And another reason to sew: I didn't buy any clothes when I was in Italy, but I did buy fabric! Italian wool, silk, and... Denim!
Okay, so maybe it is weird to buy denim in Italy, but I totally fell in love with this gorgeous printed denim. I was looking for polka dotted denim or wool, and wasn't finding any... and I decided tiny stars was even better! And, did I mention it is a S-T-R-E-T-C-H denim! I'm all about comfort in a blazer.
The pattern is Simplicity 3628, a Threads pattern. It is a blazer with a mandarin collar. I just love mandarin collars-- they look classy and sporty at the same time, and just a touch Asian without being cliche. Also, lapels go out of style so quickly... too large, too small, etc.
I really love this jacket! It fits me better than the jacket I made last summer (oh, another alteration is that I narrowed the shoulders, that was the thing I disliked most about the last jacket I made... the shoulders are too broad for me). I also like the more casual styling of this one, the other one might be too tailored.