So it turns out that By Hand London make an excellent sewing pattern. I was always interested in their Elisalex dress (such a nice bodice) and particularly the Charlotte pencil skirt, but never dipped my toes into their pool. I’m a big fan of sewing jackets, so was very pleased when I saw Victoria, but hesitated until I saw one made up, namely the one on Yes I Like That. I’m a big fan of pattern illustrations, and seeing the style lines. I often buy vintage patterns purely on the illustration, and the perceived glamourous lifestyle it will bring me. Victoria seemed a bit Miami Vice, a bit young James Spader and I wanted in.
It’s a really good pattern, it’s loose fit is very forgiving and avoids all those pesky pattern alterations you may be used to making. It’s easy to construct, has minimal tailoring fuss and is super quick. And then there is the beautiful packaging that everyone raves over. It’s exquisite and puts all those crap paper envelopes of the big four to shame.
My only beef lies in the lapels. They aren’t interfaced and they aren’t part of the jacket front, so despite a lot of pressing and tacking down, they still flap open at any opportunity. I’ve noticed this with other people’s makes of this pattern, but hoped that I could overcome it. Sadly not. My jacket is made from a self-striped cotton suiting which is very soft and light and perfect for a summer jacket, but only adds to the lapel-flap. I’m sure if I had interfaced the collar and lapels of sewn them in a contrast (heavier) fabric I wouldn’t have this problem so much.
I also lined the jacket, and lined the sleeves too, I didn’t like the idea of not lining the sleeves. The lining is a cotton shirting from a weird little fabric shop in Ealing. There’s also a cheeky little inside pocket for my travelcard and such.
Overall though, an excellent pattern and great for people who find jacket sewing daunting. They will quickly find that it isn’t. I’m now tempted to buy the Anna dress, as so many great versions keep popping up.