I did it! I made something for me! All mine.
I’ve had my eye on this little beauty for aaaaages and I was delighted to finally get it finished. Although let me be clear – the Victoria Blazer by By Hand London is not a difficult pattern at all. I’d highly recommend it for a beginner itching to make something fashionable, wearable and lovable. The Victoria loves ya back yo!
I made cropped version 2 – my favourite of the three variations on offer, although I can see myself slouching about in a longer version too. The sleeveless is not for me. I can’t get around early ‘Neighbours’ male character associations I’m afraid.
Another win – this blazer was entirely made from stash fabric. I used a very drapey synthetic fabric for the shell (DON’T ask me what it was I cannot tell you) and a soft swishy polkadot cotton for the lining. I took a tip from Sonia at Ginger Makes and extended the lining into the sleeves, making this a pleasure to slip on and off. Do it. If perhaps you are the LAST LIVING PERSON ON EARTH who has not made this yet.
My only issue? Like Ginger (yeah hello again!) I found the front neckline to be longer than the back which kinda freaked me out to begin with because I couldn’t work out what I had done wrong. I ended up kinda easing it in to get it to fit but would love to know if anyone else had this and what they did to correct it.
I used the lining fabric to create the cute little turn up cuffs. I was very tempted to do the same for the lapel but thought too much polkadot cutesiness might be a bit too twee. And this pattern is not twee my friends. This pattern slouches around cool east end bars, stays up til dawn and smokes fags indoors. I love it.
Disregard those shocking creases – I have pressed since then. And now for an deeply uncool pic to grace this very cool pattern. There was a fucking massive bee behind me, hence the expression.
Not much more to add other than that I will be visiting Liberty this week to purchase some divine fabric for the Anna dress which is next on my list. A dress as sexy as that deserves some sexy fabric, non? How exciting. And how selfish. Bliss…