I made a list a while ago of things that were missing from my closet and added them to my never-ending sewing list. One of those things was a blazer. I have a few suit jackets, but nothing along the lines of the classic tailored jackets I was imagining. I’ve been collecting fabrics and patterns to make cute blazers that could be switched between dresses, skirts and jeans, but I have yet to delve into sewing my own blazer. When Decades of Style introduced their third pattern for their Decades Everyday line, I knew it was the perfect easy intro pattern and exactly what I was looking for.
Pattern Name: Decades Everyday Three’s A Charm Jacket
Size Range: Bust sizes 30″-46″
What size did you make? Graded up to about a size 48/49″ bust
What are your…..
- Measurements: 48-41-52
- Body Shape: Pear-ish/Spoon
- Height: 5’8
- Bra size: 44D
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take?
Aside from enlarging the pattern, I fully lined it and widened the sleeves for my full biceps. Re-sizing the pattern up a size or so was an easy task, but lining this jacket was a bit of tricky process for me. This pattern is unlined with facings to make it easier to construct, but as I prefer my jackets lined, I went ahead and lined it — basically sewing two jackets. One in my Anna Sui wool plaid suiting and the other in red silk charmeuse. I wanted to keep the facings, so I followed the construction process illustrated in the instructions and inserted my lining in as I sewed my jacket. Lining the jacket took twice as long as sewing an unlined version.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you?
This jacket went together well. Decades of Style patterns are thoughtful, beautifully designed and well-drafted and the Three’s A Charm Jacket is no different. The instructions guide you through the process and don’t leave anything out. The shaping is provided by cleverly designed darts in the front and back. There are facings around the collar and the front lines of the jacket, with a self-facing on the back. These are held down with top-stitching that is mirrored on the sleeve hem. The front button is optional.
How did you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think that the design works well for your body shape?
This jacket is slim-fitting and meant to be worn with sleeveless or short-sleeved tops and dresses, like a woven cardigan. It’s fitted around the waist to both allow for fuller skirts, but to also give waist definition. This is exactly the type of style that I like to wear and the design pairs perfectly with the dresses in my closet.
Will you make this pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make?
I will most definitely make this jacket again and already have some fabric set aside to make another. I plan to enlarge the armscyes to better accommodate the added width from the enlarged sleeves. Depending upon what I plan to wear my future Three’s A Charm Jackets with, I may also go up a size and may lengthen the sleeves to wear with a long-sleeved sweater. I might also sew a bound buttonhole for a cleaner finish.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources or materials that helped you sew this piece up?
If you’re not accustomed to wearing slim-fitting jackets, I’d suggest making a muslin first to check the fit and see if it’s to your liking. If you like a little more ease, you may want to go up a size.
I used the method in this tutorial to grade this pattern up.
Pattern Rating (1-5):
- Size range: 4
- Instructions: 5
- Construction process: 5
- Final fit: 4.5
- Overall rating: 4.62
Overall, I am very pleased with this jacket. I’ve always wanted a plaid blazer and I’ve had this fabric in my stash for a while waiting to be made into one. I was a little apprehensive about making this fabric into a jacket as I wanted the plaid pattern to match, so this jacket was a great option as I didn’t have as many pattern pieces to line up and match.