In the unlikely event that you haven't heard of the Victoria Blazer - By Hand London's third commercial pattern - I implore you to go check it out now! I've been sewing for over three years now, but I often tend to play it safe and shy away from 'difficult' projects. The Victoria Blazer is perfect in the sense that it's a surprisingly easy make, yet by the end of it...you've made a fully lined jacket!!! It's a great confidence-building pattern, but if you're still unsure about tackling it yourself, you're in luck - the By Hand London girls have just announced a sewalong!
As you can see, I opted for the cropped version in fear of the full-length blazer swamping my short frame, but I can see a longer version in my future for sure. I made a straight size 12 and I'm pretty happy with the fit, but I might be tempted to cut a size 10 next time - at least for the shoulders, armholes and sleeves.
I used a lovely aqua/minty linen for the shell of my blazer - which I won in an epic Megan Nielsen giveaway - and a beautiful stripy cotton for my lining.
The pattern itself has minimal pieces and is very cleverly constructed, with clearly written instructions which are nice and easy to follow.
I absolutely adore the flattering front dart detail and the collar/lapels come out so crisp, making you feel like such a clever stitcher. Although the pattern doesn't call for it, I chose to top-stitch my collar/lapels to stop the lining from peeking out and to help it hold it's shape better.
Another detail I love about this pattern are the cute little cuffs, which I chose to make out of my lining fabric, but they can also be made form your main fabric if you want a more uniform look.
Look, I fully lined a jacket! I feel so clever...even if it was easy peasy! And the design of the blazer even makes me feel cool by default!
How do you feel about this pattern - made it already or tempted to give it a go? Perhaps you're a tailoring pro and have some advice for aspiring stitchers like myself...