I'm always eagerly on the look out for the next Itch to Stitch* pattern tester call as I just KNOW it's going to be amazing. Not necessarily always in design, although everybody needs the basics too, but amazing due to how brilliantly and professionally the patterns are drafted, graded, illustrated and finished! So when the call for the La Paz* came out, I admit, I squealed a little! And what can I say but WOW?! An unlined, beautifully tailored, notch collar blazer for knit fabrics with all the bells and whistles! Seriously I'm in awe of this jacket pattern, it made a garment perceived to be impossible to make at home, easily achievable for any confident experienced sewer and I just know I'll be making more.
The La Paz* is a printable PDF pattern from Itch to Stitch* in US sizes 00-20 (25-40.5" waist) and sewing cup sizes A-DD so all the hard work of bust adjustments has already been done for you! There are up to 32 pages to print per cup size (be sure to only print the pages for your cup size as detailed in the print chart or you'll have 87 pattern pages print!), trim and tape together depending on size or you could get the included A0 copy printed for you by a copy shop or similar if you prefer. As always with Itch to Stitch* patterns, the La Paz* has very detailed size & measurement charts, print & cutting layout guides and are fully illustrated throughout with very professional drafting and finishing options, including full details on blending between sizes to get your best fit. The pattern pieces themselves have layers and all sizes have a different line colour and style so however you're printing, it will be super easy to assemble and cut. It requires 210-220cm (2.5 yards) of very stable knit fabric as well as some knit and woven fusible interfacings, some lightweight woven fabric for the pockets and back stays (as well as to make the binding for the Hong Kong seams if you choose those) and 4 buttons.
For my La Paz*, as per the size charts, I made a size 0, cup C. I used a medium weight cotton ponte which is very stable and the 3% lycra content helps it spring back and reform perfectly. It has a small amount of horizontal stretch only and I used just under 2 metres, I could have used less but I spent quite a while fussy cutting to pattern match the stripes. I used a 100% cotton lawn for the back stays, pockets and for binding all the seams using the Hong Kong method and used just under a metre of that as well. I didn't want the buttons to stand out too much as the fabric is already quite a feature so used simple plain matt black ones. As for length of time to make? I honestly lost count! There were many hours of time poured into making this but from start to finish it was made in under a week whilst also sewing other projects, I would estimate at around 15-20 hours.
How does it fit?
Overall, very well. The collar lies nice and flat around my neck, the shoulders end just at the right point, the 2 piece set in sleeves fit and shape very well down my arms and end nicely on my hands. The front buttons fasten neatly without pulling or creating any drag lines. The double welt pockets with flap sit perfectly without protruding and I can fit my hand in to put small items in.
The only thing I can point out which may not be perfect is the back vent when wearing over jeans. The jeans seem to add a bit onto my hip measurement which makes the vent gape a little so in future ones I make, I'll be sure to account for this and add a little extra in at the hips if I suspect I'll be wearing often with jeans.
For more inspiration in various sizes, colours, prints and fabrics, check out some of the other testers versions in the release post HERE*
Full price pattern - (£12.08) $15 - I received the pattern for free in return for testing
Fabric Cost (Outer and lining) - £21 ($26.08)
Notions (Thread, Interfacings and Buttons) - £7 ($8.69)
Total Cost - £39.08 ($48.53 USD)
Cost to make each additional with similar fabric around £25-£30 ($31.04-$37.25)
The La Paz* is on release sale for just $12 (£9.66) until midnight 16th April (Central time) only!
AND there is now a permanent 'Buy More Save More' automatically applied discount for up to an additional 20% off your basket so perfect excuse to buy a couple more awesome patterns whilst you're there like the amazing Marbella! In the right fabrics, the Marbella and La Paz would be a stunning outfit for work or special occasion.
I love everything about it and am already feeling sad at the thought of one day wearing it out and having to throw it away! I just HAVE to make another of these, my original idea was a crisp white version for over dresses but that fabric is currently lost in the mail system, whenever it does arrive though, it will become another La Paz* for definite.
To buy the La Paz Jacket pattern, click HERE!*
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Hi! I'm Sarah and I live with my 2 boys and my Husband in East Anglia, UK. I enjoy sewing for my family and it is my aim to have a completely MeMade wardrobe for us all!