Alina Sewing and Design Company Fulton Sweater Blazer: DIY Camel Ponte Knit Casual Blazer

Alina Sewing Design Company Fulton Sweater Blazer

Hey Everyone,

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.

Alina Sewing Design Company Fulton Sweater Blazer

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.

Alina Sewing Design Company Fulton Sweater Blazer
Alina Sewing Design Company Fulton Sweater Blazer

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.

Alina Sewing Design Company Fulton Sweater Blazer – inside finish
Alina Sewing Design Company Fulton Sweater Blazer – inside finish

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

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.

Pattern Sizing:

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?

Yes.

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.

Fabric Used:

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.

Conclusion:

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.

Until soon!

Alina Sewing Design Company Fulton Sweater Blazer
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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

9 thoughts on “Alina Sewing and Design Company Fulton Sweater Blazer: DIY Camel Ponte Knit Casual Blazer

  1. Your jacket is so pretty, inside and out! I really like how thorough your reviews are. I am doing a FBA on this pattern at the moment, so it is nice to see your jacket has a dart! When you added your 5/8th to the side seams was this after your FBA? And did you add 5/8th to the underarm seam too? If not do you just blend it in? (Sorry for all the questions, I just thought that extra seam allowance was a good idea and I’m just trying to plan for any problems that might occur.) I’m glad you’re feeling better too.

    1. Hi, so my 5/8ths inch FBA added 5/8ths in all the way through the front down to the hem. As a fit insurance I also added 5/8ths in just from the waist down. I did not add anything to the under arm seam. I figured if I needed to I could take any excess out of the side seams but in the end I just left it as it was. Hope that helps.

  2. You are looking so well and I’m glad to hear you are back to regular life, although it’s good to take it easy. That sweater blazer is a pattern that I hadn’t really paid attention to, but it does kind of straddle the difference between a cardigan and a blazer, and looks a lot quicker to sew.

  3. You’re looking marvelous! So glad you are able to be back at work. This pattern wasn’t on my radar at all, and appeals to my style for winter, which it isn’t any more. 🥵 (Am quite envying your long skirt and boots!) Will check it out for future… Oh, where did you find your fabric? That’s my major knit problem over here. Joann’s (hobby chain store) doesn’t regularly stock nice fabrics, and trying to order with on-line descriptions is so tricky. Congratulations on your prize-winning!!!

    1. Thanks Del. I purchased this particular fabric local to me I am afraid, from my local covered market. I share your frustration in trying to source good quality fabrics: a lot are purchased online for me.

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