This post has been a long time coming as I made this Fulton Sweater Blazer over a month ago. But the final product is so WOW, if I do say so myself, that it deserved some really good photos – and life’s been too busy.
It all started when I saw Cortney’s (@s.is.for.sew) version on Instagram. She used faux leather on the pocket edges and it got me thinking. I’ve had some faux leather in my stash for years after picking it up in NY at mood fabrics. Plus for over a year I’ve had this beautiful bottle green viscous wool in my stash (from Guthrie & Ghani). I started dreaming of the Fulton Sweater Blazer in this wool, with not only faux leather on the pocket edges but also on the collar, and sleeves underlined in black bamboo jersey (more leftovers from a previous project).
Size wise, I cut the exact same as my previous version – size 10 grading out to a 12 for the waist and hips. Using my amazing new serger (I’m a total convert by the way) the body came together really fast. FYI in case you haven’t seen it, there’s a great tutorial on Alina Sewing & Design Co.’s website for underlining the sleeves.
Now I’ve never previously sew with faux leather and I went into this project prepared to fail (or at least revert to using the wool for the collar instead of faux leather). A few key learnings: iron faux leather with a tea towel in-between; my sewing clapper was particularly helpful; and I found my ‘jeans’ needle worked well. I surprised myself by how well the collar turned out! I didn’t use any interfacing as I figured the faux leather had enough weight to it and I used bamboo jersey for the facing of the collar so it would feel nice against the skin.
Since making this I’ve worn it to a number of high profile work events and felt properly classy and sophisticated in it. Plus is so damn comfy (the underlined sleeves are just amazing). It’s one of those reminders for me, to try new things, be prepared to fail and take my time to produce something of high quality.
Project 4 of 5 – using scraps, remnants and/or stashed fabrics, before purchasing anything new.