sewing a Victoria Blazer with Girl Charlee Houndstooth Fabric
♪..Into the woods it’s time to go, I hate to leave I have to go. Into the woods it’s time and so, I must begin my journey. Into the woods and through the trees…♪
Ahhh those lyrics are from my favourite Musical, Steven Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Appropriate I thought as these pictures of my latest sew were taken in our local woods…
After sewing my colourful ‘ ‘ I fancied making up another By Hand London pattern and chose The Victoria Blazer. I wanted a slow detailed sew and I needed a soft jacket or top that could be worn as a cardigan.
If you read my on the popularity of hounds-tooth (or even dog tooth?) fabric you will understand my choice of print. I chose a Ponte De Roma knit fabric from Girl Charlee fabrics, this one is called ‘Medium Forest Green Houndstooth’ . It is the perfect weight and stretch for this pattern, being a mixture of rayon and polyester with 5% spandex. I used 2m for the jacket and lining.
The Lining problem:
My dilemma was in choosing a suitable stretch lining, I solved this by using the ponte as a lining. A good choice because it gave the jacket more overall weight and the added layer provided some welcome warmth too.
I followed all the instructions without any major alterations except i did sew the pocket bags to the outer shell as I didnt want them bunching up and looking lumpy. I must say, am fast becoming a fan of BHL.
Halfway through this make I found a long t-shirt in Tk max for the bargain price of £5, it matched the green in the jacket perfectly. So much so that i cut the bottom off the t-shirt and used it as the contrast cuff on the 3/4 length sleeves.
I am very happy with my Victoria Blazer and I know i will get a lot of wear out of it. especially as it goes with my autumnal accessories…
My next sew is going to be another first, a Merchant and Mills Pattern, but before I can start I have some crochet to finish….
*This is a collaborative post, the fabric was a gift from Girl Charlee Fabrics UK.