The Sula Blazer – Ralph Pink

One of the big things I wanted to add to my day to day wardrobe was a decent black blazer. Something that could work smart-casual. 

I got the Ralph Pink Sula blazer as part of a prize from the Indie Pattern Month competition run on The Monthly Stitch. That was 10 months ago and I still hadn’t used it! 
No excuse not to really. I actually had fabric for it and the pattern printed and taped ready to go. I just felt it was a little daunting to jump right into and I kept putting it off!

I think I was quite right to be a little scared though. It’s not a simple sew and the instructions are not particularly good. In fact there’s one bit which is just plain wrong. But having waited longer to start (and having made more coats/ jackets in between), I was able to kind of figure out what to do!

The blazer is meant to be a bit oversized and slouchy. It features a roll collar, faux jetted pockets and a 2 part chevron sleeve. It’s also fully lined. 

The first thing I did was get rid of that chevron sleeve. It did not look like fun to put together and wouldn’t show up on the black fabric I was planning to use anyway. I overlaid the two pattern pieces and traced over them to create a single piece. I trimmed the lining hem to be slightly shorter than the outer fabric so that the seam rolled to the inside when sewn together. 

I also did a big bicep adjust to the pattern since one of my main problems with RTW blazers is the lack of ease around my bingo wings…

So as I was saying, the instructions are not good and the pictures provided are minimal. I managed to truck along ok regardless. 

It helped that I’d made jetted pockets on my previous coat so I figured that part out pretty fast. One big issue was that the seam allowance wasn’t listed anywhere on the pattern or instructions. I was sure I used a 1.5cm allowance when I made the Phaedra Drape dress so I assumed it was the same. 

Well you know what they say when you assume things…

Turns out the seam allowance was 1cm and I ended up having to recut the lining and the back pieces as I’d already sewn, notched and trimmed those. 

(Slaps hand on forehead…)

Luckily I had enough fabric leftover to do that!

I made a size 12 and took in the shoulders by 1cm on either side. I used some black cotton sateen I got from Mood in NYC a couple of years ago and a black and white cotton poplin from Paris for the lining. This blazer is already well travelled… 😉

I felt it looked weird with full length sleeves (I don’t know why) so I opted to roll them up and also show of a little bit of the lining. I do wish I’d used a drapier fabric for it. It’s a bit boxy in the cotton sateen. I think a crepe would’ve worked a lot better.  

As much as I rubbish the instructions, the actual pattern is good. It fits together well and is reasonably well notched and marked. If it came with good instructions it would be a cinch to make. 

That being said I don’t love the design and fit. I think it’s still way too wide at the shoulder to be flattering.

So I’ve made 2 Ralph Pink patterns and both have had fatal errors in the instructions. By fatal I mean something impossible to sew and completely wrong. 

I love Ralph Pink designs – they’re so chic – but I really can’t recommend them unless you’re a relatively experienced dressmaker and can work without instructions!

I can just imagine newbies just getting caught out in those tricky bits and being completed put off sewing by them!

Edit: There’s a sale on at Ralph Pink at the moment. 20% off fashion patterns and 25% off corset patterns. It’s a good time to try one out if you fancy it!


  1. That blazer looks so sharp! I’ve always wanted to make a polka dot blazer but I don’t think I’m sophisticated enough to pull it off, lol.

    1. Thanks! I’m sure you could pull off a blazer! I think with the right fit and style, there’s one suitable for everyone!!

    1. Thanks! I really like his patterns though the instructions are a little lacking. The patterns are really good though! I love his style!

  2. Your blazer is lovely and I do like the lining on the sleeves. I’ve been wanting to make a blazer but think I will stay away from this one, I need decent instructions and maybe a more fitted one.

    1. Thanks! I don’t think I’d make this one again though. I don’t think the style was what I was after – way too boxy!
      There are so many blazer patterns out there at the mo that I’m sure you’ll be able to find one you like!

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