Pattern: Victoria Blazer from By Hand London
Fabric: Shell – cotton sateen from Grey’s Fabric Lining – poly charmeuse from Joann’s
Shirt: Lucky Brand
Jeans: Mek Denim
Flats: Michael Kors
Shades: Tommy Hilfiger
Green is my favorite color, so it was a no-brainer to make this blazer out of a green cotton sateen I spotted at Grey’s when I went fabric shopping with my friends (Ana bought the same fabric but in a gold color to make her own version).
I don’t have a whole lot to say about this blazer since I’m not crazy about it. I love the colors and it was easy to put together, but I’m not too sure if it’s “me” or not.
I totally lucked out on the lining, I found it in the remnant bin at Joann Fabrics for $5. I decided to fully line the jacket so it would be easy to take on and off.
Even though the pattern didn’t call for interfacing, I wish it had. I kept obsessing over pressing and pressing the collar and lapels, trying to get them to stay crisp and flat. Do BHL patterns just not call for interfacing? I only made the Charlotte skirt so far, and was also surprised that there was no requirement for interfacing in the waistband. I also kicked myself for not understitching after I attached the lining to the jacket. Again, not called for in the instructions, and it bothers me that the lining rolls out from time to time and can be seen along the blazer lapels and bottom hem. I was surprised that that wasn’t a construction step, but I’m also mad that I didn’t think to do it myself. Again, something else that I’m not happy about with this blazer.
If I was to make another one, I’d probably omit the pockets – they’re not the type of pockets that you can put your hands in and walk around, they’re set back a little too far.
I’m not sure if this jacket is exactly my style, especially at this length – I feel like it was one of those patterns that everyone was making so I decided to as well. I’m more of a structured, pulled-together kinda gal, and this blazer has a very casual, sloppy kind of feel to it. Perhaps if I did a shorter length with the above mods I would get a different result. Now that I’ve made one blazer, I don’t have any fear about sewing a more complicated jacket pattern down the road.