Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Patchwork Blazer Tutorial

 Patchwork Blazer Tutorial (this was part of a look I created here)

This is for a boy's blazer size 8.

Supplies needed:
:: 3/4 yard of 2 different gray wool suiting fabrics
:: rotary cutter
:: quilting ruler
:: cutting mat
:: your favorite blazer pattern (I used Melly Sews Basic Blazer)
:: piping (optional if you would like to add piping along the edges of both the lapels)

Cut 4 inch strips out of both gray wool suiting fabrics.
 Make 2 sections of fabric that are exactly the same. Take half the 4 inch strips of each color, with 1/2 inch seam allowances sew the strips together, alternating the grays, so you end of with stripes. Iron down all the seams in the same direction & topstitch seams down.
Repeat this for the second half of the strips.

 Cut 4 inch strips out of the striped fabric.

 With 1/2 inch seam allowances, sew the new strips together, lining them up so that in the end it is a checkerboard pattern. Iron down all the seams in the same direction & topstitch the seams down.
 In the end you will have 2 sections of fabric that will be 8 squares by 15 squares (each square will be 3 inches by 3 inches).
 Cut out your blazer pattern pieces.
 Follow the pattern instructions & sew the blazer together. If you are going to add piping to the lapels I suggest basting them to the lapel first before sewing the lapel pieces together.

Those are my tips and tricks for sewing your own patchwork blazer.

Happy sewing !