I originally ordered the Auburn Blazer pattern in Dec. 2021 because my niece wanted a denim jacket and this was the closest pattern I could find that was designed for curves (in Cashmerette patterns, she's a 14 c/d in the upper body, a 16 waist and 14 hips). I made a muslin with the regular sleeves which were too tight, so we knew we would use the full bicep sleeves in the final version. I then moved things around and cropped the pattern to the length she wanted. The final version was completed in early March, 2022.
Then in early January, her younger sister asked if I had a black blazer she could use for Model UN, starting 2/3. I proceeded to have her try on the muslin (with the full bicep sleeves) from her sister's which worked perfectly. Tonight she came to pick up the finished blazer.
I have been very impressed with your detailed instructions and illustrations. I love the "tailoring tips" you include for those who either have more experience or want to make use of your added resources to add things like bound buttonholes (when I've made men's jackets using patterns from one of the big companies, I've had to remember on my own to add in the bound buttonholes).
The Auburn blazer was a delight to make! The instructions were thorough and clear, with enough illustrations to help navigate through difficult steps. The pattern is well sized with room enough to wear a heavy layer under the blazer- no need to size up. Not only was this my first Cashmerette purchase, but it was also my first print at home pattern and it was easy to print out only the size I needed and then tape together the pattern pieces. Due to Cashmerette’s sizing, I had very few adjustments to make. I will make this again soon, as I have had numerous remarks on my lovely new blazer, but I will opt to make a welt buttonhole, versus the standard buttonhole I did on this blazer. As a side note, I used a heavy cotton fabric for the body of the jacket, but still lighter weight and less structure than wool. (Sometimes you see a fabric and you know you just gotta make that a part of your wardrobe!) Because of that I actually used knit interfacing on the back pieces to add stability, yet maintain a horizontal stretch- if that makes sense. I made the bias tape trim from the same cotton as the pocket linings. One thing to note, for those who haven’t done many linings is that when you see the back facing and front facing together at the shoulders the bias tape will not line up. I thought I’d made a mistake (I haven’t lined a blazer in many years) but upon reflection (and rereading the instructions) this is correct, as if they lined up the bulk on the shoulder would be a very noticeable hump.
This pattern will be used again and there will be more Cashmerette pattern purchases in the future!
I bought the Auburn pattern quite a long time ago, and I'm really struggling to fit it. The calculator said 18-32-26 with a 1" FBA, and I'm at 20-28-26 and it's fitting much better, but I still need to make adjustments. I've traced out the printed pattern so many times it's a mess. I just want to print out the sizes I want so I can grade, but there's no way I'm paying $25 for the pattern and then $25 for the PDF. If the PDF were cheaper I'd happily pay for it. PDF patterns are so much easier to work with. I bought it such a long time ago I have no idea why I got the printed one, but I really regret it. I know I'm hard to fit, so that's not bothering me as much, but constantly working with rapidly falling apart tissue is not fun.
I made the Auburn blazer in a traditional woven fabric from Myanmar. There were many challenges using this fabric including difficult pattern matching due to handwoven irregular patterns, fraying tendency, and general softness. The constant beautiful fit and excellent instructions of this pattern helped create a unique blazer for my sister-in-law. She is the adopted grandma to a Chin family here in Michigan and will wear this jacket to celebrations with them.
This exquisite pattern is drafted well. The sleeves went in without a pucker on the first try-a moment of sewing happiness.
The fit is crazy good, instructions very thorough and finished project was very professional.
I love the pattern. I made a toille and then I made the blazer. It's incredibly detailed which, in my opinion, gives each maker not only the ability to make a fab blazer, but also allows you to decide which of those details you want. For instance, I made the full blazer. Every step. I interfaced every piece, cut every notch, etc. But for my next blazer (Fall sewing), I'm actually going to make one in a linen that only has interfacing at the hems and in areas of stress. I was also surprised at how much I appreciated the shoulder pads. I was never really a fan, but as soon as I sewed them in, the professional look of the suit really sharpened up. I used a fun fabric (green with owls) and I tried to pattern match as much as possible. Sometimes I was successful :) Thanks for a great pattern and for all of the detailed blog posts.