Sunday, 15 February 2015

Navy Victoria Blazer

It seems that I'm on an indie sewing pattern binge at the moment! Today I'm showing you my version of By Hand London's Victoria blazer. They had a 20% off certain patterns a couple of weeks ago, and I've been eyeing Victoria up for ages so I bit the bullet. I decided that it was time to add another suit to my rotation and I thought that I'd give Victoria a try.
I used a 100% wool fabric that I scored in a charity shop last year. Just under 3 metres for 8.99 was a crazy price and I obviously couldn't leave it there! Unfortunately I only noticed after it was sewn up that there are some teeny holes in parts of it, but they've been patched up the best I can.
The only changes to the pattern I made were to extend the sleeves to full length (because I want to wear it all year round) and to take a wedge out of the back to make it slightly more fitted. I also lined the sleeves as well as the body because that wool is itchy! It was interesting to sew up in comparison to my other blazers. This one doesn't have a facing, which means that the lining sometimes shows.
It ends at exactly the right place which is good. I tacked down the collar ends to keep them in place. The lining was bagged, to keep the insides neat.
I'm pretty happy with it, and I think it looks good with the matching Chardon skirt (yet to blog).
The navy colour seems to go with pretty much anything, so no doubt I'll be wearing it in the spring out of school. I love it with the stripey dress.
Thanks very much for reading and to Ed for taking the photos!
Lauren xx

20 comments:

  1. You look so sharp in your new blazer! (I also love the dress underneath it.) I think it's cool when the lining peeks through a little bit, it adds some interest to a garment. Very chic!

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    1. Thank you! The stripey dress was one of the first I made with the bodice block!

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  2. This blazer looks very chic. And knowing its wool would make it extra warm. Looking forward to seeing what skirt goes with it

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  3. This looks just perfect on you! And long sleeves are such a good idea. I wish I'd done that!

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    1. Thank you! I knew it wouldn't get so much wear if I'd left them how there were.

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  4. well done! I love how it looks with the dress you're wearing, and I'm sure it will look good with your Chardon skirt :)

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait to show you the skirt next sunday!

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  5. you look beautiful, and that bagged lining is perfect! i just bagged my first lining last weekend, i have no idea why i waited so long to try it. and byt the way, if you do the blazer sans collar it's a whole new pattern.

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    1. Thanks, it makes it all look much more professional! I'll definitely give it a go without the collar next time.

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  6. You look lovely. What a good job with the blazer! :)

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    1. Thanks! It's good to expand my collection given that I have to wear them 5 days a week!

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  7. Gorgeous blazer! You're right - the length is perfect on you! I love it with that dress too :)

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    1. Thank you! I must make that dress pattern up in a plain fabric at somepoint to showcase the darts more!

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  8. Beautiful blazer! It goes perfectly with your dress.

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  9. Love the blazer! It fits you well & you did a great job with your sewing techniques. I noticed that you are very young---wondering if you plan a career in sewing? It would be wonderful if you pursued it as more than a hobby, because you're obviously talented.

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    1. Thank you! I do plan a career in sewing - I'm going to uni next year to do a degree in costume production, and I plan to become a costume maker which is so exciting! I can't wait to get started!

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  10. Great blazer. Also, your hair is amazing and I'm going to steal that hairstyle!

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