My choice to go with plain black for this By Hand London Victoria Blazer was in an attempt to tame my crazy print heavy wardrobe, but I just couldn’t help myself and had to add an interesting lining so… attempt failed really. If, like me, you too need help check out Cirque De Bebe’s solid experiment series here and here for some print dieting inspiration.
When I first started getting into sewing my Mum generously gave me this beautiful black linen from her stash. I worked with linen for the first time on my Vogue 1247 top and was hooked, it is such a pleasure to handle and I love the earthy look it gives. The voile lining came from my lovely sister vegeTARAian so I guess you can call this a gifted make, I bought the pattern though so maybe I’ll call it a family make.
And now for a little shout out to my favourite Victoria’s of the moment Oonaballoona’s grey and neon, Katy and Laney’s cropped and ruffled and Nicole Needle’s Joan Jett tuxedo.
I made it in a size US 8/UK 12 after consulting Sew Dixie Lou of the marvellous Spoolettes (check out her Spoolettes post explaining all). And if you’ve somehow missed The Spoolette bowling shirt series you must be hiding under a rock (start with this one from Charity Shop Chic).
I attached the armhole lining by overlocking it to the main fabric, finishing them together which I thought was quick and easy. I was prepared to abandon the idea in case it made the lining a little tight but it didn’t, still plenty of ease so I was happy.
I also tacked down just the bodice lapel in a few places to stop it flapping around.I would probably omit the pockets next time or raise them up a bit so they sit more at my waist like a bomber jacket.I’ve still got about 3 meters of African wax print from my frankenpattern dress that I’m planning for a cropped version sometime soon.
If you’ve never made a blazer before this is a perfect soft landing into the world of collars, lapels and linings, the perfect light spring/autumn jacket. Big thumbs up for this pattern, thanks By Hand London ladies.