By Hand London Victoria blazer review and giveaway

Firstly – this is a great pattern.

Secondly – I haven’t totally done it justice here.

victoria blazer 7

I was one of the original pattern testers, but I’ve held off from posting my version for a few reasons. I’ll share them with you now so you can learn from my mistakes.

– Don’t use a thick denim-weight fabric for this pattern. It’s a casual blazer, it needs drape, and those sleeves will be impossible to ease in if your fabric is too heavy.

– Don’t pre-wash your fabric and lining together if one is pale blue and the other is burnt orange (you probably already know this).

– Don’t buy fabric from Ultimate Craft in Stoke Newington. It always ends in tears.

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I’m happy with the finished result even though the fabric is a bit heavy. The strange mottling that occurred in the first run through the washing machine has almost gone, so it has more of a pleasing faded look.

jacket back

The pattern itself is brilliant. It’s very quick to sew, and the By Hand London girls have put together really comprehensive instructions. I’ve never made a jacket before so I was a bit intimidated, but it’s easy-peasy. I finished it in two evenings!

The way the neck dart turns into the collar is particularly fun to put together, and the lining neatly finishes all your seams. The side seam pockets come together beautifully, but next time I want to add patch pockets to the front, which would make it even quicker.

blazer close up

I know a few people wanted to see a line drawing of this pattern, so here’s the back of the (beautifully packaged) envelope. You can see they recommend ‘light to medium weight’ fabrics, so don’t be like me, do what they tell you. I am dying to see a version of this in a chambray.

victoria blazer line drawing

I’m actually planning another Victoria in my Tesco-duvet-space-galaxy fabric but I think it’ll have to wait until after marriage/honeymoon/wedded bliss etc etc.

But you should check out Marie’s beautiful pastel cropped version here, and Clare’s gorgeous neon palm-tree version here. I saw the latter in person at the By Hand London first birthday celebrations last weekend, and it’s a beaut.

You can buy the pattern from the By Hand London website and it’s perfect timing, as they’re about to start a sew-along.

I’m very proud to support these ladies! Their patterns are ace, they are lovely people, and they know how to throw an EPIC party (they also mix some extremely strong punch).

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Giveaway – own your own Victoria blazer!

I have a copy of this pattern to give away to one lucky person! I worked out that I’ve been blogging for exactly two years now, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate.

victoria blazer pattern front

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below.

To make it interesting, will you tell me about your best or worst matches of fabric and pattern? I’m fascinated by how some fabrics suit a pattern perfectly, and some are an instant failure. If I had this mastered I reckon I’d be a sewing wizard, so I’d love to hear about your successes and disasters!

You can enter the giveaway from anywhere in the world, and you have until 12 noon (UK time) on Tuesday 16th July.

If you want to comment but not enter the giveaway, (perhaps to tell me that I look like Phil Collins in this jacket, or that I should have ironed my skirt before taking these photos), that’s cool too, just mention it in your comment.

p.s. check me out being interviewed in the Guardian today about making my own jeans! Fame at last, courtesy of the lovely Karen.

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67 thoughts on “By Hand London Victoria blazer review and giveaway

  1. JackieNj July 16, 2013 / 11:31 AM

    I love your version, I have seen this being pattern reviewed by several people, i would love a copy. In my early sewing days i used the cheapest fabric available (usually slinky, drapey, poor quality poly) only to have it fall apart after a short while. My time is precious and I now try to use the best quality I can afford. Oh I have also learnt that when I don’t love a certain fabric, I will also no love the resulting garment.

  2. Clare July 14, 2013 / 8:04 PM

    I would love a chance to own this jacket pattern. My worst choise of fabric was as a result of NOT reading the pattern back correctly, and using plain fabric for a knit pattern.

  3. Craft (Alchemy) July 13, 2013 / 2:21 PM

    I’d love to try my hand at the Victoria. I definitely do not already have too many jackets. No sir.

    I recently picked up what I think was once a chair cover in some sort of crinkly gold fabric, and had a go at turning it into a shirt, just on spec. It didn’t work. In retrospect, I’m not sure that fabric would have worked with anything.

  4. Anne in Japan July 13, 2013 / 7:39 AM

    PS Congratulations on your marriage! Wishing you a long and happy one.

  5. Anne in Japan July 13, 2013 / 7:34 AM

    I’ve just returned to sewing my own clothes after 28 years! Can you imagine? Back in my 20s it was definitely a poverty-driven thing, this time round it’s more about fun and rediscovering my inner (long-lost) fashion diva! Sewing Bee inspired me to buy a new machine – I am living in Japan at the moment and my old one is in storage – and get cracking. I am loving all the fabulous sewing blogs out there (yours included, of course!) and am becoming more than a little obsessed with fabric and patterns. I’ve found some great Japanese pattern books (luckily I am not too large…) and there are some fab materials about. The only problem is, sometimes it is hard to figure out what is what and I’m sure my last purchase was really intended as a curtain material! However, undaunted I made it up into a summery drop-waisted dress with a gathered skirt. It is actually a little bit heavy for the current 35C temperatures I am melting in now – but I think it will be perfect for when I get back to the UK. And one good thing about curtain fabric – it drapes beautifully!! Next up is a linen casual jacket. I am using a really simple unlined Japanese pattern based on kimono-style jackets but would love to try the lined Victoria sometime soon!! Happy sewing everyone. It’s great to know there is such a lovely community of sewers out there.

  6. mrszandstra July 13, 2013 / 6:37 AM

    I would love to enter the giveaway – this is such a gorgeous pattern!

    Ages ago I wanted to make some cut off trousers but as I was a student I was too cheap to buy decent fabric and ended up doing them with poly cotton – they were really see through in the end but I wore them anyway!

  7. Sandesh July 11, 2013 / 5:49 PM

    Hi,
    I have been coveting this pattern for a while so needless to say I would Love to win it!

    My worst fabric/patttern match was when I first started sewing I had no idea of different kind fabrics, I made my daughter a dress from some lovely thick curtain/upholstery fabric, lets just say i had a hard time with the seams and it didn’t have a lot (any) drape!!! Luckily she didn’t seem to mind

  8. lloubb July 10, 2013 / 9:42 PM

    I would love to enter this giveaway, thanks for hosting it!
    bad fabric to pattern matching can be just as bad as bad fit, no?
    My biggest mismatches so far have been from using fabrics with not enough stretch when the make would have benefitted from some. for example, I tried to skinnify a pair of thurlows by basing the measurement off rtw jeans that have a tiny bit of stretch. even though it’s only a tiny bit the thurlows are too small around the knees for sitting down, derp.

  9. Mitali July 9, 2013 / 10:04 PM

    I absolutely love your style. That blazer looks amazing on you. It looks very trendy, something you could throw on anytime to go anywhere. I love uncomplicated clothes, so this ones a definite for me.

    • yesilikethat July 10, 2013 / 7:07 PM

      Thanks Mitali! It’s a great pattern, By Hand London are really good at styles that look totally current.

  10. sewmanju July 7, 2013 / 7:26 PM

    Hi I would totally love to win this pattern! I think your version seems to suit you, despite your problems. My worst match of fabric and pattern is probably some lovely red jersey wool that I almost sewed into a vogue DKNY pattern…but firstly I sewed the bias facing on the neck wrong and then the jersey was just too heavy….it just stretched and bagged out. I still have the dress on my shelf as I can’t bear to throw the fabric out!

  11. Sadie July 7, 2013 / 10:23 AM

    I love this blazer on you! Very 80s, very cool 🙂 I’d like to win a copy!!

    My worst match of fabric/pattern – some IKEA cotton which had an awesome pattern but was far too thick and not drapey enough to make a successful version of a Burda big bow blouse. That bow didn’t even make it to getting attached to the rest of the blouse!
    Best match – I am yet to master this I think. Although I love both my liberty cotton lawn Sorbetto and baby cord Beignet!

  12. Kieran July 7, 2013 / 10:11 AM

    Your blazer looks great! My best match is still my first one, I think; navy corduroy with Megan Nielson’s Darling Ranges Dress = Best winter dress ever. Worst ever match would be one of my many men’s shirt to top refashioning fails…

  13. Vicki Kate July 7, 2013 / 8:33 AM

    It still works even if it isn’t just how you wanted it. I recently made a top with a fabric that’s too thick. The drape is right but the fabric is just too bulky for V1247. Still going to wear it though!
    Fingers crossed for the give away…

  14. Serena July 6, 2013 / 3:14 AM

    It looks great on you, no matter if the fabric wasn’t quite suited to the pattern. Thank you for the picture of the line drawing. That helps so much.
    I had a nice match of fabric to pattern with a batik I made into a very full-sleeved jacket. I thought they would be rather balloon-like, but they actually turned out with just the right amount of body.

  15. Lorna July 5, 2013 / 9:23 PM

    Oh yes I’ve seen this blazer pop up recently on a few blogs and I’d love to try it – by all understanding its not super super complicated so hopefully i can lend my novice hand to it.

    Worst fabric/pattern match up was probably one of my first projects. I had very little knowledge (as i still do but probably not as dim as i was at the start) and i chose a very heavy ikea home dec weight cotton which i loved to try and make the wiksten tank – needless to say it feels like i’m wearing a cardboard vest but i do love the print!

  16. Donnyb54 July 5, 2013 / 1:52 AM

    Thanks for the opportunity to be in the draw for this pattern. I’d love this pattern to make one (or more) jackets for work at a minimum. Just getting back into sewing after many years away so not real fabric/pattern dilemma so far (but I don’t want to jinx myself!)

  17. Beata July 4, 2013 / 10:16 PM

    Congrats on the anniversary! I think I’m an inexperienced enough sewer to not have had any major disasters in terms of fabric choice…. I’m sure plenty of them lie ahead for me in the future, and I hope I can take them all as a learning experience!

  18. prttynpnk July 4, 2013 / 11:20 AM

    I totally feel your pain. We have a fabric warehouse sale every month near me and I get sucked in to buying ‘lightweaight’ upholstry material thinking, oh this will make a great jacket,dress, whatever. I have many a heavy dress that makes me look like a tapestry divan!

  19. Lunie Blue July 4, 2013 / 7:46 AM

    This would be like a wearable muslin then. And now you know how to make it. I like the line drawings of the pattern too. The drama I had was choosing a super cheap-o fabric and making something that requires a much better fabric. In the very early 90s, I made a button down blouse with top-stitching from some muslin-like black cotton that completely lost color and sheen after the first wash. The blouse looked like a rag. It was discouraging but a lesson.

  20. Melizza July 3, 2013 / 11:24 PM

    Count me in. I’ve been eyeing this pattern for ages now.

    I made a Ginger skirt using some very firm denim. The skirt doesn’t move much. It’s stiff and makes me feel like a trumpet. It’s retired now 🙂

  21. aliza patell ratnayaka July 3, 2013 / 8:41 PM

    would love to win! thanks for the comprehensive write up. Worst matched fabric/ pattern was viscose which i self lined on a dress that shimmied up and down my throat plate, causing me to consign it with the dreaded UFO label. 🙂

  22. Chris July 3, 2013 / 8:20 PM

    Oooo, I would love to win this pattern – I could even pick it up in person as I will be in London late July.
    Looking at your Burda shorts from the previous post I think making these same shorts from a quite stiff coloured denim might have been my worst fabric choice! Yours look so much nicer than mine – I think I have to go back to my sewing machine to make a second pair of a drapier fabric. Hmmm, let me just check my stash 😉

  23. Siri July 3, 2013 / 7:55 PM

    I just got her via your interview over at Karen’s Guardian blog and would love to be entered for the pattern giveaway. I’ve been meaning to make a blazer/jacket for ages now, but have been a bit intimidated by the whole process.

    I’ve finally made myself come to terms with the fact that quilting fabrics rarely work for garments – at least not when the pattern calls for a fabric with lots of drape! – I’ve known this for ages but have been distracted by a pretty pattern on more than one occasion. Oh well!

  24. Molly July 3, 2013 / 2:16 PM

    The collar on that jacket is really cool!
    I think I’ve made tons of clothing with the wrong fabric in my time (but I’ve been sewing none stop since I was little), but the most memorable was a plaid vogue dress that I didn’t realize til years later was meant to be made in a stable knit (I used a heavy woven). It was really uncomfortable and I had no idea why for the longest time, I thought it was just a bad pattern! (in my defense the pattern called for a zipper which use to automatically mean woven to me, wrong!)

  25. Tatiana July 3, 2013 / 1:51 PM

    I just realized that I posted twice, sorry, I don’t know how to remove one of my comments…

    • yesilikethat July 4, 2013 / 11:17 AM

      No problem Tatiana, I’ve deleted the duplicate one 🙂

  26. Tatiana July 3, 2013 / 1:44 PM

    I would love to wint this pattern, I have this black ponte knit that I think will be the perfect match for it… The worst match of fabric/pattern for me was when I made the Ginger skirt from Colette using this very heavy canvas, and also the color was this ugly grey… It was suppose to be a wearable muslin, but it turned out so stiff and the color is so hideous that I never even finished the skirt… A huge failure!

    tatimaio@yahoo.com.br

  27. Marie F. July 3, 2013 / 12:47 PM

    I am still quite new at sewing, and so far I have play quite safe with my fabric choice. But I just recently finished a Lonsdale dress using Anna Maria Horner – Field Study Voile in Pomegranate and it’s just really nice! My best piece so far 🙂

  28. thesecretlifeofseams July 3, 2013 / 12:13 PM

    I just bought this pattern so don’t enter me! Congrats on your blogversary and the Guardian interview. I too was thinking of adding patch pockets to the Victoria, seam pockets on jackets feel a bit weird to me. Worst fabric and pattern…some super-limp linen in a skirt with box pleats. Hideous outcome.

  29. ZoSews July 3, 2013 / 9:05 AM

    Don’t worry about entering me in giveaway – happy blogday btw! – but I am so jealous, I have the pattern and the fabric, now just need time to mix it all together!

  30. Jana July 3, 2013 / 9:01 AM

    Oh dear, my worst match of fabric and pattern was a self-drafted mini skirt I made out of what I thought was lovely red plaid fabric. It’s 100% cotton and feels really nice, but the skirt is somewhat tight and I managed to rip the (low-quality, obviously) fabric the first time I even put it on! It has since been waiting for me to get around to mending it. Sigh.
    Thanks for the chance to win! I’ve been wanting to try out one of the By Hand London patterns!

  31. Kat H July 3, 2013 / 8:55 AM

    I’d love to be in the draw for this pattern, please! I’ve been enjoying seeing all the variations appear around the internet, and would love to try making the cropped version. 🙂

    Oh dear, fabric/pattern mis-matches. I sadly have quite a few of these to my name…. I think one of the worst was using a very heavy weight green cotton drill to make a dress. That thing could have stood up by itself, it was so stiff! Waste of good fabric and many hours of sewing time. Followed by many hours of alterations time as I attempted to make it work before giving up. *sigh* I have a terrible habit of not paying any attention to the recommended fabrics section of patterns…. :-/

  32. Cirque Du Bebe July 3, 2013 / 8:21 AM

    Hey it’s really cute! I really love how you’ve styled it too. Definitely want to get my hands on this pattern! x Sophie

  33. Clipped Curves July 3, 2013 / 7:47 AM

    I’m so tempted by this jacket so a giveaway would be a guilt-free way of making it!

    I think my best pattern/fabric match was the Deer and Doe Sureau dress with some gorgeous dusky blue with trios of dots in mustard and grey… I found it at Tessuti (on holiday in Melbourne!). My worst? Well I acquired someone else’s lifetime stash so I’ve been using the suspect polyester (70s style) hideous patterns to make toiles/muslins. I blogged Simplicity 2360 toile because I needed some advice from more experienced sewers… lets just say I hope visitors to my blog read the text saying it was a toile or what they thought was my taste in fabric might have put them off ever reading my blog ever again!

  34. Amy July 3, 2013 / 7:31 AM

    The pattern looks great as does your jacket. My worst fabric choice was a dark green with autumn leaves all over it that I made into a gathered skirt, it looked like I was wearing my granny’s curtains . . .not a good look!

  35. suzy July 3, 2013 / 5:12 AM

    That pattern looks lovely! And congratulations on the Guardian jeans sewing fame.
    My worst pattern-fabric mix was a full skirt with pockets I made in Liberty lawn which (a) used a lot of fabric and so was very expensive, (b) was see-through in strong light because I was too lazy to line it and (c) made me look short and dumpy because cheerful patterns and voluminous folds are not kind to the bottom half of a pear shaped figure. It has since been refashioned into a small child’s dress.

  36. soisewedthis July 3, 2013 / 4:22 AM

    Love your jacket, but don’t enter me! I have so many patterns in my to-do pile and all I want to make right now is sleeveless dresses because its so hot here. I really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments about their fabric choice fails!! I’m still struggling with that. One of my first tops was out of a medium weight quilting cotton, so stiff, zero drape, big fat fail. And even recently I ordered knit fabric and thought it would be a soft knit, but I didn’t realize til I received the package that it was not a cotton knit, it was some slinky poly spandex or Lycra knit blend. But I kept it and used it anyway because it was so cheap. I guess you get what you pay for. And I need to pay more attention to reading the descriptions when ordering online, oops.

  37. Liz July 3, 2013 / 12:21 AM

    Very funny – especiallu the pre-washing!

    I love this pattern… And I too have ,add the heavy weight fabric mistake – o
    It was a tunic top, and instead of floating gently around, the stiff fabric and empire-waist gathers made me look like an expectant mother… Nine months after I had given birth.

    Needless to say, I always follow fabric suggestions now.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win and congratulations on two years of blogging – I’ve really enjoyed reading your take on different patterns and fabrics, and your visits to the V&A exhibitions!

    • Liz July 3, 2013 / 12:23 AM

      Oops – sorry about the spelling mistakes. It should read: “especially” and that “I too have made the heavy weight fabric mistake…”. Too excited about the giveaway to spell check!

  38. sewamysew July 2, 2013 / 11:44 PM

    Rad giveaway!!! I used sheer cotton swiss dot on a yoked peasant top. Bad idea, the interfacing was too stiff and it showed the yoke seams terribly. Live and learn!

    In these shots the fabric doesn’t look too stiff, it just looks like a chambray. This is the most casual version I’ve seen and I really like it. 🙂

  39. Marie July 2, 2013 / 10:56 PM

    Please don’t enter me in the giveaway, but I wanted to say how cool your blazer is…I definitely want to try out the full-length version soon too! Thanks for the mention and huge congrats on your Guardian interview with Karen…hats off to you for making such excellent jeans!

  40. Mary M July 2, 2013 / 9:03 PM

    I’ve been wanting to make up a nice blazer. This one looks awesome.

    I’ve given up on one too many projects that were made from slippery or poly fabrics. Unless I am seriously in LOVE with the fabric, I get about half way through a project before I get so frustrated I quit. Sewing should be fun and quality fabric is important.

  41. Helen July 2, 2013 / 8:51 PM

    I’d love to win this. Thank you for the opportunity!

    I’ve had a couple of disasters. The one that most stands out was a tunic dress (Simplicity 3835) that I decided to make in a stretch cotton in a floral print. In theory it sounds OK, but it just didn’t work. The fabric was too stiff for the style and it just looked ridiculous.

    My Charlotte skirt is also a disaster due to the most frayable wool fabric I’ve ever encountered. I don’t dare wear it because I think it will never survive a wash without disintegrating!

    Well done for your interview. That’s so cool!

  42. Fiona July 2, 2013 / 8:51 PM

    It looks great! I love the fabric choice!
    I’m am dying to try out this pattern but have been on a bit of a pattern and fabric buying diet so I’m definitely in for the giveaway!

  43. Donna July 2, 2013 / 8:46 PM

    Cool interview!!

  44. craftylittlebugger July 2, 2013 / 8:39 PM

    Oooh I’d love to win this pattern. I’ve been weighing up buying it, but a win would be so much sweeter.

    Matching fabric to pattern is quite a sore point with me as it can go so wrong. The worst was a dress I made back in my teens. It was a 60s shift and for authenticity I used some old flower power curtains in the attic. They were made of fibreglass it turns out, my mum didn’t bother to tell me at the time. It was itchy and kept flaking throughout the night. As you may have gathered, I wasn’t one of the cool kids at school.

  45. Maryall July 2, 2013 / 8:08 PM

    I’d love to have this pattern! Your blazer looks great! My worst experience of matching was with a shoulder bag. I completely ignored the instructions and decided to make it in a lightweight stretch denim – big mistake! At some points, the whole thing was so thick that I had to hand-sew them. Although in my favour speaks my inexperience – I’ve only been sewing for a couple of years, and I’m a self-taught sewist! Since that experiment, I always read twice the fabric recommendations, although I was fooled once more a few months ago, while sewing a wallet in an upholstery cotton…

  46. whatkatiedoes (@whatkatiedoes) July 2, 2013 / 8:01 PM

    Yes please! I really fancy a go at this for my first jacket attempt too.

    Aw, shame you don’t love your fabric choice but the jersey from Ultimate Craft is pretty nice! I’ve made a couple of jersey tees from their £5 a metre stuff.

    • yesilikethat July 2, 2013 / 8:11 PM

      You’re right, I should have mentioned the jerseys as an exception. I have a nice stripey black and white top made with a cotton knit from there. Also it’s okay for lining and basic cotton. I just have found some of the heavier stuff to be of dubious quality…

    • whatkatiedoes (@whatkatiedoes) July 3, 2013 / 11:08 AM

      Good to know, I shall avoid. All their voile-weight prints are freakin’ hideous too unfortunately.

    • yesilikethat July 4, 2013 / 11:19 AM

      Ha ha I know, so ugly. Also, I really wish they sold invisible zips. And didn’t follow you round the shop suspiciously even though you go in basically almost every weekend (or maybe that’s just me).

  47. rosemaryforest July 2, 2013 / 7:24 PM

    Woo hoo – I love the look. I think my worst fabric matching was getting overly excited about a lush purple wool/silk blend that I wanted to make into vogue options V8667 (before I saw the light and found designers other than the big 4). The fabric was on the heavier side and just unravelled quicker than I could bat my eyelashes. It remains half sewn at the bottom of my rag basket – waiting to be turned into a bag I think.

  48. Thea July 2, 2013 / 7:13 PM

    This is lovely! It looks like the perfect weaning-off-cardies-jacket… I would love to give it a try 🙂 So, my biggest fabric-pattern disaster: I tried to make a Burda top of a supposedly drapey knit – this one: http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/mohair-shirt-112012. The problem was, I picked the wrong knit. It had no drape, really, and when I put the top on, with the shoulders sticking out and holding their shape *really well*, I looked like an American footballer in sugar-candy pink. D’oh.

  49. annekecaramin July 2, 2013 / 6:37 PM

    I’m very curious about this blazer, it looks like a great casual thing, but a bit neater than my usual denim jackets…

    I once used a lovely border print to make a maxi dress and managed to make it extremely frumpy. I’ve also made some wide-legged trousers out of a fabric that was way too stiff so they looked ridiculous!

    Awesome to see that you got the galaxy sheets as well, I just made a dress out of them (and blogged about it)

  50. gingermakes July 2, 2013 / 6:10 PM

    This looks fabulous– I never would’ve guessed that you weren’t 100% pleased with the results! Don’t enter me in the giveaway– I’ve already got the pattern and am about to start up with it! Question: did you cut the size based on your measurements? Yours has the amount of ease that I’m looking for, but the finished measurements of my size have me wondering if I should size down…

    • yesilikethat July 2, 2013 / 8:13 PM

      They actually sent me the sample size pattern which was a 10 so I sewed that up. I’d normally sew a 12 but the sample 10 fits perfectly, so maybe think about going down a size… I see that Marie made a 12 but is thinking about making a 10 next round time.

    • gingermakes July 2, 2013 / 8:30 PM

      Awesome, thanks! I think I will go for the 10 then.

  51. joellestlaurent July 2, 2013 / 6:00 PM

    I would love to try that pattern! I love all the versions I’m seeing around and I want mine too! I recently tried to do princess seams with chiffon. Don’t ask what I was thinking! Well at least I learned that I can handle chiffon, but that I should minimize the amount of seams…

  52. Irene July 2, 2013 / 6:00 PM

    AMG WANT! Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway 😀 I’ve had some real bad clunkers but it’s hard to pick the worst. Much easier to pick the best, which was a Vogue 8766 (http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8766-products-15146.php?page_id=855) sleeveless with flared skirt, made with Nani Iro Little Letter in beige (http://online.naniiro.jp/?pid=39346887). The vintagey all-over floral print worked really well with the simple retro silhouette of the pattern.

  53. Lynn July 2, 2013 / 5:58 PM

    When I first saw this pattern I thought it wasn’t for me,but I’ve had a change of heart, and I’d love to win this- it is about time I wore something a bit smarter than a fleece or sweatshirt!!!
    Looks nice and simple to make! Worst match was a heavyweight cream/white fabric that I bought to make a sixties style dress for my daughter only to discover that it was rather see through!I hadn’t intended to line it but it was a must!!

  54. redsilvia July 2, 2013 / 5:47 PM

    I once made a lovely Vogue knit dress and it looked great. Then I washed it…apparently this was one piece of fabric I didn’t prewash before stashing…Argh!

    I like the blazer, but I’d guess it would drape more with a lighter fabric. That just gives you something to look forward to making…

  55. crab&bee July 2, 2013 / 5:37 PM

    Ooh I’d love to win this pattern! Thanks for offering such a fun giveaway. Even with your fabric drama, your version looks great. My worst fabric/pattern match is actually similar to yours, I used a thick stretch twill for a dress that had tons of gathers at the waist AND the bust. To make matters worse, I self-lined it. I think the waistband is 3/8″ thick!

  56. ParisGrrl July 2, 2013 / 5:12 PM

    That’s a cool pattern. My best matches of pattern and fabric? Well, the easiest was the ballgown wearable muslin in $1/yard test fabric that turned out so well I ended up wearing it. The hardest was recently, when I cut and tested 3 different patterns before I dared to cut in to some pre-quilted fabric–turned out terrific, but boy was that a ton of work!

  57. melanie July 2, 2013 / 5:10 PM

    I’d love to win this pattern, I’ve been wanting to sew something like this for ages. Thank you for showing the line drawing as well, and congratulations on the upcoming wedding!!! 🙂

    Worst match of fabric/pattern… Well, when I first started sewing I bought chiffon to make Megan Nielsen darling ranges lol … I couldn’t even cut the fabric because it kept sliding and moving … So I didn”t end up making the dress …
    I don’t know why I keep buying chiffon, and so far not even one project with chiffon ended up beautifully (or even finished) …

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