Brit-Inspired Houndstooth Blazer

Victoria Blazer in Houndstooth Wool from Mood Fabrics

Guys, I’ve been watching a LOT of TV lately. I feel like a bit of a couch potato, but it’s totally justified since I work in film and television—it’s 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 from Mood Fabrics

If you ever find yourself in the wool section at Mood Fabrics NYC, you won’t be able to leave empty-handed! I was drawn to this wool houndstooth—it’s just so lovely and classic (here’s a really similar houndstooth!). I considered many options—sheath dress, shift dress, jacket, cape—before settling on a favorite blazer pattern. You can’t go wrong with a houndstooth blazer!

Victoria Blazer in Houndstooth Wool from Mood Fabrics

This fabric is really soft and drapey, which worked really well with this pattern (By Hand London’s Victoria Blazer). 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 from Mood Fabrics

The blazer is fully lined in rayon bemberg, also from Mood Fabrics NYC. I love this soft peachy color. I bought a ton of it a few months back and use it every chance I get! Rayon is a great choice for linings as it’s breathable and affordable (check out Mood’s offerings here). I used a scrap of cotton/silk from my stash for the pockets as it was a perfect match.

Rayon lining in wool blazer from Mood Fabrics

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 already scooped up 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 from Mood Fabrics

Do you ever draw sewing inspiration from television? Which shows inspire you most?

Victoria Blazer in Houndstooth Wool from Mood Fabrics

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Comments


  • Amy R
    February 19, 2014

    Funny you should mention Benedict. I’m working on a coat inspired by the fabulous wool trench. Just picked up the wool hounds tooth at Mood on Monday.

    • Ginger
      February 19, 2014

      Wow, that sounds fabulous! It’s an amazing coat- I’m not surprised we’re both inspired!

  • Trice
    February 19, 2014

    True story. Went to the 3rd floor of Mood when I was there and walked out with some wool that I thought I could not continue life without. Which included hunting it down after it disappeared. (No, I have yet to use it.)

    Very Cool jacket. Is it not cold in NY? You look completely warm in these pictures. Must be the cool for school jacket. ;) Can’t wait to see the next Cumberbatch inspired coat you make.

    As for British tv, love the stuff. Shows like Spaced and IT Crowd are awesome. There are other shows I love but they are far from polite tv shows.

    • Ginger
      February 19, 2014

      Highs in the 40′s this week- heat wave!!! That third floor is a mythical beast… you can’t leave without something special!

  • oonaballoona
    February 19, 2014

    i’m loving this sexy cute tomboy vibe you’re rocking lately!!! that tie is the cherry.

    • Ginger
      February 19, 2014

      There’s some gooooood stuff in Man Friend’s closet, case in point, this tie!

  • Jenny
    February 19, 2014

    OFFICIALLY BRIT APPROVED (by me)

    • Ginger
      February 19, 2014

      Yay!!! There should be a wax seal denoting that!

  • Lori
    February 19, 2014

    I love this boyish blazer, just a perfect combination of pattern and fabric. I bet your sister will be thrilled to have this jacket and I am so happy you will be making yourself one, too.

    • Ginger
      February 19, 2014

      I can’t get enough of these houndstooths and tweeds! They’re too fun to sew with!

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 19, 2014

    Not too tailored, not too masculine – way cool! Love the collar :)

    • Ginger
      February 19, 2014

      Thanks, Sarah! It’s a fun style!

  • Angela
    February 20, 2014

    So adorable and well made!! I do love me some British shows.. especially ones with Cumberbatch!! I’ve always wanted to get get dolled up in this look and go on a Tweed (bike) ride. where everyone dresses head to toe tweed. So glad you’ll be making one for yourself, it looks awesome on you!

    • Ginger
      February 20, 2014

      Oh man, Tweed rides sound SO fun! I hope you do it someday!

  • Sallie
    February 20, 2014

    Benedict Cumberbatch (and, really, all things Brit) for the win!! Also, this blazer for the win! I love your boy-meets-girl look in these photos, it’s such a cool look, and a tweedy blazer sets it off perfectly! I’m super glad that you have a second one in the works!

    • Ginger
      February 20, 2014

      I have a thing for the schoolboy/girl look, probably because I never wore a school uniform! ;)

  • Sara
    February 20, 2014

    I am inspired by NCIS Los Angeles (only the Nell Jones character). and Grimm (the ladies and Munro). Love Munro’s grandpa sweaters!

    • Ginger
      February 21, 2014

      I haven’t seen either show, but I love grandpa sweaters, so I’ll have to check ‘em out! :)

  • Peter
    February 20, 2014

    This suits you to a tee — so flattering and appealingly boyish but still feminine. Great choice of fabric too!

  • Mary Danielson
    February 21, 2014

    Love it so much! Sherlock would be proud. Your sister is one lucky lady. This is the perfect First Day of Grad School blazer.

  • charityshopchic
    February 21, 2014

    I love, love, love that you are wearing a tie. Bring back ties for women! Your blazer certainly does have an academic flair. I love the colour combo of the houndstooth and the lining, too. Well done!

    • Ginger
      February 21, 2014

      Thanks, Sally! My husband has an amazing tie collection- I have to confess that I’ve given him a tie or two knowing that I’d be borrowing it later!

  • Jessica
    February 21, 2014

    OMG, somebody else who feels the British tweed/BBC love!! Although usually I’m in 20′s30′s/40′s period pieces and feel the need for suits and such from that era, you do a nice job of bringing the tweed into the 21st Century. Goes superbly with the blazer pattern you picked – nicely done!