I got to test the Berkshire Blazer from Melly Sews and it quickly became one of my favorite patterns! It’s a little tricky with the shawl collar and the set-in sleeves, but as always, Melissa walks you through it and makes you feel like a professional. So when she announced the sew along, I knew I was going to join in!
I used a mustard yellow linen from Joanns. I was aiming for a sort of old-fashioned shabby-safari look, but ended up using some leather accents and it’s more trendy than I was going for :P I still love it :)
I made double welt pockets (which I learned how to do from Melissa, of course!) instead of the patch pockets.
I had made and attached some very cute peekaboo elbow patches with the leather and the lining, and even took pictures for a tutorial, but realized after it was finished and I put it on John that I had them on the front of the sleeves instead of the back. I may have muttered a few “Eefffff”s under my breath… I saved them
so I may add them to the back someday. Let’s not kid ourselves – that would involve hand sewing. I’ll add them to something else.
Horrible iPhone picture, but at least you can see the welt pockets and the cool buttons Tasha picked out.
The sleeves are a little long, but it will fit him for a while :)
I even love how the back looks! The darts are much easier than they look, too.
I used a green zebra print (safari, remember?) for the lining with green satin for the sleeves. Once John figured out how I wanted him to hold it to show the lining, he wouldn’t let go!
Funny story: later in the day he was flapping his arms and told me with a disappointed look, “No fly. Want fly like seagull! My fly broken.” Poor little man. You’ll fly someday, sweetie :)