Angela Merkel’s Letters to Santa on the Hairpin is sweet and funny.
Lately I’ve been thinking that my mostly denim wardrobe is in need of a good blazer. It would add a touch of sharpness, and would add some variety to my very limited outerwear options. (The down parka that I lived in during the long Yukon winters doesn’t get much use down here in the Raincity!)
I had originally been thinking of something very tailored, with shrunken sort of look. But I couldn’t find just the right pattern in my size, and got distracted by the Victoria Blazer, and now I’m going to make something epically slouchy and oversized. I can hear Charles shrieking “Don Johnson it!” and Jake bitching that he didn’t even have time to lotion his forearms, and I am into it.
The Victoria Blazer pattern was released a few years ago, and if you search the internets, it sounds like everybody and their dog sewed up one of these back in 2013. I’m entirely unconcerned with being behind the trend–it means that there is a lot of information out there already about the strengths and weaknesses of the pattern.
First, the weaknesses. Lucinda of Sew Wrong and Lara of Thornberry do a good job of outlining these, and I think it’s worth giving them both a read before you decide to buy this pattern. I wasn’t deterred by these negative reviews, but I am planning to make some alterations to address the issues with the lining and the lapels that are mentioned.
For some helpful advice with improving my Victoria, I’ll be using the following links:
- Victoria Blazer: tips and tricks (110 Creations)
- Shabby Chic Victoria Blazer (A Stitching Odyssey)
- Striped BHL Victoria Blazer (The Quirky Peach)
- By Hand London Victoria Blazer–The Control Freak Version (Nicole Needles)
- Making Your Sleeves Fit (Curvy Sewing Collective; not Victoria-specific but advice I’ll definitely need to make my Vic work)
And, By Hand London has a long-completed sew-along that I will definitely be referencing.
I picked up my fabric at Dressew yesterday: a goldenrod yellow boucle for the outer shell, and a bird print viscose for the collar, lapels, cuffs, and lining. I have also written out a plan for the alterations I want to incorporate.
This round up of 26 Very Long Books Worth the Time They’ll Take to Read includes my all-time fave, Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon. Calling it a “glorious mess in a career of glorious messes” is a very, very perfect description.
(And yes, I’ve read enough of the books on that list to make me feel just a little smug.)
I read this Kim France piece expecting some good fashion mag gossip, and ended up punched in the gut and on the verge of tears. This one’s going to ripple across my consciousness for a while.