I’m back! And so quickly that I don’t have to apologize! Project Sewn prompted the quick post as they are hosting an Era challenge. I’m not sure that we can call the 80’s an Era but I can’t put this Blazer on without feeling like some cross between Don Johnson of the Miami Vice fame and Duran Duran. So I’m linking it up in all of its 80’s glory! With no further ado… the By Hand London Victoria Blazer!
My instagram and twitter friends know that this one has been done for awhile now but it’s been sitting in my closet with the bottom hem gaping open as I contemplated the boxy shape. To keep it as is or to add some shaping… in the end, Jen of Grainline Studio decided this for me when she posted a sample picture of her upcoming Morris Blazer (cannot wait for this pattern!). That one will be a more flattering shape so I decided to leave Victoria as she was intended… boxy (!) but not completely shapeless. And honestly, I love her for it!
I made this using the Robert Kaufman yarn-dyed Essex linen in denim blue. It’s a linen cotton blend but is surprisingly scratchy when worn. Anyway, I lined the body with some fun polyester that feels so lovely and smooth that I wish I had gone ahead and lined the sleeves. Alas, too late for that now! To keep it from being too boring, I used some dark blue linen from my stash to make the contrast collar and cuffs. This linen has considerably less body than the Essex linen so I underlined the collar with the same fabric. Seems to have done the trick!
The pattern has you leave the lining and the body of the jacket detached at the armholes and the lining isn’t understitched at all. The result of this for me was a lining that was out of control and easily popped out to the front. Since I didn’t pick the most neutral lining, I decided to tame it as best I could. To do this I edge stitched around the collar to tack the lining down a bit better. I also attached it to the jacket at the armholes using some commercial bias tape. I find the lining is still readily visible (loose blazer and all that) but is at least staying where it belongs!
This Blazer bring out all manner of cheesiness…
It also looks a hell of a lot less ridiculous on my tall German friends!
When this pattern was first released, I had zero intention of making it. As I have said before, boxy is not the look for me! But in keeping with Amy’s tradition, I’m going to highlight a few awesome versions of Victoria that changed my mind. Rachel of The House of Pinheiro in her rocking MC Hammer jacket, Zosews cool khaki and watermelon version, and this seriously badass leather version by Kim.
Anyone else hesitant to try this boxy Blazer?