Well, read on & you can find out, knowing that it was these two lovelies that were particularly inspirational in my latest make. And whilst it’s autumn, a new season to sew for & my head’s been swimming with ideas about what to make, I haven’t got a plan & until write it down I am afraid I am going to get pulled in different directions. I sense a blog post containing a plan coming…when I force myself to engage the rational organised side of my brain that is & put fingers to keyboard.
Until I make a plan though, spontaneity reigns. When I have energy that is, I seem to react after seeing something truly gorgeous someone is sharing in their blog & my imagination & sense of possibility is lured down a new pathway. At the moment I am weak, oh so weak! (I have so many things to blame marathon training for!!) This make therefore is a quick & dirty one. Above is the tease I left you with.
And what has it become? Not sportswear hahaha, even though it was shown during a Great North Run post! Why, it’s become my own Victoria Blazer from ByHand London. There have been too many sensational examples splashed across the blogosphere & whilst I kept reading what a simple jacket it is to make, I was not convinced about the particular shape for me. And talk about being late for the Victoria Blazer party? I arrived just in time to do the clearing up collecting cans, bottles & paper plates in bin bags, that’s how late I am….
I don’t suit boxy. Thanks to Jane though who made a version in a knit I could hold out no more. Jane had made a few mods including shaping the side seams. Jane says she doesn’t do boxy either, yet Jane’s version looked so spivvy that I was sold. I ordered the pattern that day.
I had no plan for fabric until I remembered some purple Morgan Crepe Jersey that I had spontaneously ordered from Minerva as part of a larger order I’d made a couple of months ago. I ordered it not knowing really what I was ordering, or what I was going to make but the description & price looked too good to ignore. This is a mid weight knit in a beautiful plum colour (I’m into plum & purple at the moment). This fabric could be a lovely autumn dress or skirt or maybe even some lounge pants….. or a jacket!!
The Victoria blazer is lined and it was only through reviewing the sewalong and examples of wow jackets being showcased that I remembered Miss Demeanour’s fetching meow jacket with faux animal lining. Why I had some fluffy animal print stashed away as a result of some gifted by Suzy at a blogger meet up. It looks wild with the plum! The plan was hatched.
And it is true what everyone has said – this is a simple jacket to make. I prepared by some reading through of the pattern instructions & sewalong posts, but really could have followed the instructions there & then. So construction then was straight forward. I used my overlocker for most of the seams – except those mainly relating to the collar/ lapels/ centre front. I really liked the front over-the-shoulder dart & the way that the collar & lapels are attached. I did not line the sleeves by the way, & whilst I entertained the idea of adding patch pockets, I didn’t follow that one through either. My revisions were just side seam shaping & shortening at the hem.
What has worked less well, & I blame myself, (who else ?!) is the whole collar sitting nice & flat job. I should have added some interfacing to the collar & lapels with hindsight – they are a bit floppy. The softness of the plum knit combined with the more bulky fluffy lining means that the centre front edges are not as crisp as I’d like – added with the floppy lapels make me compulsively straighten them & pull them down as I am wearing it.
I have top stitched this edge, through the collar & lapels to help set them in place, as well as strategically catch-stitching the underneath of the lapels & collar to the jacket front.
The hem is also a little disappointing in that the lining peeps out- this I blame on multiple factors – the way the two fabrics work together & the sloppiness of the seamstress! And let’s throw in marathon training too – told you it can be blamed for almost anything 😉
But all in all, considering I have not had the time & energy to sew much recently I have been enjoying wearing it. It’s a good extra layer for this time of year.
Maybe not for work ..
I feel I need to get my leopard skin brothel creepers out & sugar water my quiff….or let’s channel some Trump/ Lynch…they both have *amazing* hair …
Being modelled with my ByHand Charlotte skirt would you know!