So, my spring sewing is off to a great start. My plan for March is to be a beast in the sewing room! Now, let's hope the mojo holds out!
I've been wanting a white blazer for the longest. I was planning (and still planning) to do a more classic-cut tailored white jacket, but I ran across Simplicity 2250 a Cynthia Rowley pattern, while flipping through the pattern catalog. I'd always thought the dress was really cute for one of my daughters, but I'd never notice the jacket. So I did my research to see if anyone else had made the jacket and I read the reviews that I found.
I used a white wool-blend crepe suiting that I've had for a while. I cut the size 16. I knew I wanted my blazer to be longer than picture, so I lengthened it by 3 inches and I tapered it in slightly at the waist. I did that to compensate for the omitted self-belt and the boxy-ness of the original draft.
The jacket is unlined, which would normally bother me. But since I'm sewing for spring and summer, it's perfect. I always want something lightweight to wear when going into cold movie theaters and chilly restaurants during warm days. And to give the blazer a crisp finish, I interfaced the binding that trims the edge of the blazer. The jacket also has 3/4 length sleeves that were fine right out of the envelope.
And I also made the Vogue 1282 - Donna Karan Collection top.
As several other reviewers mentioned, this top is very simple. It's one piece and binding for sleeves. But it's cut extremely LOW! But that was easily solved by just sewing the seam higher. And also, the instructions suggested using a "weight" for the inside of that seam. No... didn't have one, so I used a penny. Seems to be working just fine. I cut the size 16 and used a mint green rayon spandex jersey. And I left the hem raw. A raw hem on fabric like this for tops like these just works for me.