Alina Sewing and Design

Fulton Sweater Blazer: Collar Tutorial Video

Fulton Sweater Blazer: Collar Tutorial Video

It’s here! The long-awaited (okay, a week and a half) collar tutorial video. While some people learn just fine from written instruction/digital illustration, some of us really need a video to SEE how something works. So, if you’re one of those people (like me), then this video is for you.

This collar is not complicated, and once you sew it, I think you’ll agree that it’s not too difficult. Perhaps fiddly, but once it’s in, you’re going to feel [and your jacket will look] like a million bucks!

I’ll let the video do the rest of the talking. (more…)

Fulton Sweater Blazer: Choosing Fabric

Fulton Sweater Blazer: Choosing Fabric

Choosing a fabric is potentially the most important part of sewing up the Fulton Sweater Blazer. You should be looking for a structured stable knit with that is going to hold up to its own weight. What I mean by that is a fabric that won’t stretch out from it’s own weight. This is especially important for View B, the longer (and therefore heavier) of the two versions.

Knits with 2-way stretch are ideal (meaning they stretch cross-wise, but not length-wise), but knits with 4-way stretch can work if they have some structure.

My final recommendation is to choose knits that are high in structure and low in drape. (more…)

Fulton Sweater Blazer: Tester Photos

Fulton Sweater Blazer: Tester Photos

I’m always excited to share tester photos. Testing is such an important process to a sewing pattern; it’s the opportunity for me to hear many voices and opinions and thoughts–often bringing suggestions on items that I never even considered. Never underestimate the value of testers (or of yourself and the role you play when and if you test a sewing pattern)! I take absolutely every suggestion and consider them carefully–if a tester thinks it’s important, that likely means some customers will, too. (more…)

Introducing the Fulton Sweater Blazer

Introducing the Fulton Sweater Blazer

Hello, all! I’m dusting off the blog to tell you that mama’s back in business after baby #3 joined us early this year. It’s been chaotic, but I finally accepted that that was never going to stop and decided to get back to the drafting table.

I’ve recently been eyeing some sweater blazers from places like J. Crew and Anthropologie and decided I absolutely needed to 1) have them in my closet, and 2) put my own spin on it. I don’t tend to feel as comfortable in very boxy shapes (I don’t find them flattering on myself), so what I drafted is a relaxed-yet-slimming fit. I had also been wanting to create this knee-length coat with a notched collar I saw last year–one of those inspiration pieces you can’t stop thinking about. All of that lead to today, where I’m thrilled to finally share the final product with you.

The Fulton Sweater Blazer is an open-front knit jacket with a slimming relaxed fit. Polished, yet comfortable, this layering piece will instantly escalate casual outfits while adding a layer of warmth as you transition to and from seasons.

Easy to dress up or dress down, this pattern can be worn anywhere from the office to the park to a night out.

The 3/4-sleeves layer nicely over short sleeves, while the full-length sleeves are practical for cooler weather. Both sleeve lengths can be folded up and cuffed to expose a thick facing (use a fun contrast fabric here!).

The hip-length version is extremely versatile while the knee-length version can be made in warmer fabrics more suitable for cold weather. Large patch pockets serve to catch all of the essentials on-the-go.

This pattern is unlined, making it easy to sew, and can be made on any home sewing machine.

The Fulton fits very nicely into my growing catalogue of classic, timeless patterns. I hope you love it as much as we have been!


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