Saturday, 26 January 2019

Nina Lee Richmond Blazer


Hey, I have been busy in the first month of 2019 pattern testing Nina Lee's new Richmond Blazer. She requested pattern testers in late December and I was lucky enough to be chosen to pattern test before the launch on Friday 25th January.
If you are a fan of clean lines and classic styling then you will love the Richmond Blazer. It has a notched collar, welt pockets with flaps and is fully lined.

I made mine up in a bottle green linen that I got free at a 'Swish' almost a year ago. Some long-time readers may recognise the lining as another bargain fabric in the form of a tablecloth I bought in the H&M home sale section in 2017 (I made my New Look 6446 jumpsuit with it last year).


It is an involved and enjoyable make. The written instructions and illustrations are excellent and beautifully presented in a handy guide. I made my very first welt pockets following Nina's instructions and didn't feel the need to google a youtube video or search for more advice online because her advice is so clear every step of the way!

I am really proud of this make and it came together in very intense after-work sessions starting on the 10th January and finishing on the 16th January. I can definitely see another Richmond Blazer in my wardrobe in a different fabric.

Here are some construction shots and the finished blazer.

I understitched the collar by hand
The lining worked out really well. I bought some olive green/grey bamboo from Ray Stitch for the sleeve lining
Marking out my first ever the welt pocket with hand-basting

Thank you to Alex (Selkie Patterns) at The Village Haberdashery for taking these photos!


I really enjoyed making this blazer and if you have never made a jacket before the Richmond Blazer would be an excellent pattern to start with. Nina Lee's really created a fantastic pattern here folks, a perfect wardrobe staple!

14 comments:

  1. Great make and I love that you are still making use of that fab tropical fabric. x

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    1. Thanks. Yes that tropical fabric keeps giving and giving!

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  2. What a nice color and fit, the blazer looks great on you :)

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    1. Thanks Kat. I am really happy with the fit (aside from the length of the arms which are a little short!).

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  3. Wow this is amazing! I'd love to make a blazer and this looks like a great pattern.

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  4. I loved reading this, Caroline - your blazer looks so fantastic and I love seeing the close-ups! x

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    1. Thank you Nina. I really enjoyed making it!

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  5. Absolutely love the blazer. Especially your tropical lining. Looks great on you. Saw this on the Handmade Monday link-up. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  6. What an investment make. I love the colour it is so vivid. Well done for your tenacity. I really like the last photo of you - so cool. Jo xx

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    1. Thanks Jo. I don't often stick my face on my blog but every now and again when the wind is in the right direction I capture a reasonable pose! he he x

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  7. That lining! And all those beautiful details - it's gorgeous. x

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    1. Thanks Florence - I thoroughly enjoyed making this jacket. I learnt so much from making it!

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