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Made By A Fabricista: It’s Blazer Season

The weather is getting just a tad colder in South Florida and we are officially in Blazer season!  I love a good blazer because I think it’s such a versatile garment to have in your closet.  When people think of a blazer, they usually think of a pant or skirt suit.  You can also dress down a blazer and wear it with a pair of jeans and some boots or some sneakers.  However you choose to wear it, it’s a great addition to any look.

After looking through my stash of patterns for a blazer pattern, I stumbled across Simplicity 9714. The pattern is described as Misses' Jacket, Pants and Shorts by Mimi G Style. As described, the pattern comes with a jacket and pants and shorts.  My favorite features of the pattern are the patch pockets and the side self-tie.  The pants have pockets and an elastic back.  I’ll have to make those next.

Based on my measurements, I sewed a size 22 and I didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern.  The instructions were straightforward, and I followed the pattern instructions, for the most part. The pattern instructions stated to slip stitch the hem of the sleeves. I’m not the biggest fan of hand sewing and I avoid it whenever I can. My favorite way of getting out of hand sewing a hem is by using Stitch Witchery or hem tape.  You can follow my method below.

1. Make a basting stitch marking the seam allowance. 

2. Serge and press over the serged edge of the hem.  This is about ¼”.

3. Fold over at basting stitch, concealing the serged edge and press.

4. Measure out a piece of Stitch Witchery the length needed. 

5. Place Stitch Witchery below pressed seam and press according to instructions.

6. All done

As I said, this is my all-time favorite way to finish a seam that you want to conceal stitches.  Comes out looking so clean and not a stitch in site. 

Let’s Talk Fabric Choice

As I was checking out the latest sales on the Fabric Mart site, I came across this beautiful fabric that was 70% off!! It is called Garnet/Bright Silver/Tan Polyester/Metallic Animal Brocade 58W.  Brocades are one of my favorite fabrics because of the texture and usually you can use either side of the fabric.  I love that because I love options. 

As you can see, I went the casual route with my look.  I paired my blazer with a white button-down shirt, some jeans and boots.  This is my go-to style, it’s called cute and comfy.  I love a little dress up moment, but being comfortable is my main priority.

I hope you all enjoyed my blazer/jacket as much as I do.  This is my last blog post of 2023 on the Fabric Mart site.  I’ll be back in 2024 with more content.  If you would like to keep up with me before then, you can check out my blog at or follow me on Instagram at  Until 2024!

JOHANNA @soveryjo  

Unfortunately Fabric Mart Fabrics sell out quickly!
You can find similar fabrics by shopping the following categories: BROCADE.


  1. Oh, my goodness! You look fabulous! I never would have thought to use that fabric with that pattern. Thank you for the inspo!

  2. Good pattern choice for this brocade. You look fabulous!


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