Magical Metra Blazer ~ From Love Notions

First off, I just need to say that I had so much fun sewing this pattern! I purchased the Metra Blazer pattern when it first released, had it printed at the copy shop and then it just sat in my sewing room. What I love about Feature Fridays, is that as an ambassador I often try to sew one up so I can post about it and I am SO happy I did! WHY oh why did I wait so long to sew this up!?!?!?!

So trust me, if you haven’t sewn one, you need to! I made my wearable muslin~ which I actually LOVE and suddenly I wished I had sewn this so long ago! If you think you aren’t the blazer type of person, I would give this a try. I NEVER wore blazers, even before I retired and I want a closet full of them now!

Details

The Metra is a simple casual blazer with two collar options. You can choose between the classic shawl collar and the modern wide lapel collar. It features in seam welt pockets that are much easier to construct than you might think! What I love most about this pattern are the great construction techniques that help you create an amazing, clean inside finish. I love when the inside of a garment is as pretty as the outside!

Adventurous beginners should absolutely give this pattern a try! You will learn a lot of new techniques like the welt pockets and the “burrito” method. Tami has awesome video links for those tougher steps. T

Sizing & Alterations

The Metra is available in sizes XS through 5X. A full bust option is also included. Something to remember is that this blazer is meant for light layering. The front is designed to be slightly open.

I made an XL with the full bust option graded out to a 2X for my hips. Remember, if grading out for your hips~regardless of what size you are making~ you only do so on the side panels and back pieces. (If you grade out on your front/collar pieces this will affect the welt pocket seam.)

My high bust (39″) is between the L and XL. Typically I would size down to the Large for my shoulder and upper bust area. Since I want to wear this as a layering piece, I decided to go up to the XL. I am only 5 feet tall, but I did NOT shorten the length of the blazer. I did however shorten the sleeve 1.5″ which is a standard alteration for me.

Even before I retired, I never ever wore blazers. I always found them uncomfortable and ill-fitting. Having small shoulders and a full bust (even when I was 2 sizes smaller than I am now) meant I could never buy a RTW blazer that fit and was comfortable, I just always thought I didn’t like blazers until now! The Metra is so comfortable to wear, yet is a bit more polished than a cardigan. It looks really cute with jeans, but can easily be dressed up with dress pants or a skirt. I’m looking forward to making a plaid one for fall!

(When choosing your size, remember that the full bust option adds 2″ to the waist and hip finished measurements.)

Fabrics

The Metra is designed for stable knits. Medium to heavyweight knits with at least 25% stretch are recommended. Knits like Ponte, scuba, Liverpool, double knits, French Terry and even sweatshirt fleece will work. As always, fabric choice can affect the look of a pattern greatly. French Terry and sweatshirt fleece will create a very “casual chic” blazer. I can’t wait until fall to make a great sweatshirt fleece Metra! Drapier lightweight knits can be used~ but will give a much more casual look.

One of the best things to do when choosing a new pattern to sew up, is to do your research. Search Metra Blazer in the Love Notions Facebook Group or on Instagram. You will then see Metras made in so many different fabrics. It’s the best way to see how the fabric you’ve chosen might look when sewn up.

My orange floral Metra is a ponte knit. It is a designer headstock fabric that I purchased in the garment district of NYC. This floral from Chic Fabrics caught my daughter’s eye the last time we were in the garment district. I grabbed it and I’ve just had it in my stash for 2 years because I really didn’t know what to do with it. I do that sometimes, I buy fabric just because it’s pretty without having any idea what to do with it! I thought maybe a dress, but then decided the orange floral might be a bit too much for a dress. I think it made the perfect Metra. Technically this was my muslin~ but I LOVE it!

My camel gingham Metra double knit and is a tad more structured than my floral version. This was purchased online from Mily Mae Fabrics. MMF has a great selection of double knits~ checks and plaids. You can find this fabric HERE.

Sew Mary Mac’s Sewing Tips for the Metra Blazer

  • When marking for your welt pockets, be EXTRA careful and make sure you are marking the correct “X”. (Ask me how I know this!). This is one of those times that printing only one or 2 sizes comes in handy. I had this pattern printed at the copy shop(PDF PLOTTING) because I knew it would be something I would use for my sister eventually. That was a lot of “X”s` and yup I marked the wrong one on one front piece and had to recut it.
  • Step 11: To get a really nice professional looking collar make sure you press it (with steam and a press cloth). Use your finger tips to “roll” the collar seam so that the seam is perfectly on the edge. I also suggest pinning the entire collar/front piece along the seam BEFORE you do the topstitching.
  • Doing this can make a big difference with the finished look of your collared jacket. Yes, it is time consuming, but is is an EASY way to make your Metra look incredible. Often times sewists want the quick way to do something. Pressing and pinning this collar really well is an easy way to take your garment from homemade to handmade.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! As I was writing this post, I added 2 Metras to my sewing list! I’ll have a closet full in no time I’m sure!

Remember to follow me over on Instagram to see all my casual retirement makes. @sewmarymac

Mary Anne 🙂


You can purchase the Metra Blazer pattern HERE.

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To receive an additional 10% off the pattern price, use this coupon code MARYMAC10. This coupon code can be used at anytime on any pattern….even a $5 Feature Friday pattern. It never expires!!

Fabric Resources

Mily Mae Fabrics– double knits

This is the Gingham knit I used. It is available in several colors. I also made a Boyfriend cardigan out of the silver gray.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics– sweatshirt fleece, ponte

Stylemaker Fabrics– ponte

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