Ginger Made: Houndstooth Victoria Blazer!

Victoria Blazer in Houndstooth Wool by Ginger Makes

Guys, I’ve been watching a LOT of TV lately. A LOT.  I feel like a bit of a couch potato, but it’s totally justified since I work in film and television—it counts as homework, right?

JUST SAY YES.

My main obsession lately has been all things BBC- Dr. Who, Torchwood, Luther, and Sherlock, to name a few. All of this led to a sudden, desperate attraction to classic British wool garments—there are only so many times you can see Benedict Cumberbatch swirling around in a fantastic wool coat before you want to wrap yourself in tweed from head to toe!

Victoria Blazer in Houndstooth Wool by Ginger Makes

I picked up this classic wool houndstooth a while ago from Mood Fabrics NYC, but wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. I considered many options—sheath dress, shift dress, jacket, cape—before settling on one of my all-time favorite patterns, the By Hand London Victoria blazer. You can’t go wrong with a houndstooth blazer!

Victoria Blazer in Houndstooth Wool by Ginger Makes

This fabric is really soft and drapey, which worked really well with this pattern. Since it’s meant to be slouchy and casual, nothing is interfaced and there aren’t any facings, which makes this a little quicker to construct than more traditional blazers. It was a breeze to sew and press the fabric, and since the wool is so malleable, setting in the sleeves was a cinch! Let’s not talk about the sleeves I set in the other day in a stiff, unforgiving twill… I’m still traumatized!

Victoria Blazer in Houndstooth Wool by Ginger Makes

The blazer is fully lined in rayon bemberg, also from Mood. I love this soft peachy color. I bought a ton of it a few months back and use it every chance I get! I really like rayon linings since they’re breathable and affordable, so I buy five or six yards of it when I find it in a color I like so I can get a few projects out of it.  I used a scrap of cotton/silk (leftover from this dress waaaaaay back in 2011) for the pockets as it was a perfect match.

Victoria Blazer in Houndstooth Wool by Ginger Makes

Don’t worry, guys, my fun with Brit-inspired wools isn’t over yet! Right before I cut into this fabric, I decided I would give the blazer to my sister. She’s headed off to grad school in the fall, and this just screams “Academic Chic” to me! I hope she’ll feel too cool for school when she’s wearing it! But before you get the impression that I’m a sewing saint, know that I’ve been hoarding a nice length of tweed for myself, so I’ll have a fun blazer of my own in no time!

Victoria Blazer in Houndstooth Wool by Ginger Makes

Do you ever draw sewing inspiration from television? Which shows inspire you most?  Is it weird that almost every episode of Dr. Who makes me weep like a child?  Go on, spill the beans!

Victoria Blazer in Houndstooth Wool by Ginger Makes

120 responses

  1. Your sister is one lucky girl. I purchased this pattern a couple of weeks ago, add it to my list of things to make. Yes, I have been a couch potato, too, I love watching the Olympics. The pure joy on the faces of the athletes and their families, it just gets me every time.

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    • I don’t know when I became such a softie, but I can’t stop crying when I’m watching the Olympics- I cry when people win AND when they lose! It’s just so overwhelming to see people who’ve worked so hard to perfect their skills. 🙂

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  2. Ok. Seriously. This is PERFECT! If you take a look on my blog, I (almost/often) sew, getting inspired by some TV shows like Doctor Who, New Girl, PLL, … It’s just amazing to see others do the same. And gosh, I’m in love with this outfit!

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  3. You made this glorious blazer…for your sister? I don’t care what you say, but you ARE a sewing saint and you must love that sister of yours a lot!!! It’s such a cool blazer and one that I would totally love to own…good work lady! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for yourself with the other bit of tweed! In terms of TV, it’s a cliche, but shows like Mad Men (or of that era) inspire what I want to sew…even if I don’t always get around to the sewing part ;o)

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  4. lol clearly you missed my lacey ode to anime this summer – but i LOVE to watch TV and feel inspired by what i see there – and sherlock is always a great choice!!! i love to channel what i see into something that informs my life and my style. it’s almost like stealth cosplay…only i can wear it in the real world.

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  5. Oooh, love the blazer! I’ve been wanting to make myself a cute little number like that – great fabric choice!

    And I totally use TV as inspiration – I’m definitely a junkie :P. I love the outfits the two main female leads in “Apartment 23” wear – they really help flesh out the personality of both characters. I confess to watching that show several times just for the outfits…and attempting to recreate them! New Girl is another show I watch for fashion purposes, along with the rest of the world :P. I also LOVE all those BBC shows, too, though – Sherlock is probably the best thing to happen to television, ever, the end,

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  6. Lady, you are so freaking cool, there are no words!

    I may have to just man up and buy this pattern, because your versions are killing me. Next month though… I’m currently in house moving purgatory, so there is no sewing going on at all. Ugh.

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  7. Gorgeous jacket. You are far too generous!! I haven’t watched any of the modern day Dr Who’s so it only evokes fond memories of Tom Baker, complete with long stripey scarf, and hilariously un-scary daleks (although I was scared of the daleks as a child).

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  8. Dude you’ve just convinced me to buy this pattern. I have not really made anything which was inspired by a show but I have shows like suits and scandal that make me drool over the wardrobe selection.

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  9. The blazer looks great and I can see it is lovely fabric from the way it drapes and hangs. Your sister is lucky. TV inspiration? Last summer the BBC did a new adaptation of The Lady Vanishes with some great 1930s summer outfits in it. (especially some orange shorts, strange as it may sound! Plus the female lead was an actress called Tuppence….what a great name? xx

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  10. I LOVE this longer version of the Victoria Blazer. Haven’t considered the pattern until now. You make it look good, girl! Your sister should get a lot of great wear out of it.
    Ramona

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  11. DW has convinced me to put bow ties on all little boys that cross my path. And I’m right there with you on wool=British haha! One of my goals this year is to sew a Clara Oswald-inspired collar. =D Love this blazer, I can’t believe you’re parting with it, ha!

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  12. That is awesome! Can you believe, it never even occurred to me to make this pattern in wool?!?! But it’s such a great match!

    Lately I watched Endeavour, which is the prequel of Morse, which is the prequel of Lewis. I’ve watched them all, but I was really inspired by the costuming in Endeavour, since it takes place in 1960s Oxford.

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  13. What a nice sister, to give away your jacket! It looks really cute on you, particularly with the jeans and boots. I wish we could get rayon bemberg in the UK, I’ve not been able to find it as yet. I’m not a Dr Who fan, but I LOVE Sherlock and I can totally understand your need for tweed 🙂

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  14. I watch too much tv also, but I admit I get inspired more by movies and music videos then series (i’m an MTV kid for sure!). I don’t sew from series, but I admire the costumes a lot.

    I LOVED Twin Peaks for it’s general weirdness and complexity, and it showcased amazing looks too. Who can forget Audrey Horn’s sensual yet subdued outfits or Cooper’s always spotless dark suits? Another show that blew me away was Carnivàle. The intrigue, the actors and the set were awesome, but the clothes were perfection! It’s set in the Great Depression and is shock-full of period clothing and circus outfits! I’m surprised nobody has mentionned the quirky costumes of Pushing Daisies. It’s a bit retro-feminine for my personal style, but I still admire the clothes anyways.

    Ooh, and special props to Simon Baker’s three piece suits in The Mentalist. Dapper duds have come back with a vengeance!!

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  15. Oh love this idea! Tweed + Victoria- of course that works! I may steal your idea one day :0)
    I’ve been loving the Beeb’s series a of Father Brown- great 50′s clothes & one episode with the BEST wedding gown. Tres chic. Oh and the Beeb is also doing the Three Musketeers atm if you enjoy having your buckles swashed. Excellent amounts of swords and leather and courtly ladies in outrageously hooped dresses!

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    • Why, thankee, yankee! I’ve never watched True Blood (I have a weird, over-the-top aversion to anyone/anything touching my neck, so vampire stuff makes me flip the F out), but I’ve heard that Anna Paquin’s outfits are to die for!

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  16. Great choice of fabric. It never occurred to me to make the Victoria in wool but your jacket has convinced me. What a lovely jacket, I’m sure your sister is going to be thrilled with it. I’m a massive Sherlock fan too.

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  17. great blazer! love that fabric with the slouchy look. and for your sister even? how nice of you! i haven’t intentionally taken inspiration from tv, but last winter i made a coat which was eerily similar to sherlock’s… dark grey wool, large collar, contrast buttonholes… love it!

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  18. Cute! Your sister is going to love it–it definitely has that British look to it. And I like the styling with the tie! I’ve definitely pulled inspiration from television shows before, and I do love a good British tv show. Especially Doctor Who.

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  19. Very dapper — that houndstooth looks so cozy! Can’t blame you for being a couch potato. I’ve been the same way this horrible winter. I spent an hour at my sewing machine this evening and it felt so good!!

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  20. OMG – I love Sherlock – so witty! and that coat is to die for!
    I have been watching loads of TV lately in the background as I do so many projects around the place. Totally obsessed with the Olympics right now
    Your sister is so lucky you sew for her – she must be one of the best dressed sisters around!!

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  21. My friend refers to herself as a “Cumberbitch” which I guess I could include myself in. Whatababe. But you? Whatamegababe. Also you seem to be churning out some pretty delicious makes at the moment at a very fast pace! x

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  22. Love it! I can’t decide which is more awesome – the blazer itself or that it was inspired by the BBC. Sherlock is such a great excuse for sewing tweed! Why hasn’t someone done a Sherlock sewalong yet? That’s right up the alley of all us Anglophilic sew-nerds!
    Honestly though, this is gorgeous. Your sister is so lucky to have you! I’m sure she’ll love this piece. It positively screams “I’m a fashionable, intelligent grad student.” I can’t wait to see your own blazer next!

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    • Oh man, a Sherlock-a-long! Too fab! Let’s do it! My sister is really great, so I’m glad I’ve had the time to make her some stuff lately (my other sister can sew, so she gets nothing from me, MWAHAHAHAHA).

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  23. Lovely jacket, your sister will definitely look the part of ‘Academic Chic’. But one thought though: There are only so many times you can see Benedict Cumberbatch swirling around in a fantastic wool coat before you want to wrap yourself in Benedict Cumberbatch swirling around in a fantastic wool coat from head to toe… But maybe that’s just me…

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    • Bwahahahahahahaha! Hilarious! I’m about to get controversial, and I know, like, 98% of the world will disagree with me, but he does nothing for me! Just leaves more of him for everybody else, I suppose! 😉

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  24. WOW! This jacket is so classy! if I were you, I would keep it to myself because I am so selfish With this shirt and boots you look like a real Sherlock chick, it’s so you. To be honest with you, I don’t watch TV because I don’t have it since I am 17. I’ve never seen Dr Who or other series you’ve mentioned. Can you believe?

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    • Haha, we’re opposites- I grew up without a TV and rarely, if ever, went to the movies (parents thought it was a waste of time, which, well, it is). Then I studied cinema-television in undergrad and started watching TV for the first time at age 20 or so! 🙂 I bet you get lots done when you’re not watching TV. 🙂

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  25. That is such a great little casual tweed blazer! This is a great, kind of a-typical casual look for such a classic fabric. I love it! And you’re such a sweetheart to give it to your sister, she owes you big time. 🙂

    And yes, I don’t know what it is about Doctor Who but it always leaves me feeling emotional and drained (but I still loooove it)!

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    • Not to be too hyperbolic, but there’s just something about Dr. Who that really touches on what it means to be human. There’s so much about life and loss and relationships in there- it’s so much more than a sci-fi show! OK, I’ll stop now before I sound like too much of a crazy person! 🙂

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  26. Super (academic) chic! You are a good sister, Sonja, way better than I am. In my defense, my sister is 16 years than me and lives in South America so it is a bit harder to sew for her, or so I tell myself. Can’t wait to see what tweedy goodness you whip up for yourself.

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    • Hahahaha, no, that’s way harder to sew for! My sister is really, really, REALLY not picky about clothes, which makes it nice to sew for her- she likes anything I make and I don’t have to worry about things not being her style (not so with my other sister, who has a really defined style and is super particular about color/fit/etc).

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  27. You’re a great sister!! And what a great jacket, I LOVE the tweed. I had to gave up watching Doctor Who because I found it too stressful!! Plus David Tennent left… 😉

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    • I know what you mean, it really can be stressful (although, talk about stressful, I used to have to leave the room during Breaking Bad episodes because it was too much to bear!). David Tennant is my very favorite, too. I watch lots of re-runs with him in it. 🙂

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  28. No, the Doctor is the best and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Oh the writing and the characters and the hair and the chin! I’ve had a similar obsession with British things lately. BBC is upping their game, America better wake up!
    The blazer is awesome. If that’s a charitable project I can’t wait to see what you make for yourself

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    • I know, right? I watch so much BBC America that it’s crazy! I will say I’m horribly, terribly obsessed with “True Detective” on HBO… hopefully there will be even more awesome American shows coming (and British ones, woohoo!).

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  29. I covet Clara Oswin Oswald’s wardrobe. I think there are quite a few shows I mostly watch for the clothes – like Downtown abbey and the Australian series Miss Phryne Fisher’s murder mysteries (the whole cast is great too!). I love Lizzy Caplan’s wardrobe in Masters of sex (although most people probably watch it for the parts where there is lack of clothing, lol!).

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    • Oh my gosh, Clara has the BEST outfits! So amazing! I love love love the Downton Abbey costumes and Miss Fisher’s, too. Such amazing eye candy! I can’t really wear those shapes, but they’re really fun to look at!

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