Heather’s Basic Blazer

Filet crochet is one of my favorite crochet techniques. It’s easy, quick to master, and lovely to look at. Its versatility never ceases to amaze me. Filet crochet can be used for curtains, table runners, accessories, and many kinds of garments. I chose it to feature in my crochet cardigan called Heather’s Basic Blazer.

I like pieces of clothing that are easy to mix and match. Especially cardigans should work with everything in your closet. This basic style works wonders with skirts and dresses, and compliments looks built around trousers. The only thing that can clash with this cardigan is its color. I’ve sorted out that problem by making two: one in basic black, and one in petrol blue. The blue version is actually made with a combination of two yarns. A light, upcycled acrylic in petrol blue, and a satin finished black yarn also upcycled. The combo of two textures and colors gave the blazer a unique finish, and made the blue cardigan decadently heavy. I’ve often heard that one shouldn’t mix different weights and finishes, but I think it’s a way to add detail to a basic garment. As long as the yarns can both be washed in the same temperature, it’s OK to go nuts. I recommend playing around with yarns. After all, crocheting should be fun and rewarding.

The black version is made with basic cotton. I chose to use upcycled materials for both black and blue crochet cardigan. You can find a short tute on how to salvage yarn here, but feel free to use freshly bought yarn or something from your stash instead. This crochet cardigan works with any kind of sport weight yarn. As long as the gauge matches, you’re good to go!

Both these cardigans have quickly become my absolute favourites. They’re easy to pair, comfy to wear, and offer the right amount of warmth to casual outfits. With a sleek shape, they’re even nice to wear under winter coats!

I hope you’ll enjoy the Heather’s Basic Blazer crochet pattern!

Until next Wednesday.



BackLacing Blazer

I had a small piece of patterned wool. The fabric was nice and warm, and soft to the touch. I planned to turn it into a kilt-like skirt, but the fabric refused. It wanted to be a backlacing blazer with Gothic-inspired details.

It took quite a bit of planning to get every pattern piece cut from the tiny amount of fabric, but the blazer came to be.

The BackLacing Blazer is available as a sewing pattern in sizes 32-40.

BackLacing Blazer, front view

The snug little blazer is short of hem and tight of sleeve. It has a large, low-cut collar, and is best worn during late spring and early autumn. It works with high-waisted skirts and trousers along with both short and long dresses. Scarves add warmth to the revealing jacket, and help create unique looks.

The eye-cather to this blazer is on the back. Made with two separate pieces, this style is laced closed, and can be modified in size. The lacing is supported with rigilene-tape, and comes without a modesty flap for easy wear.

BackLacing Blazer, back view

The blazer is fully lined, and made with puff-sleeves. This makes the garment even more comfortable to wear: with more room at the shoulders, the jacket won’t feel constricting. Puff-sleeves help in making the shoulders look a bit wider, so this style works best on slender ladies.

The model blazer is made with patterned wool and a contrasting lining. For a more subdued look, try patternless fabric, and matching lining. For a bit more drama, choose black wool, and pair it with a blazing red lining and laces to match.

I hope you’ll enjoy the BackLacing Blazer sewing pattern!

Until next Wednesday.



BackLacing Blazer paired with Hi-Lo Velvet Skirt

Let’s Make… Add backlacing to a blazer

Once upon a time, I had a corduroy blazer. I found it at a flea market many years ago, and figured it would fall apart a month later. H&M had made the blazer with quality, though, and I’ve worn it with joy.
This spring, however, the blazer felt a little too snug. Might have been the pullover I wore under it, or maybe it shrunk (ladies do not gain weight so it can’t be that), who knows, but still it felt uncomfortable.
I wasn’t ready to let go of it, so I gave it a makeover.
To make the blazer a bit more roomy, I opened the center back seam. The collar I left untouched. There was a slit on the hem of the original blazer, so the edges were uneven. I straightened them by just cutting off excess fabric.
I tucked in raw edges of fabric, and top-stitched both sides. The corduroy was light, and starting to show signs of wear, so I didn’t want to strain the fabric with eyelets.
I still wanted the back to have a lazing, so I could alter the size when I’m wearing more beneath. Cheap satin ribbon is perfect for this purpose: though it can’t handle washing, it looks nice, and holds well when tied.
I decided to go with buttonholes.
I marked their places on both sides of the back, and made them as small as possible.
After, I could just lace the parts together. The detail looks pretty, and gives the blazer both room and versatility.
The blazer fits well now, and I’m really happy with the result.
 Though the change wasn’t too drastic, it still helped prolong the life of a garment.
The lines of the blazer are soft yet androgynous. I like to pair it with hems both long and short, and flowing scarfs to give it a more feminine feel.The laced back is also a feature on a freshly launched sewing pattern. I had found a little piece of patterned wool fabric from a flea market, and turned it into a snug-fitting blazer with a laced up back and low-cut collar. Check it out, and tell me what you think!
Until next Wednesday.