There are less than 2 weeks until Easter, which makes for the perfect excuse to do some fancy sewing. As a mom of 4 girls and 1 boy, my Easter sewing usually revolves around my girls; however, this time I decided to direct more attention on my son. He is 8 and really loves wearing a suit to church every week.
About 6 months ago, right before his 8th birthday, I attempted to sew him a suit for the first time. I spent a long time looking for a pattern and was unable to come up with many options. I decided on the Basic Blazer and the Clean Slate Pants, both by Blank Slate Patterns.
I was really happy with the results! I admit, I was dreading this project, but once I got started I didn’t want to stop. Additionally, I decided to make his tie by using the Everyday Necktie pattern by Made Everyday. I had used this pattern before for men and loved it, so I knew it would go great with the suit!
He wore the suit every week for about 6 months straight; however, just like with every growing boy, the suit began to get a little small. Plus, he really wanted a jacket that looked a little more like his dad’s. 🙂 Specifically, he liked the back vent feature and he wanted it to fit better when it was buttoned.
The pattern search started once again. I really could not find a lot of options other than the Burda Boys Suit Jacket pattern. This suit jacket looked exactly like what he wanted. It had a back vent and the shaping was better. The only problem was that it was a Burda pattern, which made me terrified! Not only did I have to add my own seam allowances, but all of the reviews stated the instructions were not very good. I decided to take a risk and give it a shot anyway…I mean, how bad could it be? 🙂
According to the measurement chart he should have been a size 7, but unfortunately the jacket pattern only included sizes 8 – 12. Therefore, I decided an 8 would work and it turned out to be the perfect amount of ease (sizing runs small).
As I mentioned, this is my first experience with a Burda pattern. I did need to add my own seam allowance (“SA”), which fortunately ended up being rather easy. I decided to use a 3/8″ SA, although I believe 5/8″ SA is what the pattern recommends. However, a tip to easily add 3/8″ SA is to tape 2 pencils together, creating a 3/8″ space between the 2 points (see picture below). You will want to measure this for yourself, but this method has worked for me in the past. First, I traced the pattern on my paper and then went around each pattern piece to add the SA.
I did sew up a quick muslin before actually cutting into my real fabric. I was impressed with how well the pieces came together. The only adjustment I made from the muslin was to add 1 inch of length onto the bottom.
I used a classic suiting fabric and lining from JoAnn Fabrics. I also used a woven interfacing as the pattern directed. When I made the first suit, I had a difficult time finding information about what pattern pieces to interface, so I snapped a quick picture of the pieces after I interfaced them, as shown below.
I interfaced the 2 front pieces, the facings, and both collar pieces. I also interfaced the back pieces in 3 spots: the neckline, the arm seam, and the back vent.
The pattern only came with a couple of paragraphs explaining the construction, and they really were not very helpful at all. For the most part, I followed the instructions for the Blank Slate Pattern’s Basic Blazer and just made it work. I also used the welt pocket pattern pieces from the Basic Blazer.
In addition to the 2 welt pockets on the front of the suit jacket, I made a secret pock on the inside (which is his favorite part).
And let’s not forget about the back vent that he wanted so badly!
As for the pants, I used the Clean Slate Pants Pattern by Blank Slate Patterns. The pants came together very smoothly, and I even did the zip fly option, which always makes me feel like a rock star!
For the tie, I used my tried and true necktie pattern, the Everyday Tie Pattern.
So, all in all, I absolutely love the final result! It was not the easiest project, but was incredibly gratifying. I will definitely use both patterns again, especially the suit jacket. However, before I make another attempt, I would like to take the online “Learn to Sew a Classic Blazer” class by Closet Case Patterns. I think I might have a slight suit sewing obsession now. 🙂 I mean, he looks pretty dapper, right?
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