am wearing, lol.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might make again. A longer length in a heavier fabric might be nice. Yes. I recommend.
Easy to wear but a step-up from a cardigan; definitely a great piece to have in your wardrobe.
My first day back at work went well. I am only doing two short days this week. I am feeling much better and just trying to take things slowly. As ever, thanks for all your support and wishes.