The Closet Case Jasika Blazer is a REAL blazer pattern. Heather Lou and her team didn’t take any shortcuts. Our seamstress, Bonnie, LOVED the challenge of creating a true tailored jacket, and we think you will, too!
Fitting the Blazer
With all those pattern pieces, and all the steps involved in making this tailored blazer, your first step must be fitting. Our seamstress, Bonnie, made a muslin and altered the pattern pieces before she cut out the raw silk noil she used for the jacket. The lengthen/shorten line on the pattern is below the pockets, but Bonnie wanted to shorten her jacket at the waist, so she drew her own lengthen/shorten line, and shortened all the pieces 1.5 inches. She also shortened all the sleeve pieces 2 inches. She did the same with the corresponding lining pieces, and the lapels.
Bonnie decided to make her Jasika Blazer out of our Silk Noil in Dried Rose. But, because the fabric is so lightweight, she decided to use only lighter-weight interfacing, and not the horse hair canvas. We have great tailoring interfacings from Palmer/Pletsch in Sheer, Lightweight, Medium and Tailor-Weight.
The Closet Case instructions for the Jasika Blazer are great, and they have a Blazer and Jacket Fitting e-Book, but this project is not for the faint-of-heart. As you can see from our guts photos, this jacket is a lot of work. This blazer has between 14 and 17 pattern pieces, depending on the view you choose, while the lining has between 8 and 11 pieces. Not to mention the 8 interfacing pattern pieces!
Well Worth the Effort
No doubt about it, this pattern is challenging, but the results speak for themselves. Bonnie looks so amazing in the finished product due, of course, to her own patience and skill, but also to Closet Case’s good instructions and careful drafting. We think it’s worth the effort. You’ll have a classic, well-fitting staple that will last forever and make you proud.