A Men’s Blazer

It’s finally finished. The mens blazer that I started months ago is complete and I am ready to share it with you all.

I recently found out that the term blazer has coined in the UK. Although the official story of how the non-suit jacket got it’s name is unclear, was it the Lady Margaret, St. John’s College rowing club in Cambridge or the crew members of HMR Blazer? Either way, I am pretty confident that we Brits helped to change the face of mens clothing forever. Before the blazer became a mens stable it was traditionally worn by members of the Navy and select sports clubs. Over the years, and as popularity and familiarity grow, blazers were worn by the Army and schools, both in the UK and the wider Commonwealth.

First generation blazers were made out of flannel, either a solid colour or vertical stripes. The solid colour came from sports clubs and the strips from the Navy. Schools started to adopt the blazer as a part of uniform and with this came an introduction of the use of piping, on the lapels and pockets, more often than not the colour of the piping would be matched to the embroidery on the breast pocket.

Blazers sprang into popularity on the 1960s as it was adopted as the unofficial uniform of The Mods. And from there fashion got hold of the jacket and ran with it. Now a days there are many variations on a blazer, all with a nod to the traditions. All blazers are worn without a matching pair of trousers, be either double breasted 6×2, 6×3, 8×3 configurations or with a single breasted fasson and the buttons on the sleeves are a feature on the jacket.

I got the blue velvet from Dalston Mill Fabrics, Ridley Road Market http://www.dalstonmillfabrics.co.uk/a… . And the lining is from a fabric house Fabric Freedom UK design – that I bought the fabric from Goldhawk Road (can’t remember the fabric store). It has sold out on the company website but might be available on ebay… http://www.fabricfreedom.co.uk/peacoc…

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This is a video of the blazer I made along with a very useful tip about how to sew velvet.

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Until next time.
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Andrea

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