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