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Victoria Blazer sewing pattern in Cloth Magazine!

Did any of you happen to pick up the May issue 18 of Cloth mag? Weeeeellll, if you did then not only are you probably still admiring the free vintage style swallow trim that came with it, but maybe you also noticed our little mention? The nice chaps at Cloth sent us the trim beforehand and said we could do whatever we wanted with it. And we knew immediately! It was PERFECT to jazz up our brand new Spring  sewing pattern, the Victoria Blazer. This blazer was designed to be a bit slouchy, to have a bit of a 'boyfriend' look. So, with this project we decided to incorporate something that we love about menswear - that it is all in the detail - into our cropped variation, and added the trim as a lining on the inside of the collar and lapel. It's super easy and here's one we made earlier:



Lay your blazer flat out onto a flat surface to begin.

By Hand London Cloth magazine step 1


Fold over both of your lapels, so that your lining is facing you.

By Hand London Cloth Magazine step 2



Pin your trim onto your lining, right up against the edge. Starting on one side, do this all the way along your lapels and collar, until you reach the bottom of the other side of your blazer front. Make sure you fold over the trim at the very bottom, to hide the raw edges.

By Hand London Cloth Magazine step 3






Blindstitch the trim to your blazer by catching a single strand from the ribbon and a few strands from your blazer at a time. Do this all the way around your lapels and collar, on both sides of the trim.

By Hand London Cloth Magazine Step 6



Get out and flash your lovely trim at all and sundry!


By Hand London Cloth Magazine Step 7



Comments on this post (8)

  • Jul 09, 2013

    Hi Bella,

    Thank you! This was actually a light-weight cotton old duvet cover we had lying about! That is in fact one of our favourite routes for finding cottons with fun prints on them (charity shops are particularly great) Have you seen the galaxy print ELisalex Dress that sewing blogger Emily made? Well, that was a bedspread as well! Fantastic that you’re joining in the sewalong and great idea to make a linen version – we’ve made quite a few already and it holds the shape v v well. In case you haven’t got your lining fabric yet, we’ve been coupling our linen jackets with floral patterned cotton lawn and Sewbox has a great selection Look forward to seeing your creation!

    — byhandlondon

  • Jun 06, 2013

    It’s a beautiful jacket! I love the trim too. :)

    — Beth

  • Jun 17, 2013

    I’m loving this pattern, great job. Hope to make it soon and looking forward to seeing all of the other versions out there!

    — elise

  • Jun 27, 2013

    I really love this version of the jacket. What kind of fabric did you use for this one? Just bought my pattern for the sewalong and I’m seriously excited! I’m thinking of using linen for mine.

    — Bella

  • May 29, 2013

    Hi Kathryn,

    Thanks! And yes, definitely, there will be a sewalong – probably sometime in July. We’ll be sure to shout loudly about it on the blog beforehand!

    — byhandlondon

  • May 29, 2013

    Ahhhh, this is so cool! I love the way you used the trim (and I love the trim… gotta find a retailer for Cloth in the US!)!

    — Ginger

  • May 31, 2013

    Thanks! That swallow print is seriously nice, isn’t it? I (Charlotte) happen to have a spare lot of the trim, soooooo, when we meet up in August in NYC I’ll bring it with me for ya!

    — byhandlondon

  • May 29, 2013

    What a great idea! I love that trim and the blazer looks so cute in the stripey fabric. Can’t wait to get paid on Friday and get myself a Victoria blazer pattern. Are you planning a sew-along at all?

    — kathryn

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