I know, I know it’s June and I’m wearing a sweater and blazer. I was roasting! But I knew I couldn’t wait until fall to try my hand at the Victoria Blazer, By Hand London’s newest pattern. Plus June is independent pattern month, what is a girl to do?
I’ve been ogling oversized Stella McCartney coats for a while now, but you never know how these things will look on you. Enter the Victoria Blazer and my chance to find out. My Victoria is in a US size 2/UK size 6*, no sizing alterations. It was very helpful to have the finished garment measurements as well as the sizing chart so I could be sure that the blazer would be roomy when completed.
I think everyone has guessed my major alteration by now, color blocking. The top of my coat is a butterscotch sateen cotton and the bottom is cut from yellow and black wool. All the pattern pieces were interfaced with my new favorite, Touch of Gold interfacing, to add a little heft to the fabrics. This also prevented stretching while I was sewing and pressing which was an extra bonus. I used the cutting line for the cropped blazer variation to divide the front and back pattern pieces in two. If you use this method don’t forget to add seam allowances (5/8 of an inch) along the new edges where the pattern was slashed. You will need to add seam allowances to both the top and bottom panels on the cropped jacket line where you cut.
And what outfit is complete without matching shorts? Sarai I can’t stop making your Iris shorts. This is my third pair (1, 2)! Again I made what has become my standard alterations; front fly zip, moving the pockets to the side seams, and raising the waist. If you haven’t seen Sandra Betzina’s video on how to install front fly zippers, I HIGHLY recommend it. Turns out there is nothing particularly difficult or scary about the front fly zip once someone explains the construction to you.
And if you’re not into fox sweaters (I hope you’re feeling okay) maybe I can seduce you with a sloppy white Oxford shirt?
One final note before I sign off, I’ll be teaching a Victoria Blazer class at Grey’s Fabric and Notions in Boston July 18th and 25th. If you’ve done a little sewing before this project is a great introduction to garment construction and set in sleeves.
2 1/2 yards butterscotch cotton sateen
1/2 to 3/4 yards of wool
2 1/4 yards black lining
3 to 4 yards Touch of Gold interfacing
black and butterscotch thread
1 yard wool
1 yard black lining
1 1/2 to 2 yards Touch of Gold interfacing
hook and eye
*I’ve noticed that some Victoria Blazer envelopes have different sizing, for example US2/UK4 are the same size. Just to clear up any confusion I made the smallest size with no sizing alterations.