Sewing, Things i've made

The By Hand London ‘Victoria’ blazer – now in my wardrobe!

October 9, 2014


I’m quite behind on showing some of my sewing projects, so this will be the first of hopefully quite a few outfit posts that include something handmade by me!

This is the Victoria Blazer by By Hand London. They are one of, if not my favourite pattern making company – i’ve made two of their dresses and now this blazer. As soon as I saw the blazer I knew I had to make it – it’s the perfect shape and just my style. Because it was summer at the time, I made it using a beigey-cream linen that I bought from Fabricland Bristol for about £3 per metre, and lined it with a beautiful peacock feather pattern Liberty Tana Lawn. Because I had spent so little on the main fabric I thought it only right to splash out a little on the lining!



I had what you might call a bit of a mare with the sleeves. The pattern doesn’t actually call for lining in the sleeves, but I decided to put it in anyway as the lining pattern was just so lovely. However, I should have set my sleeve linings in before I attached them to the lining bodice, as I then had to do some fiddly sewing to actually get them in, and I also had to unpick them from the cuffs about 4 times before I got it right as the lining and sleeve were different lengths…

Anyway, after a lot of swearing I got it done, and ended up quite happy with the result!

The linen is obviously quite hard to keep looking nice and ironed, but that’s just how linen is.


It’s a lovely, light summery blazer that i’ve already used loads, and the colours match pretty much everything I wear!

Sofia <3

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  • Reply Jen October 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Oh it looks great! :D Love the sleeves and lining! I’ve just got the Victoria Blazer pattern and picked up some herringbone tweed from Guthrie and Ghani in a recent trip home to Birmingham. I shall make the long version but not sure what size to go for; I know the style is supposed to be loose fitting. I might also lengthen it a little.

    • Reply sofiabianca October 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks Jen! :) I really liked this pattern, and I think I made a size 10, but had to adjust the shoulders to a 12 (wide shoulder syndrome). I really need to blog my sewing makes as soon as i’ve made them really, so I can remember exactly what went wrong/where I had to adjust. I found the length just right for me, and i’m around 5’6″.

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