As soon as simplicity released their Fall patterns I knew I wanted to make S8749 by Mimi G. This fall I've decided to make more separates. I'm always in need of tops and pants because I default to dresses. Additionally, I have also wanted to tackle a blazer for a while now and this oversized blazer seemed like a good place to start.
Simplicity recommends gaberdine, stretch woven, ponte or wool types and I selected this red wool gabardine with a small lycra content. When this fabric arrived I couldn't stop caressing it, it has such a nice hand, a wool like feel, the perfect amount of stretch and this shade of red is everything. Unfortunately this fabric is sold out but this light tan gabardine is similar. If you prefer non-stretch I also like the color of this olive khaki worsted wool.
The pants were sewn first because I was worried they would require some adjustments and likely be more time consuming. I fell in between a 18 and 20W so I did something I hardly ever do...made a quick muslin. Are ya'll proud of me? I am! And I have to admit I was so glad I did because the 20 was just too loose. With that knowledge I revisited the size 18 and graded up from just below the hip to the waist about 1/2" and cut the size 20 waistband. Overall I am pleased with the fit of these pants for a first attempt. They could be tapered more below the need and I'm guessing that the front crotch could shortened to eliminate some of those pulls across the front.
I also tried to dress up my insides by bias binding the pocket bags, waistband and leg hem. Though it does look clean on the inside I don't love that you an see the outline when worn due to the fitted style of these slacks. I'll keep that in mind for my next pair of slacks. The side slit at the ankle is a nice touch!
On to the blazer...I'm so glad Mimi G designed this boyfriend blazer! For one it is very on-trend and two it's a tad more forgiving in terms of fit. I love the longer length and think it will layer nicely over jeggings and dresses as well as the enclosed pants.
The welt pockets were a first for me and I have to say, while they are not perfect, I am proud of them. If you follow my IG stories you saw that I made one attempt on scraps and then jumped right in on my jacket front (if you don't follow me now as it's still in my highlights). Another first for me was adding shoulder heads utilizing some scrap fleece I had laying around.
Time really flies! Can you believe the holiday season is already here! I hope you had a fun, filling Thanksgiving with family and friends!
See you next month!