January 13, 2020

Blazer Bound: A New Blog Series from Cashmerette


Happy new year! Two weeks into 2020 and it’s already been an eventful year for us: we announced a new size range for Cashmerette and have been so thrilled to see the positive reactions to this improvement to our patterns.

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Amidst getting ready for our first release of 2020 (coming in a couple of weeks!), we’re also getting serious about a pattern we’re developing for late this year: a blazer. Yup, you read that right! We announced towards the end of 2019 that we were starting to work on a blazer pattern, and there was So. Much. Excitement. Which didn’t come as a total shock to us—since the dawn of Cashmerette, every time we’ve released a new pattern, we immediately get asked if it’s a blazer. You all love your blazers!

But blazers are notoriously tricky to fit when you have curves. And we want to do a thorough job designing, testing, and preparing the blazer pattern before it’s ready for you. Combine that with our usual pattern development schedule and that’s why we’re now looking at a release in late 2020. But man, does that feel far away! So we thought it would be nice for you to come along with us as we go through our development process for this blazer, to keep us all excited and informed about the pattern that’s to come. Enter, our Blazer Bound blog series!

It’s always interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at a how a pattern is developed, and we think it’ll be even more interesting to see it happen in real time. As we go through each stage of the process—ideation, initial muslins, revisions, pattern testing, preparing for distribution—we’ll give you an inside look into how the pattern is coming together. And because it’s happening in real time, we don’t even know how it’s going to work out. (Heck, it could even not work out at all for all we know—that’s happened before.) So it might be a bit of a rollercoaster, but you’ll be able to go on that ride along with us.

We’ll be checking in regularly on how the pattern development unfolds, starting with our first post later this week where we’ll talk all about how we’re approaching this particular pattern and what challenges we expect to encounter. We’d of course love your feedback the whole way, and look forward to engaging discussions in the comments of each post.

Just think, by this time next year, we’ll all be sporting gorgeous, me-made blazers designed specifically with our curves in mind. Are we excited or what?! If you have specific things you’d like to see throughout this process, let us know in the comments below—and also let us know if you’d like to see more behind-the-scenes stuff like this from Cashmerette!

22 thoughts on “Blazer Bound: A New Blog Series from Cashmerette

  1. i would love to see the process of developing a pattern. I hope the blazer pattern works and its fabric will be a woven without stretch too!

  2. aligoll says:

    Very excited to see how the design develops… can it have an inside pocket like a man’s blazer, very useful. I’m sure it will be fabulous as usual!

  3. wct2008 says:

    YAAAAAAAY! A blazer! Can’t wait. And very cool and wonderful to see how the design develops. I wear them all the time and usually have to order from the UK to fit bust and not be too big everywhere else. Thank you – ahead of time 🙂
    Murphyallen

  4. Pal K says:

    I don’t know if I have ever been as excited about a particular blog topic.
    A blazer would be nice but the potential for the behind the scenes look at the process is so exciting

  5. Katherine Merkel says:

    You are genius letting us see the progression of creating a pattern! I use a bodice sloper to get my basic shape, shoulder slope, and bust depth etc on any new pattern I buy. It would be great if you included the amount of ease you use for your patterns going forward.
    I have owned my own custom design for many years, and a member of ASDP, so if you ever need pattern testers. I would be very interested.
    Katherine

  6. Yes, I also love my blazers… And it will be very interesting to see the steps of creating a new pattern.

  7. Lisbeth says:

    I’m so excited about this!

  8. Rebekah says:

    I can’t wait for a blazer pattern! I love the idea of coming along for the roller coaster ride to see all the hard work it takes in order to develop a pattern.

  9. margsampson says:

    I like that idea about the inside pocket. Would definitely like to see shaping in the jacket and not a boxy fit.
    Also more than one bodylength, one button closure and two piece sleeve

  10. STEPHANI says:

    So very excited for this! I’m sure we’ll all be waiting with bated breath to learn the design details and follow the pattern’s development.

  11. Nevada says:

    Has it been pattern tested yet?

    1. We are writing these posts pretty much in real time, so it hasn’t even been through one full round of drafting yet!

  12. Ruth J Winsor says:

    When you are ready I would love to be a pattern tester. I have sewn many custom blazers for women and men but never completed one for me because I think they look awful on me. I guess I am kinda sending you a challenge. But I love a challenge too.

  13. Alice Hutchinson says:

    Any chance of developing this into having a peplum? It’s a style that really suits hourglass figures and is very hard to find in large sizes.

  14. Renate N says:

    Yes, yes, yes. A cashmerette blazer. That’s what I wanted the most. And please make a sewing class for it along the way.
    Your classes are just great. And a blazer is not easy to sew. Please?

    1. A class is definitely something we’re looking into, but it will be a matter of whether we get the time because we have a VERY packed 2020 already!

  15. Brie says:

    This is a fabulous idea. I tested the Sienna blazer which accommodates my narrow shoulders & large cup size, and loved it. I’d be thrilled to have a new style from Cashmerette. I’d especially be into something that has options, like both a notched and shawl collar. BUT… to be brutally honest…. I *strongly* dislike princess seams that end in side darts. I’m ok with princess seams through the shoulder, but just can’t get over the aesthetic of a curved princess seam in a jacket. It makes me think of cheap poly suits from the 90’s with baggy chests. I’m probably in the minority, but that is a deal breaker for me. Anyway, I don’t mean to be a downer. You girls are awesome & I LOVE what you do for us curvy sewists. ❤️

  16. Carol says:

    I am really looking forward to this – one of my sewing plans for this year is to make a blazer and if some of the fitting work was take out of it that would be fantastic.

  17. Ashleigh says:

    I am SO EXCITED about this blazer pattern! I’ve never owned a blazer, despite badly wanting to, because I feel like I always look ridiculous in them and they never fit. Thank you thank you thank you for putting in the work to develop this and sharing with us all along the way!

  18. Corinne says:

    I am so looking forward to this. I hope it will be for woven fabric, with length options, notch and shawl collar option, inside pocket(s) like men’s jackets have, and a more fitted, not boxy, style. Woo Hoo! A sew along and/or tutorials would be much appreciated. I can hardly wait! I’m very interested in seeing how a pattern is developed. Thank you!

  19. Lorraine says:

    Princess seams, 2 sleeve versions (with and without button detail) and lined would be fantastic! I can’t wait to see the completed pattern!!!!

  20. Wendy Pezzaglia says:

    Any chance this will be a “multiple” button jacket? Us busty gals have problems with gaping when there is only one button.

Let me know what you think!