Sew your own unlined EASY Boyfriend Blazer with our Boyfriend Jacket sew along
Want to sew your own unlined, easy Boyfriend Blazer? It’s the perfect “third piece” over jeans, tees, slim skirts, skinny pants, even leggings!
We love the Boyfriend! And you’re going to love your Boyfriend too.
How it works:
1 Join the Christine Jonson Patterns Facebook Group for discussion and photo sharing (optional but very helpful)
2 Join the event in the pinned post to participate and see group posts or comment on our blog post here (scroll down to the bottom to see the comment section.)
3 Sew yours at home on your schedule, following along with videos that will be added to this blog post or LIVE on our Facebook page.
4 Post on the group with questions or progress photos, or post on our blog post here
5 Post your finished photos when done! You may also e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us with the sew along hashtag on Instagram #boyfriendjacketlove. We’ll share your makes on social media (with your permission) so that others can be inspired.
Enter to win prizes!
Share your Boyfriend Jackets on Instagram with the hashtag #boyfriendjacketlove and @christinejonsonpatterns, and tag a sewing friend. We’ll collect all the entries with these three elements and draw winners for prizes including your choice of Christine Jonson Sewing Patterns, unique vintage buttons (perfect for your boyfriend jackets) and other goodies to be announced.
September 9th - 11th: Selecting the right fabrics and right size for your Christine Jonson Jackets
The Boyfriend Jacket can be made in a knit or woven fabric. Try ponte knit for a cardigan-feel in a jacket style. Try a boucle, a tropical weight wool plaid or pinstripe, a linen or linen blend woven, a heavier silk noil.
To match your Boyfriend to the contents of your closet (and your stash!) Download our mini wardrobe planner
Jacket Part One: Overview: http://www.cjpatterns.com/blog/2017/1/4/sew-a-knit-blazer-or-unlined-jacket-sew-along-part-one?rq=jacket
The best choices for jacket fabrics are ones that have a bit of body, but still good drape. A fabric that holds it’s shape will also hold the shape of the jacket once sewn.
September 9th - 11th: Selecting the right size for your Boyfriend Jacket
Jacket Part Two: Selecting fabrics & size: http://www.cjpatterns.com/blog/2017/1/14/sew-a-knit-blazer-or-unlined-jacket-sew-along-part-2?rq=jacket
September 12th - 13th: Cutting out your Boyfriend Jacket
Jacket Part Three: Cutting, Serging Darts: http://www.cjpatterns.com/blog/2017/1/27/serging-darts-in-knit-tops-and-jackets?rq=jacket. Note, only the L and XL sizes contain a bust dart for shaping.
September 13th- 15th: Sew on your own - but don’t finish the hems or stitch down the facings!
We will continue the construction of the jacket in our next series of videos for the sew along’s second week. For those of you that want to move ahead of the videos during the sew along, follow the clear and detailed instructions included in the Boyfriend Jacket envelope (together with tips on the videos below.) But do not finish the hems or stitch down the facings. We will show you our clever “hotel bar pocket” in the front facings and also the optional lined patch pocket.
Assembling your Boyfriend Jacket:
Jacket Part Four: Sewing & finishing http://www.cjpatterns.com/blog/2016/1/26/how-to-clean-finish-the-interior-of-an-unlined-jacket-or-coat?rq=jacket
Sewing the back to the front of the jacket (above) is easy!
Next, sewing the sleeves with tips for sewing woven fabrics without gathering the sleeve cap and without tears OR puckers! (Above)
Sewing the shawl collar together (facing to jacket, above)
Applying the optional patch pockets or sewing the optional hidden facing pocket (above)
September 16th - 20th: Finishing and Styling your Boyfriend Jacket
Jacket Part Five: Buttons and buttonholes http://www.cjpatterns.com/blog/2017/2/10/how-to-choose-and-place-buttons-on-a-knit-blazer-or-jacket?rq=jacket
More Boyfriend Jacket resources:
Resources will be posted in this section as they are added to the sew along. Check back often for new updates!