Victoria in Stripes

Ponte Striped Victoria Blazer by Pincushion Treats

Can you believe it? I finished another garment. Never mind that I’ve had this beauty on my sewing table for a banana amount of months. No matter. It is done. It is pretty. And I’ve gained a new respect for the whole sew-when-you-have-time method. For a while there I was feeling really sad that I wasn’t able to devote hours at a time sewing. Once I let go of that I realized how much relaxing a few minutes here and there can be. So yeah…the more you know πŸ™‚

I was inspired to make a blazer similar toΒ this one, except made by GAP. I bought a cute navy and white stripey ponte knit from an online vendor. Sadly, I didn’t realize I was buying by half a yard and not a yard (don’t you hate when that happens! A big bugbear of mine. Silly, Mela) and didn’t have enough. So enter the lovely Victoria blazer. I wasn’t sure the boxy silhouette would suit me but I figured, what the heck, let’s find out!

Ponte Striped Victoria Blazer by Pincushion Treats

Being pressed for time these days, I decided not to do a lining. I finished the collar and lapel edges in green bias binding and simply folded the hem under and stitched. Ta-da! Easy breezy.Β 

Ponte Striped Victoria Blazer by Pincushion Treats

Based on the finished shoulder measurement, I traced size 14/18. I still found the blazer a bit too wide and will have to take in the pattern by an inch or so at the shoulders. For the sleeve I added 1 inch using the slash and spread method, and 1 inch to each side, so 3 inches in total. To the back and front pattern pieces I added 1 inch to the armscye width.Β I also interfaced the collar, lapels and cuffs. For a cleaner look I tacked down the lapels.

Ponte Striped Victoria Blazer by Pincushion Treats

Forgive my weary eyes in the side profile photo above. With the days getting darker earlier the best time I can get photos taken are before G leaves for work so that meant rushing to get dressed and forgoing my morning brew.

Ponte Striped Victoria Blazer by Pincushion Treats

I’ve only matched stripes twice before, one by luck and the other was a basic skirt. Nothing to brag about. This time I took my time laying out the fabric and pattern pieces and cutting them out in one single layer. It helped. I think the only place the stripes failed to completely match were at where there’s some excess sleeve ease business going on. So I’d like to think I did an okey dokey job there. But I will save my bragging rights for the day I match plaid. Yes, ma’am.

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With the year quickly coming to an end (I know, I’m totally a bit ahead of myself) I’d like to say that this jacket is fulfilling my Sewlution! Sure it’s not the lined, fitted glory of a blazer I had in my head when I made the sewlution, but it is a blazer. And let’s be frank, I can’t be certain I can make a fitted lined jacket before the new year. So yeah. I’m calling it: Sewlution accomplished!

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60 thoughts on “Victoria in Stripes

    • It’s totally annoying. Especially when the fabric is a knit and not a quilting cotton. Oh well. I guess it teachers me not to rush an order and to read before pressing the buy button.

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  1. I absolutely love this! The way you have the stripes going in different directions on the cuffs and collar really makes the jacket. And it’s awesome that it’s unlined – you may think it’s a cheat, but to me, using bindings is a scary thing I have yet to do!

    You look fantastic in this jacket, even if you didn’t have your coffee yet!

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    • Thank you Gail! The binding worked so I’m happy. I so didn’t want to cut out a lining. But the next one will be lined. I look forward to seeing how it affects the fit and look. I imagine it will hang differently.

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  2. Mela, this little blazer is brilliant! Love the fact that you used ponte and also the nice touch with the direction of the stripes at cuff and collar. The green bias binding is such a nice detail and the tip to tuck down the lapels is something I’m making a note of for when I get around to making this (I still have not figured out how to sew in bits and pieces so I don’t get to sewing anything in the end – grrr!). You look chic and super cute, not at all like the disheveled mess I am when I haven’t had my morning coffee πŸ˜‰

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    • I learned the tacked down tip from Dixie DIY. A lot of people’s complaint about the jacket seemed to be that the lapels were floppy so hence the tacking. Worked like a charm.

      Sewing in bits took some getting used to but I found it nice to walk away from an unfinished project. I returned refreshed and excited to get back to it. I thought I would hate it.

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  3. What a great blazer! I thought that the Victoria Blazer was totally not my thing, but I really, really like yours! Might have to rethink my prior judgment of this pattern. And you look awesome, coffee or no πŸ™‚

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  4. This is my favorite Victoria I’ve seen-so chic! Love, love, love it and it looks fabulous on you!! Even though it’s striped, I can see this really being a basics kinda clothing item.

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  5. I really love this make, Mela! I have wanted to make a doubleknit blazer for a couple of years, and seeing this striped one? Aaah, I die. Stripes rule. πŸ™‚ I saw a striped trench coat in a Patrones mag last week that made me salivate. Something in this vein is going to have to happen for me soon. (HA, I say that like it’s entirely out of my control… :D)

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  6. Wow, this looks great on you and I loved the way you styled it color-wise with the pink top! I had my reservations about this pattern because of the boxy shape you describe, but after seeing it on you, I may just have to order it!

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  7. Fab jacket! Yeah only do bit by bit and you will feel so productive. I just say right I will so those two side seams then go about my business. Another day I will say I will just insert the zip etc etc. At least the project is moving along. You will always find time to do something little like ok, I will just pin those sides together.

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