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Victoria Blazer

By Hand London

The Victoria is a casual blazer featuring 3/4 length sleeves, a turned up French seamed cuff and side seam pockets, with cropped and sleeveless variations. Designed with a generous amount of ease for a laid back style, this blazer is the perfect throw-it-over-everything wardrobe staple.

Light to medium weight woven fabrics with a bit of body will work best, such as cotton, linen, chambray, wool crepe, flannel, soft denim, wool, tweed and poplin. Stable knits such as ponte or double knits would also be great. For the lining, lightweight wovens are best, such as 100% cotton lawn or quilting cotton.

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Additional information

Fabric

Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Denim / Corduroy, Heavyweight Cotton / Twill / Gabardine, Jacquard / Brocade, Wools / Suiting

Size

6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

One to two days

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  1. Victoria Blazer

    English Girl At Home

    The fist blazer I made and a firm favourite – I made this blazer in 2014 and it remains one of my most regularly worn makes.

    Blog post here: https://englishgirlathome.com/2014/03/15/hotel-room-victoria-blazer/

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  2. CarolineJ16

    Victoria Blazer

    CarolineJ16

    This is my second Victoria Blazer. I modified the lower lapels but pretty much followed all other instructions. A straight forward set of guidance and a satisfying make. I carefully finished the jacket by hand along the hem band and cuffs so it could reversible. More detail here: http://carolinejoynson.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/reversible-by-hand-london-victoria.html

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    Victoria Blazer

    CarolineJ16

    A great introduction to more structured garment sewing. This was a great sew (although I did have a few minor cutting mishaps). Straight forward instructions with the illustrated booklet and a fail-safe sew-along on the By Hand London blog too. I can see more of these in my future.
    Read construction details on my blog:
    http://carolinejoynson.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/by-hand-london-victoria-blazer.html

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  4. Victoria Blazer

    PigeonWishes

    My favourite project of the year so far is this jacket. I’m eagerly looking forward to Autumn because this is such a wearable piece and I love the relaxed yet formal look. Now on the sewing…

    This jacket is the ideal project to start with if you’re beginner to sewing outwear. There are very few pieces to it, which was great because I traced this pattern and it took about an hour..and I was being slow. The jacket was easy to sew together partly because this is a beginner project but mostly due to the excellent sew along the By Hand London girl provide for all their patterns. This project took two days. One for most of the coat and the next for hand sewing, which I you have to do for the sleeveless version.

    I used wool for the outer shell and cotton for the lining. Two brilliant fabrics which cut and sew without any fuss.

    Th one con I would have is the lining does peek through, which I love because I love my lining fabric but for another version I will solve by using a tutorial by Marilla Walker

    You can read a more detailed review on my blog
    https://pigeonwish.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/by-hand-london-victoria-blazer/

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  5. Victoria Blazer

    thepetitepassions

    I used a white linen look fabric from Remnant Kings for the blazer shell, with the intention of matching it to a lot of summer outfits. I also ordered the same amount of white cotton lawn for the lining to give a basic block colour. When the fabric arrived I could see that it was fairly see through, so would need lining for the sleeves too (not part of the instructions). Both fabrics were easy to work with when cutting and sewing…they do crease a fair amount with wear though.
    The blazer is meant to have a relaxed fit with lots of ease (so shoulder fit does not have to be spot on). The pattern also features ¾ length sleeves and includes side seam pockets, cropped and sleeveless versions. The pattern pieces are printed on tissue and clearly labelled. The sleeves do not need gathering, and there are no fastenings to factor in either.
    The instructions are written in straightforward language which I found very helpful as a beginner. It is clear what the end product should look like and how the construction helps to achieve this (again, helpful to novices!). I also logged on to the By Hand London website to follow the sewalong which had even more information and colour photographs. The instructions also tell you how to insert a lining to the main body of the blazer, though they do not include steps for lined sleeves (which I needed & eventually figured out on my own, convinced there is a better way).
    I wore this blazer all summer so I would have to say it was a success. It’s very comfortable to wear and goes with a lot. It was also fairly easy to put together… this was one of the first garments I tackled and I managed to make it, even though it says it is a more difficult skill level pattern. If I was making it again I would have a think about narrowing the shoulders slightly…I know that this is how the pattern is meant to hang but on my petite (5ft) frame they do look a little wider than I am used to. I will be making up a couple more versions to wear out and about as soon as I find some fabric I really fancy for them.

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  6. Victoria Blazer

    PerleDesigns

    This is a somewhat long over due review. In a nutshell, i loved this pattern – this was my first BHL pattern and the instructions were well laid out and easy to follow. Whilst i cut the size that matched my measurements, I did have to make some minor alterations (just on the side seams), but everything else fitted me well.

    Now on to the next BHL pattern! 🙂

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  7. Victoria Blazer

    Lazy Daisy Jones

    I loved everything about this pattern. The subtle shaping of the collar and the boxy shape.
    I sewed it in a ‘ponte de roma’ as an experiment . I also lined it with the same. Success! I can wear the jacket as a ‘cardi’ due to softness of fabric. but it is still smart enough to wear to work. Instructions were simple and all the extra info you need can be found on the ‘By Hand London’ website. Including a sew along and pics of other makes.
    I made no fitting alterations I cut for my size, however due to having a long body, I may cut it longer next time?

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