Or is it a swazer? Whatever you call it, I'm really feeling my new blazer made from a sturdy sweater knit. It is cozy and slouchy and perfect for fall.

Pattern: McCall's Misses' Lined Jackets in 3 Lengths #M6172
Fabric: 3 yds knit fabric
Cost: free from Bay Area Sewists pattern swap

This was an impromptu project inspired by Saturday's fabric swap with the Bay Area Sewists in Berkeley. Terrible air quality Sunday from the Camp Fire forced me inside with five yards of this mystery fabric and no other real plans and this is what came out.

I love the sweater blazers I've been seeing around lately and nearly bought the Alina Design Co Fulton Sweater pattern. The collar is unique and I like that it's made for knits, but it doesn't close in the front. It doesn't even touch across your mid-section! Instead, I pulled out an old favorite - the out-of-print but still-for-sale Palmer/Pletsch #M6172. Actually, if you're in the market for a blazer pattern, I highly recommend it. It has an entire page of directions dedicated to fitting, with lines drawn on the actual pattern for things like bust adjustments. I wish more patterns had this!

Of course, I threw it all out the window, eliminating the front and back princess seams and beautiful two-piece sleeve in favor of something more slouchy. That doesn't mean though that it didn't get some TLC. The facings and collar are interfaced and hand tacked to the jacket with invisible stitches, as is the hem (several hours of TV were also involved). I also shaved off an inch from the shoulders, as I knew I wouldn't be using shoulder pads. The sleeves have deep cuffs made for rolling up when it gets warm. The result is a comfortable, practical jacket that I hope will get a lot of wear.

Believe it or not, this is not my first sweater blazer. Back in 2011, when I was still learning to sew, I made a floppy version from this same pattern in a sweatshirt fleece. I was so proud of that thing, but it didn't stand the test of time - looking back, I think it could have benefitted from some interfacing, and maybe a different fabric. I also made a more successful version a few years ago using this faux blazer collar from McCall's #M6519.

I picked up a few other fun fabrics from the swap not to mention the trip to the fabric store after, so I have lots of fun ideas brewing! 


  1. Love that color!! I was just thinking I needed another knit blazer!!

  2. I've been wanting a knit blazer - that is so nice. Also I just used that McCalls pattern to make a structured blazer, you are right that is such a great pattern so many good details.

  3. It's beautiful! That looks like something you could wear every day.


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