HOW TO CREATE A FEMALE BLAZER PATTERN

HOW TO CREATE A FEMALE BLAZER PATTERN

In this blog post,I will be directing you on how to create a female BLAZER PATTERN.

We  will not be creating the pattern from scratch. You will need  your  basic body block pattern as a base to create the BLAZER pattern.If you are a beginner with pattern drafting,not to worry.

I have you covered.Check out my detailed post on pattern drafting  tools and their USES. 

Without wasting much time let’s go straight to our cutting board and start creating our female blazer pattern.

ITEMS NEEDED FOR FEMALE BLAZER PATTERN

These are the things we need to make our female  blazer pattern.

Measuring tape

 French curve

 Owl .This is a kind of pointed object that you will  use to make a mark on your pattern. you could also use a normal pin.

You need a rolling cutter. This  can be used or a normal scissors.

Rolling cutters are however  sharper and  gives you a more perfect cut.

 Tracing wheel to trace your pattern on another pattern paper 

Straight rulers and curved rulers and of course you need a marker.

The back and front pieces of your basic body block.

If you have not created your basic body block you can look at this blog post 

and create your basic body block. Because you need a basic body block to be able

to create this blazer  pattern. 

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TRACING THE FRONT PART OF THE FEMALE BLAZER

Place your front basic block on a fresh pattern paper. 

Ensure that the pattern paper is about 20 cm longer than the basic body block. 

This is because you will need a few centimeters at the bottom and top

This extra centimetres at the  top is for drawing the  collar.And that at the bottom is to extend the length of the blazer beyond the fullest part of you’re hips. 

FEMALE BLAZER PATTERN

Place your basic body block at the centre of the pattern  paper.Be sure to have about 10cm above and 10cm below. 

 Then  just go ahead and   trace the whole basic bodies block using your TRACING wheel.

Please  trace only the side dart and leave the center dart.

When you are through with the tracing, this is what we are going to work with.

SHAPING PRINCESS CURVE FOR THE FEMALE BLAZER PATTERN.

Next is to creat the princess curve for the blazer. 

 This is why we did not trace the centre  dart. That is because we are going to

be creating a princess CURVE. 

The first thing is to find the center point  on your waist line.

My waistline  is 26cm my center point is 13cm. I will mark it.

Then in between this point, I will spread  2.5 cm  that should be around 1.25cm on both side of mark.

 That is the width of my dart. Then you come to your bust line  and measure 11cm upwords along the same center waist point.

From this same bust line come down by 4cm and 7 cm.You can watch the video below to follow along.

I am going to join all those dots from waist to burst. I will then draw two parallel lines on both dart points up to the 7 cm points .

To form a small rectangle.  From the 7cm point,slant both lines to meet to form the pointed dart end.

DRAWING THE PRINCESS CURVE

To get our princess curve accurately,we need the the armpit dept measurements. 

Mine is 28 and then Mark 14cm .That is the midpoint. 

Now that all the major points are ready,it’s time to draw our princess curve.

To do this,you need your french curve ruler.

You will need also to watch the youtube video above to see how I positioned the French curve ruler . This will help you draw a perfect princess curve.

Next thing is to extend the dart  to two thirds of the length between your waist and blazer length.

Next, i’ll be extending my blazer .I don’t want it to be exactly at the highest point of my hips .This  however depends on what you want.

If you want it to be at the highest point of your hips you can leave it like that .

But I want mine to be a little bit longer. I am going to extend it by 4cm.

FEMALE BLAZER PATTERN

CREATING PART OF  THE BLAZER LAPEL

To form the lapel of this blazer,Mark  2.5 cm at your chest point and waist point.

Then join the  two points, extending the line to the hip point.

Next come up to the neck section and  take 2.5 cm starting from shoulder line.

And then from the waist section  go down 8cm.

Next,draw a straight line  joining the 2.5cm point to the 8cm point below the waist line. 

By now,your pattern should be looking like the picture below

FEMALE BLAZER PATTERN

CREATING THE COLLAR FOR THE BLAZER

We’re going to be creating the collar  that sits at the back of the blazer.

This is why we needed 10cm extra patterns paper above. 

Get the back part of your basic bodies block. first thing you need to do is to measure the neck curve. 

Mine is 9cm.

I will extend the front neck curve upwards.Starting from the 2.5 cm neck extention point by 9cm.

Then to get the neck width you know the neck you normally fold it at the back .

To get that neck width, Measure about 5.5 cm giving an extra 1cm

From that 4.5 cm point draw a line to meet the curve of the neck front.

Then from the 5.5 cm point, draw a curve to also meet the neck line.

This is just so that your collar can sit comfortably at the back  of your neck.

I hope you’re following me and I hope your pattern is turning out exactly the way my own is .

We a’re done with the collar.

FEMALE BLAZER PATTERN

LETS CREATE THE FEMALE  BLAZER LAPEL

On the shoulder line ,from the neck area you’re going to come in by 2.5 cm.

from your chest line you’re going to come in 5 cm.

Draw a curved line from the 2.5cm point, through the 5cm point up to about 8cm below the waist line.

I just showed you what the lapel looks like.

Now you need to create the opposite part of the lapel. That is the lapel fold,that will fold on top of the one we created..

To be able to do that,please watch video .It may seem a little complicated at first.But should not be a problem. 

Just watch the video several times and you will get it.

That is what your blazer pattern should be  looking like by now.

FEMALE BLAZER PATTERN

CREATING THE BACK PART OF OUR BLAZER

Now it is time to create  the back part of our blazer 

This is not very difficult. It is actually not as complicated as the front part .

You just need the  back part of your basic bodies pattern.

Trace everything including the darts on another pattern paper. Leave out the zip panel.You don’t need zip panel for the back of  the blazer .so you’re going to be tracing from the neck point to the bottom in a straight line.

Please don’t trace the curve. We will create another back curve for the blazer.

The first thing is to create a princess dart for the back blazer pattern.

Measure your armhole length and get the center point.

Mine is 26 cm so I will mark 13cm point

Next, use a curved ruler to join the armhole midpoint to the  back dart.

SHAPING THE BACK OF THE PATTERN

You now need  to shape the back . You know our back is not straight

Take 1cm at the waist point inwards. 

Measure between the neck drop and the upper bust line at the back.

Get the midpoint and then mark it. My neck drop to my upper burst point is 23cm.

Midpoint is 11.5cm. From the 11.5cm curve it just gently to meet the curved waist point.Then from the waist ,curve it to meet the end of the blazer.

With that ,we have completed our female blazer pattern.All we have to do now is to cut out the pieces as seen below.

FEMALE BLAZER PATTERN PIECES

If you want to find out how I sewed the pattern from beginning to end,you can watch the video HERE

CONCLUSION

That is the process of creating a female bazer pattern.I hope you had no challenges creating your own female blazer.If you have any challenges do not hesitate to drop a coment.

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