I’ve made a mockup of the blazer I’m planning on making. I’m using this pattern from Burda. I cut a size 36, tapering to a 40 at the low hip. The fit is pretty darn close; I just want to take a little bit of fabric out of the back.
Since I haven’t finished the edges, the final coat would be a half inch smaller at the center front, collar, and hem. However, I like the length of the hem as it is so I’m going to add another half inch to the pattern.
I made this mock up from an old duffle coat of my husband’s and I had to get creative with pattern placement to get the whole pattern out of the coat. I wasn’t able to match the plaid inside, but I did get it lined up in key places, especially the collar and lapels.
Since the seam lines of the original coat remain visible on the fabric, I decided to play up the worn look. I’ve sewn the coat with lapped seams that can unravel a little, and I’m planning on leaving all the edges raw.
I’m trying to decide how to trim the coat. I want to take it in a steampunk direction since that goes with the worn look. I definitely want it be double-breasted with two rows of large buttons, but I can’t decide what type. Maybe covered buttons in plaid, or big antique gold buttons?
Also, should I add trim (maybe red lace or braid around the edges?), patch pockets, or maybe a belt?