The Victoria Blazer, of course. Not named for me but I can dream, right? I mean who wouldn’t want to be one of the By Hand London girls?! I bought this pattern on the way home from the Goldhawk Road meet-up in August and all the fabric for this project came from that venerable street of fabric retailers although I only paid for the lining! I also made this in August and am still catching up with all the garments I’ve made and want to share with you!
Now before you start to panic that I pilfered my way from one end of the road to the other I have one word for you: Swap. I have never experienced anything like it in all my life. Seriously, there was so much gorgeous fabric needing a new home! Everything from Liberty Lawn to mystery vintage synthetics, miles of jersey, notions, patterns… It was somewhat overwhelming!
So I hung back and didn’t lunge for the table, I just let everyone else do their thing and then had a look to see whether there was anything I wanted. I picked up two pieces, some navy cotton drill / twill and a mystery fibre tiny houndstooth.
The navy twill / drill became my blazer.
I’d actually bought the lining earlier in the day whilst Roisin was still with us as I’d seen it in one of the shops (on the same side of the tube station) and as I knew she’d already made the cropped version which was also my plan I sought her expertise on the amount needed. 1m was advised and it was perfect and I think the fabric was only 45″ wide.
So this little jacket cost me the price of the pattern and £5 on some sort of cotton blend brocade in cerise and blue and a thank you to whoever brought that navy fabric to the swap!
I love this little jacket and whilst I didn’t line the sleeves like Sonja I did slipstitch the lining to the armhole seam, enclosing all the raw edges. I also used one of the lovely labels that come with the By Hand London patterns; for some reason I guard these things and this is the first one I’ve used despite now having made four iterations of BHL patterns!
And I also have the winners of the Simplicity Give Away!!
Congratulations to Jenni and Tracy who each won the trouser pattern and to Amy and Grace who each won a copy of the dress! You should each have received an email from me!