It's Sewalong Time again girlies - Monday 8th July 2013 marks the official start of the Victoria Blazer Sewalong! This pattern is an absolute breeze to whip up, so nothing could be better for a spot of last minute Summer wardrobe sewing. For all of you "beginner" sewists out there who may have been a little wary of jumping in at the deep end with a jacket pattern, we'll be here to hold your hand every step of the way - answering questions, offering tips and showing you how beautifully simple the Victoria is to make. Being a casual blazer with a laid back attitude, she's been designed with plenty of ease so there's no tricky tailoring or fitting involved here. We absolutely can't wait to get started - we've picked out our fabrics already and are dying to see what you guys come up with! Speaking of which - check out Katy's awesome colour blocked Victoria (with matching shorts no less) at katyandlaney.com. We likey very much.
Hell yeah, I'm in! Tell me more...
First post goes up MONDAY 8th JULY, so if you haven't already, you still have time to get your pattern and supplies. We'll be publishing two-three posts per week, so hopefully we'll have ourselves some seriously fly blazers just in time for the Summer's shenanigans (or some cosy Autumnal layers for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere). We'll be making up one cropped variation with sleeves, and one sleeveless variation with pockets, thereby covering all aspects from all three variations.
How do I get involved?
Really all you need to do to get involved is just sewalong with us! Obviously, we love nothing more than seeing your By Hand London creations, so if you'd like to share your progress with us and the world - sharing is caring after all - please feel free to post on your blogs, show some love on our Facebook page, tweet us or Instagram @byhandlondon using the hashtags #byhandlondon and #victoriasewalong, join our Pinterest community board or upload your pictures to our Flickr pool.
How will the posts be broken down?
- #1 - Tracing the pattern, cutting and marking your fabric
- #2 - Stay stitching, assembling the blazer shell
- #3 - Setting in the pockets (Variations 1 & 3 only)
- #4 - Side seams and prepping collar, lapels & cuffs
- #5 - Sleeves (Variations 1 & 2 only) & armhole prep (Variation 3 only)
- #6 - Attaching the collar & lapels, joining the lining to the shell
- #7 - Finishing touches - hemming, finishing armholes etc
- #8 - Round-up party!
*If there is anything we haven’t covered here that you would like us to include, please let us know as soon as possible!*
I’m getting excited. What do I need?
- The Victoria Blazer pattern.
- Fabric. You'll need about 2m of a 60" width fabric or 2.5m of a 45" width fabric for the main variation (full length with sleeves), and 1.5m (60") or 2m (45") for the cropped or sleeveless variations. For the lining, you'll need 1m of 60" width or 2m of 45" width. We've recommended light to medium weight fabrics with a bit of body - things like basic cotton, linen, chambray, wool crepe, flannel, soft denim, wool or tweed are ideal. Stable knits such as ponte or double knit would also be great. For the lining, we suggest you go for a buttery soft 100% cotton lawn or quilting cotton. Please make sure you pre-wash your fabric before cutting! Nothing worse than spending all that time making something beautiful only for it to shrink in the wash... Been there, folks. Never again.
- A couple of spools of matching thread - it's always a good idea to get this when you get your fabric (or bring a swatch of your fabric with you) to get a good colour match. You may need two colours if your shell and lining are contrasting.
- Various dressmaking supplies: a sewing machine, fabric scissors/rotary cutter, paper scissors, tracing paper, pens & pencils, pins, a hand sewing needle, a tape measure, tailor’s chalk, an iron.
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