Saturday, 23 September 2017

Reversible By Hand London Victoria Blazer


I only just got around to wearing my recently finished By Hand London Victoria blazer yesterday. This jacket has been 95% finished since April 2017 and I completed the last section of hand-stitching at the end of August. I cut the second blazer out immediately after making my first iteration of the jacket making sure I didn't make the same cutting mistakes as my last one.

In the spirit of Sew Your Stash September this was made with fabric wholly from le stash. The navy suiting fabric I've had for about ten years whilst the red silk Chinese brocade I have owned for probably over 20 years. There was just enough of both fabrics to make up the Victoria blazer.

I modified the lower lapel shape which was fairly easy to do. I made a paper pattern using the original piece  as a guide and angled the lapel including a seam allowance.





As for the construction, I bagged out the jacket by leaving the bottom of the lining / outer open so it could be turned the right way round and carefully hand-stitched together. It was only when sewing the final finish of the jacket it occurred to me it could be reversible, especially since the silk brocade is quite substantial and holds its shape quite well which makes for a decent outer fabric for a jacket.





I'm not sure I will wear the blazer with the brocade on the outside as much as the navy version. I like the hint of red flashing when wearing it the navy way around. What do you think?      

15 comments:

  1. I like both sides! The brocade is too beautiful to use just as lining although I think it gives a real nice effect peaking out! So I think you should wear both sides! Such a beautiful make :)

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    1. Thanks Kat. I really like the brocade side too maybe I should wear it in the evening - it feels very glamorous in the day time!

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  2. So smart Caroline and love the fact that it is reversible. That oriental lining fabric is beautiful

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    1. Thanks Carolee! I am so glad to have used the fabric at long last - it was in my stash for far too long!

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  3. Fantastic jacket Caroline! Love the hint of the red peaking out and what a bonus that it can be worn either way so you have the option of something classic or something to make a statement :)

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    1. Thanks Alex. Yes I think the red brocade version can be my 'statement' jacket from now on!

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  4. Wow! I love that this is reversible - the brocade is much too nice to hide.

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  5. Oooo, I love the reversibleness of this. It looks amazing both ways but I am in love with the red brocade. You could definitely wear it that way for an evening jacket. Lovely!

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    1. Hi Caroline, your lovely lovely jacket is one of the features at this weeks Handmade Monday :-)

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  6. Awesome Sauce! I think the collar is impeccable. I noticed because I put a collar on a jacket today and it was OK but it too ages to ease it in because it rolls over - there were pins and more pins. It is such a good feeling to use up fabric which has been around for so long. I bet it feels like a free jacket! Jo xx

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    1. Thanks Jo! Yes, it does feel like a free jacket!

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