I can't really pick favorites, but the new Phresh Blazer pattern is by Pattern Revolution superseamstress and designer Suzanne Winter, and she's top of the charts in my book. This versatile design can be made trendy, edgy, or sweet and can be made super dressy or casual too. Our reviewers loved it, and I think you will too!
Hello lovely ladies!! It's Bundle Up week...and I'm really excited about this bundle. More so than any other bundle on earth. Too much? No. It's that awesome. And this Winter Wear Phresh Blazer...it's just gonna blow your mind.
This was an item that I wasn't sure my daughter's closet needed. Then I quit being silly and begged to review it. And boy, am I glad I did. From top to bottom, this pattern is amazing. And I'm not just saying that because Suzanne is amazing. I'm saying that because this pattern is perfection. It's a fitted blazer, with optional ruffled back and welt flap pockets. You can really customize this piece in the fabric department. I choose to use a fab ponte knit from my December Knit Fix from Girl Charlee. Perfect use of it, if I don't say so myself.
Okay, lets get to the nitty gritty!
- Fitted Blazer, sizes 1-14
- Optional Welt Pocket Flap
- Optional gathered sleeve, long or 3/4
- Optional Ruffles on back of blazer
- Pattern pieces to print, detailed info on which pages to print for your choices
- Measurements for ruffle pieces
- Size chart, fabric requirements and pattern layout with line drawing
- You'll also need approximately 4 yards of bias tape for construction and a pretty button.
Pattern construction is very detailed throughout. Detailed pictures included, along with line drawings as well. No skimping on finishing..the inside of this jacket looks just as pretty as the outside. I trusted the pattern and followed exactly, and love how the inside looks. Since I made mine out of knit, I didn't necessarily have to finish my seams, but chose to...mostly. ;) I also used some lightweight interfacing for my collar and buttonhole/facing, again because of the knit.
This didn't take too long to make, probably about 2 hours total. Though that is without ruffles and pockets, but I do see the next one going much quicker, as per usual with making patterns more than once.
Overall, I just love this little blazer!! It can be worn casually or dressed up! Punk or prep! So many options and looks. My daughter really loves this piece, and I'm so happy to add it to her closet!!
Serena Garcia made a lovely leather version.
I was so excited that I was able to be a part of the Bundle Up reviews this time around because it is full of wonderful beautiful MUST HAVE patterns!!! All of the patterns will be wonderful additions to your growing collection, but the one that you just HAVE to HAVE (of course there is no way you will be able to just choose one!) is going to be the Phresh Blazer by Winter Wear Designs! Suzanne has really knocked it out of the park with this little beauty!!!
The Phresh Blazer is perfect for SOOOOO many reasons as you will soon find out, but I am going to start out with saying that my little loved this so much that even after an extremely long day she was ecstatic to hit the town and model this beauty!
There are many options that you will be able to pick and choose from when making the blazer. You have the ability to either sew this up with long sleeves or 3/4 sleeves and the option on the sleeves for them to be straight or to be gathered depending on the look that you want. You can also add the 3 rows of ruffles on the back as I did or you can go without the ruffles. Another cute detail on this blazer is the option to add a welt pocket which I opted out of on this blazer. So many looks in just one pattern!!! In addition to having lots of different options, the Phresh Blazer goes from a size 1 to a size 14 so it will be one that you will be able to use time and time again!
The instructions are very organized, detailed and easy to follow and understand. There is great information regarding the pattern as well as general information on how to get the best fit for your child. The pages are numbered and there is just such a neat appearance of this pattern it is a joy to actually construct. I know I have had issues with other patterns I have come across that use cutsie fonts and they could be a little on the wordy side, which in my opinion really can get annoying. Not this one! Suzanne is amazing when it comes to the flow and ease of her instructions!
The fit on this was spot on! This pattern is recommended for fabrics with stretch but it can be made with fabrics that do not have stretch. I chose to use a beautiful red woven cotton that had very little stretch. Since I know that my little one likes nothing tight anywhere on her body (seriously....even her swimsuits have to be loose!!!) I just went up a size to compensate for the fabric not having much stretch. Easy as pie!!!
I love the tailored look of this piece! When I first saw this I figured that there would be so much time and effort that was going to have to go into it to get such a professional looking end result and that it would be a pattern for advanced sewists. I was wrong!!! I would highly recommend even beginners to give this Phresh Blazer a try!!
In addition to well written instructions, the pattern pieces fit together like a dream! Everything matched up perfectly and it went together quickly and easily! There is also a key on page 4 to help guide you to make sure the pattern pieces are placed properly when taping together!
So, lets just review one more time how awesome this pattern is! Great fit, check! Well written, detailed and easy to understand instructions, check! Enough options to be worth your money, check!! A great size range, check! Pattern pieces that fit together like they are supposed to, check!
In closing.....everything about the Phresh Blazer is amazing! It is a must have and one that your little is going to love! Dress it up, dress it down....it doesn't matter how you dress it, it is just amazing!