Victoria Blazer

This project marks a new sewing milestone for me – ladies and gents, I made a jacket!

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The pattern is the Victoria Blazer from the fabulous ladies at By Hand London. I made the outer shell in a pretty grey linen/cotton blend from Ray Stitch, which I picked up last time I was in London. I had originally planned on pairing it with something pale, but with winter coming on I decided to go bold and dark. I found this gorgeous soft cotton on The Village Haberdashery. It’s called “Waterfront Park – Flight”, and is covered in flying birds, I love it!! In fact I love it so much I couldn’t bear to only have it on the inside so you’ll see it’s on the cuffs, collar and lapels as well.


The pattern came with a gorgeous little “By Hand London & Me” label that I wanted to show off, so I added a little patch pocket on the inside. It’s not really big enough to hold anything much. But then this is a cropped jacket with birds on, the practical/sensible ship sailed around the time I started cutting. And the pocket is adorbs, I think you’ll agree.

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Siobhan xx


Back on the blogging horse (summer roundup)

Uh-oh, August?? Where did MayJuneJuly go?? Between finishing one job, a whistlestop tour around the UK, getting back to Genf, starting a new job, and jumping in the lake a lot because it’s just SO FLIPPIN HOT, crafting sort of fell off the table this summer. Whoops.


see how pretty? can you blame me?

But that’s not to say I haven’t done anything at all in the last 3 months. Here’s a little roundup…

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The Elisalex Dress

One of my goals for this year was to conquer my fear of making clothes and just blimmin’ well have a go. In looking for a good first project, I came across By Hand London, a new pattern label whose brilliant website is chockablock full of tips and tutorials. If you have ever wondered how to insert a side seam pocket, add a waistband or roll a hem then this is the site for you.


The BHL Gals, via By Hand London

By Hand London are currently running a sewalong on one of their patterns – The Elisalex Dress. Essentially the concept is that you buy the pattern and materials and then they take you through the process, one step at a time, so you can sew-along. To me this seemed like just the kind of hand-holding that might make the leap in to clothes-making manageable. Continue reading