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.
Fold over both of your lapels, so that your lining is facing you.
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.
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.
Get out and flash your lovely trim at all and sundry!