Anna and Victoria go to tea

Look! I made a jacket (oh and another dress)!!

The jacket is the By Hand London Victoria blazer. I’ve not made a jacket and really needed a light jacket for the summer. This was intended to be a wearable muslin and I think it worked.

The pattern is actually really easy to put together. It is designed to be relaxed and has a LOT of ease. There is about 9″ (18cm) of ease around the bust, so I decided to go down a size, which would give me about 7″ of ease.

The problem I had was my old lady arms which are obviously larger than they need to be. I ended up with tight sleeves and had to let them out a wee bit. I managed to let out the seam by about 3/8″ which has helped, but it’s not ideal.

A couple of things I don’t agree with, the patterns states that there’s no need to finish the seams on the lining or shell, I’ve overlocked the seams to the shell and the lining has French seams. I just feel as if I’ve made an effort doing this. I don’t like throwing things together!

The jacket doesn’t have a facing, the lining is attached to the edge of the jacket and the collar is attached to that. My fabric choice means that it doesn’t lay very flat. I need to steam the whatsits out of it so it will lay flatter. I might even stick a couple of catch stitches in too.

As to my fabric choice… Ha ha, well the black shell is actually an old long black concert skirt of mine which I grew out of a few years ago. I decided it was perfect to try out this pattern. There wasn’t enough to cut the back piece on the fold, so I gave it a centre back seam. I don’t think this detracts from the jacket at all, in fact I really like it! I think the black fabric is a kind of viscose. It does crease, I have to use a warm iron, not a hot iron to press it and erm (no I haven’t done a burn test on the remains! The lining is a shot purple/blue lining fabric which I used to make a Simplicity jumper dress about a month ago (not get blogged about). So it’s all made from leftovers! My kinda make.

Ha ha, this was the only photo I could find of the original skirt. This was the early 90s!

Next time, I think I’ll have a play around to make the sleeves bigger and also line the sleeves. I don’t really like attaching the lining to the armholes and I honestly think they would better lined. I’m not convinced by the cuffs either. They are attached with a French seam to the sleeve and personally I think my fabric has ended up making these a bit bulky. I might consider a different way another time.

Lining finished by hand to the bottom of the back and attached to the armhole

As for the dress… I really don’t think this needs much more introduction. It’s another Anna dress. With the V-neck front. I forgot to lengthen the bodice and it really could do with an extra half inch, but I’m quite happy with it. I have noticed though that where the boat neck version fits nicely, the v-neck bodice has a tendency to gape. Anyway, this is the 3rd time I’ve made the dress as a whole and the fourth time I’ve made the bodice up (one bodice made for my Gabrianna dress). I just love this pattern, It’s great if you’re feeling a bit meh and can’t be bothered, as it’s quick and easy to make up and is so easy to fit.

The details…
Fabric:  
Blazer – Viscose? from an old black concert skirt. Lining left over from another make, but from Fabric Warehouse
Dress – Cotton from Fabric Warehouse early November (it didn’t make it to stash!)
Notions:   Thread, and a zip and some interfacing for the dress.

Pattern:  By Hand London Victoria Blazer and By Hand London Anna Dress
First worn:  Sunday to the WSBN 2nd birthday party at Martha’s Pantry in Wellington, photos taken by Mel

Worn with:  Sandals from Mischief a couple of years ago.
Changes made: 
Blazer – I actually shortened the long length jacket by 3 inches (lack of fabric!) and put a centre back seam again because of a lack of fabric. I didn’t put any pockets in the side seams. Otherwise no changes made and I also followed the instructions properly!
Dress – Just realigned the front pleats and shortened them to fit me better. Otherwise no changes.
Another one?
Blazer – This was always intended to be a wearable muslin, so I’m pretty tempted to. It’s a really comfy jacket to wear, but next time I will possibly make the sleeves better.
Dress – I should think so, I love this pattern! Surely the fact I’ve made so many says something?

And I’ve realised I’ve managed to make something else in time for The Monthly Stitch challenge!

Current Challenge: November
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