Now, I am not one to EVER celebrate the end of summer but on mornings like today, cloudy, breezy, cool fall mornings, I can’t help but feel joy and anticipation for the new season. I can’t believe I am saying this but I am looking forward to cool crisp mornings. And since sewing is so deeply entwined in everything I do, the idea of new sewing projects for the new season seems so full of promise, I am excited! I am excited about pulling out my cardigans and sweatshirts, excited about trying new fabrics and patterns and excited about all the new possibilities that new seasons so often tend to bring 🙂
I’d been meaning to share my Evans Blazer on the blog for so long but life got busy and I kept putting off taking pictures until this week. I am glad I finally did because I love it so so much even though I didn’t initially see how I’d incorporate it into my existing wardrobe. As it turns out, it goes with so many things but more importantly, I just really love wearing it.
The Evans Blazer by Hey June patterns is a simple, unlined knit jacket. It comes in two views, view A has a classic blazer silhouette with welt pockets, collar and lapel and a button closure while View B is slightly cropped and angled with a draped shawl collar. The pattern is designed for light to medium weight sturdy knits.
I used a medium weight flecked ponte from Joann fabrics and I cannot say enough good things about it. It has the perfect weight and recovery. It is sturdy and presses well without being bulky or difficult to sew with. I used the same fabric in burgundy for my Brunswick pullover last year and I love it.
Based on my measurements, (32″ bust, 27″ waist and 36″ hips ) I made a size 2. I shortened both the bodice and sleeves by 1″ I also did a 1″ bicep adjustment after I made a quick muslin.
The pattern comes together in a deceptively simple way. Blazers always sounds so complicated, it’s a garment I wasn’t even aspiring to make until I saw Adrianna’s email calling for testers and I figured I would give it a shot. It is literally as simple and straightforward as sewing a cardigan but with the classic Hey June twist which always makes the sewing and finished garment clean and polished. The instructions and the illustrations are precise and detailed, and the fitting alteration section is especially helpful for making any personal body adjustments.
I couldn’t envision how I’d style a blazer or how it would find a place in my casual wardrobe but as soon as I slipped into it, I knew I’d find a hundred ways to wear this neat little garment. Here, I paired my blazer with what is going to be my favorite fall outfit this year the Bryce Cargo pants without the cargo pockets and a Cheyenne tunic. Also, wearing the blazer with the sleeves pulled up is definitely my favorite way to wear it.
For my Bryce Cargo pants, I made a straight size 2, shortened the pattern by about 4.5″ and omitted the side cargo pockets. I used a stretch twill that worked well enough but it did have more than the recommended amount of stretch for this pattern. I love the color and I am sure my sewing machine thanked me for not using a heavy weight denim for making pants this time around.
For my Cheyenne, I made a size XS blending out to size S at the hips, then I shortened the bodice by 1″ and shortened the sleeves to have a finished sleeve length of about 2″. The fabric is a lovely self-embroidered ivory cotton poplin that I got from India this summer.
These three Hey June patterns are truly special to me because they mark important milestones in my sewing journey. Strangely enough, they also remind me of significant life changes that happened to me at the time I was testing these patterns.
Each of these patterns have elevated my sewing skill, teaching me not just new sewing techniques but also instilling the confidence that I could sew a button up shirt or make fitted pants or even a Blazer! I think it’s so amazing and I am so thankful for patterns and patterns designers like Hey June that have impacted me so much.
Thank you for reading and for following along! Happy Sewing!
5 thoughts on “Evans Blazer and Sewing Milestones”
I always love seeing your makes because I appreciate reading about another short seamstress’ pattern and fitting adjustments. I’m 4’10” so I usually end up taking 2-4″ off of both tops and pants, and while I’m happy to save on fabric, it is sometimes a challenge to figure out where to take that length off.
Your ensemble is excellent, and I just might steal the idea since I happen to own all of those patterns as well =)
Inspiring! This is where I want to get to in the next few months. Great work!
Just love the fabric you chose for the blazer! Great outfit altogether tbh.
nice! I wish we had a Joann!