Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Boucle Blazer

I love a blazer for work. It's a great way to add some oomph to basic slacks and a blouse.

I used Simplicity 4698. It's OOP, but you can grab one on Etsy or Ebay. It's a great pattern for a fitted jacket with several variations. I made my first version in 2012. 6 years ago?!?!? I can't believe it's been that long. Yet this is a timeless, classic style and I won't be donating this pattern anytime soon. 

For this version, I used a polyester boucle I picked up at an independent fabric store while I was on a trip to San Francisco. It wasn't pricey. I love the colors integrated into the fabric: cream, green, blue. 

I wanted a quick and easy project and didn't fiddle with any design details. No collar, buttons, closures, pockets on this one. This is just a throw on-and-go piece. 

I made my standard, one size smaller than the pattern recommends based on my measurements, other than that, no changes to fit. 

For this version, I added shoulder pads, which I hadn't on my previous one. I think it gives the jacket a more professional, structured look. 

I need to be better about taking photos of the innards, but this jacket has a unique, partial lining. This keeps it lightweight but still lined in all the right places. 

I got several compliments in the office when I first worse this. I love the 3/4 length sleeve for transitioning to warmer weather. I will definitely be making more of these. Who knows? Maybe in another 6 years!