Shabby Chic Victoria Blazer


In the unlikely event that you haven't heard of the Victoria Blazer - By Hand London's third commercial pattern - I implore you to go check it out now! I've been sewing for over three years now, but I often tend to play it safe and shy away from 'difficult' projects. The Victoria Blazer is perfect in the sense that it's a surprisingly easy make, yet by the end of it...you've made a fully lined jacket!!! It's a great confidence-building pattern, but if you're still unsure about tackling it yourself, you're in luck - the By Hand London girls have just announced a sewalong!


As you can see, I opted for the cropped version in fear of the full-length blazer swamping my short frame, but I can see a longer version in my future for sure. I made a straight size 12 and I'm pretty happy with the fit, but I might be tempted to cut a size 10 next time - at least for the shoulders, armholes and sleeves.

I used a lovely aqua/minty linen for the shell of my blazer - which I won in an epic Megan Nielsen giveaway - and a beautiful stripy cotton for my lining.

The pattern itself has minimal pieces and is very cleverly constructed, with clearly written instructions which are nice and easy to follow.



I absolutely adore the flattering front dart detail and the collar/lapels come out so crisp, making you feel like such a clever stitcher. Although the pattern doesn't call for it, I chose to top-stitch my collar/lapels to stop the lining from peeking out and to help it hold it's shape better. 




Another detail I love about this pattern are the cute little cuffs, which I chose to make out of my lining fabric, but they can also be made form your main fabric if you want a more uniform look.



Look, I fully lined a jacket! I feel so clever...even if it was easy peasy! And the design of the blazer even makes me feel cool by default!



How do you feel about this pattern - made it already or tempted to give it a go? Perhaps you're a tailoring pro and have some advice for aspiring stitchers like myself...

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  1. Marie, your jacket c'est tres chic :)!
    (P.S. Did you get my email about Threads Magazine issues hun?)

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    1. Thank you and yep, I've replied ;o)

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  2. Arrrrg I LOVE IT!!!! I think this is the most adorably feminine Victoria I've seen yet - and coming from you I wouldn't expect anything less! The colour and length is simple perfect on you, and I love how you've used the lining fabric to make the cuffs really pop. xxx

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  3. This is SO pretty. I love this pattern and like you, am keen to make another one in a slightly smaller size just for a different look. And I hear their new pattern release is iminient - squeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

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    1. Thanks Roisin, especially for your advice on sizing in the first place ;o) I simply can't wait to see the new pattern!

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  4. I am totally tempted! The blazer looks amazing on you. The length is perfect for you, because it just finishes on your waist! And it is a great idea to use lining fabric for the cuffs, especially because yours is so pretty and great to show off!

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    1. Thank you Daniela, I'm pretty pleased with where the hem hits me and I'm not sure a longer length would be as flattering...but will probably go for it anyway ;o)

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  5. so pretty! love the cropped length on you.

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  6. Gosh, that's just gorgeous! LOVE IT, the colour suits you perfectly! I've just bought that pattern and I can't wait to sew it up.

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    1. Thank you Katy, you'll rock this pattern for sure!

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  7. Very nice. What I like about this pattern is that it makes a smart alternative to a cardie when you want to keep the air con chill off in an office. I am dying to make this, but forcing myself not to buy a new pattern until I've finished a certain dress...

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    1. Yes, I definitely need to smarten my wardrobe up a little, so this is perfect! Can't wait to see that certain dress of yours all finished up by the way!

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  8. The best version I have seen of this pattern so far! I love the colour and the lining finishes it off beautifully. This pattern is definitely on my to buy list.

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  9. I have to say I'm tempted now! Lovely make!!

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  10. Beautiful! I wasn't sure about this blazer but the cropped version is amazing... I think I may have to purchase. You look awesome in that blazer hun. I LOVE the minty linen! x

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  11. This is so pretty, really love the styling too. I made this blazer last week and, I too, found it to be such a great, easy pattern despite being an actual blazer. Like you said, you feel dead clever afterwards! Gorgeous job xx

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    1. Thanks Clare! You version is sooooo cool, like really, seriously cool!

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  12. This is so pretty and I love that lining fabric, especially on the cuffs.

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  13. This is amazingly summery... perfect for our UK mock summers! I'm turning my eye to this pattern after seeing your version and convinced that it's not too complicated. Hmmm can I squeeze it onto my sewing list and do the sewalong too?!

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    1. Honestly, it's not complicated at all! Go for it and if you're worried, try to follow the sewalong as I'm sure it'll be fab!

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  14. Ah it's lovely Marie, so crisp and clean and totally gorgeous. I love your lining fabric too by the way. Really glad to hear from you (and others) that it's an easy make. I've bought the pattern and am planning to shamelessly copy Roisin and make a red one for autumn, maybe in the longer length. x

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    1. Thanks Jane! The pattern is a total breeze and I think it would be rude for you not to make one in red ;o)

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  15. This is gorgeous! I love the colours, and that contrastring cuff! I'm really looking forward to making this pattern up - going to take part in the By Hand girls sew-along for it which starts soon.

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    1. Excellent, good luck! You'll love the result ;o)

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  16. This is adorable! I love it! The color is just perfect on you, and the lining is so cute, too! Awesome job, girl!

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    1. Thanks Sonja! I can totally see you wearing this blazer by the way!

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  17. Super cute! Making the cuffs in the lining fabric - that's my favorite part :D

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    1. I love the cuffs too, thanks!

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  18. Ooooh I love this cropped version! I have decided that is the best style for me in jackets - balances out the pear shape without hiding the waist :) Great fabric choices and excellent execution - I might have to put this on my wish list!

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  19. Sharp!
    I love how you have contrasted the tailoring with the lace dress too :)

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    1. Thanks lovely, I thought it would be a nice contrast!

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  20. Very cute! I am really tempted to give this pattern a go, especially if there's a sew a long coming!

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  21. You look gorgeous, that mint colour is great on you!

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  22. cuuuuuuuuuute! But my darts look totally different. I think I did it wrong.

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    1. Nope, on closer inspection, I think it's me who has done it wrong! I actually like how they look though, so not too bothered! Hehe...what a dufus I am!

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  23. So cute. I love the blue and the floral lining. I really need to get this pattern. I think I would wear this type of blazer all the time. I have too many other projects at the moment but I'll get to it some day :)

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    1. Thanks! Hope you get round to making it for yourself soon ;o)

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  24. So fresh and pretty; very you!

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  25. This is gorgeous - and makes me think twice about tackling another jacket!

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    1. There is no tackling involved with this pattern, that's how easy it is ;o)

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  26. Very cute jacket! Nice work!

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  27. That is absolutely darling on you and I LOVE that you used the lining as the cuffs. When you move around then you see little lining peeks and the whole thing just comes together. So so cool. And wonderful with that dress. I adore the whole thing!

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    1. Thanks so much Tasha, you're too kind!

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  28. This is just gorgeous. I love the colours and the lining is just perfect. Lovely! I've just got to do the hand stitching on mine and I'm done!

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    1. Ooooh, you tease! Hurry up and finish it so we can see it already ;o)

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  29. You are so clever! I can't imagine trying to make a jacket. Although all the gorgeous cropped versions I've been seeing of Victoria are making me a bit jealous. Love the colour & the lining. So pretty and girly!

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    1. Honestly Kat, this is a really easy pattern...go for it!

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  30. Wow. I didn't swoon over this pattern much from the sketch of it, but this make of yours has completely made my head turn! Maybe it's because you've sewn it up in one of my FAVOURITE colours... maybe it's because your lining is awesome... maybe it's because it looks fabulous on you? (I'm in love with your dress, too). Which ever it is, this cropped jacket is fabulousness personified! You look amazing :)

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    1. Thank you so, so much...you are such a cutie pie! Hope you give it a go too ;o)

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  31. This jacket is so feminine and goes perfectly with your dress. I really need to get over my fear of making jackets because this pattern is adorable! XO

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    1. This jacket is the perfect way to ease you in as it's soooo easy! I'd never made a jacket before either and was so scared...so if I can do it, anyone can!

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  32. This looks so great! One of my favourites so far!!

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  33. snazzy! totes tempted to have a go on this one now. :) Do you think a lightweight fabric or cotton would be ok for the shell? I have a funky print I would love to turn into a blazer hehe.

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    1. Thanks Sarah! And yes, a lightweight cotton should work just fine, maybe line it with a quilting cotton to give it some structure. Can't wait to see your funky blazer!

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  34. It's gorgeous :) love the colour, the lining peeking out, everything! Well done! :D

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  35. I love, love, love this shabby chic look done this way. I don't think I would have ever put the pattern together with the feminine fabric or your dress, but it is so absolutely beautiful, I want to put you on my pinterest board.

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    1. Pin me away Anna...hehe! Thanks so much for the kind words!

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  36. I love your version!! The material and color make it so different from the ones I've seen!

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  37. Spectacular! I like that you chose a crop length too. That color is so pretty. Very tempted now!

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    1. Thank you Sophie, you'd look amazing in this blazer...long or cropped ;o)

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  38. Marie it's the most perfect shabby chic jacket....ever!! What a delicious combo of fabrics, adorable. Clever you :-)

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  39. Oh my goodness Marie this is sooooo cute!! I am such a fan of cropped blazers, and yours is no exception! The colour on you is perfect.... and with your dress... more perfect!

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  40. Lovely Jacket.

    And thanks. I have found a solution to sleeves cuffs on a dress I am making my reading this post. Sewing a line of topstitch around the bottom of the cuff, why didn't I think of that!!!

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    1. Yay, so glad this post has helped you figure out how to do your cuffs!

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  41. Colours and fabric are shabby chic style- but sewing is definitely not shabby!! Looks really lovely x

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  42. Verrrrry gorgeous jacket!

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  43. So pretty! I love your fabric choices here, and the lining on the cuffs is a nice addition. You talked me into it at the meet-up and I bought myself a copy. The instructions make it seem very non-intimidating, yay!

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    1. Hehe, glad I managed to convince you...I have no doubt you'll rock this pattern!

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  44. Arghh I really really want this pattern, I would try make so manyyy. Gah.. yours is adorable as usual:)

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  45. This is so pretty - great fabric choices and well-executed! :)

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  46. Totally and utterly LOVE this jacket! Everything about it is gorgeous! I'm not brave enought to attempt things like jackets yet! Hope to soon though! :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Rachel! I'm not a very brave stitcher either, but I promise that this is a relatively easy make!

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  47. Looks great Marie, well done! You've inspired me..I might even join the sewalong for this..! x

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  48. Gosh I loved this pattern the moment I saw it. Great job with the details and topstitching and the fabric combination is lovely.

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  49. I think everyone said it all so fresh and crisp. It looks so good on you as you style t so well

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    1. Thanks Mellie, you're very kind!

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  50. Okay, I wasn't sold on this pattern at first, and a bit intimidated by the idea of a jacket, but you have totally convinced me. I love your version. I may just wait until their new pattern comes out though, then order them together.

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    1. Good idea to order them together! I little jacket like this shouldn't intimidate you my dear...half the dresses you turn around are more complicated than this ;o)

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  51. Marie, this is so cute! The colour is great and it goes so well with a dress .... I am on the fence re: this pattern. Am worried it is too unstructured and that it might not look so good on me. But seeing yours makes me want one badly!!

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    1. I think you should totally go for it! You can wear it with a fitted top or dress and then your shape will be nicely retained ;o)

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  52. This is great and one of the best versions I have seen. I really liked the cropped version and think it would suit me best too. Sigh...another pattern to add to the ever growing wish list!

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  53. I love how this is, like, only the third time I come over to drool at your jacket. One more time and I'll pretty much 110% sold on making an exact replica in brown. Gaaaaaah.

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    1. Hehe, thanks for letting me know...and for coming back! Can't wait to see you rock a version of this!

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  54. you are looking too cute for words in that outfit, marie! love the color, it's very spring/summery and the cropped length is perfect for those natural waist style dresses and skirts. this blazer is def on my to-sew-list.

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  55. This is lovely! It's such a beautiful color and I love the lining fabric that you paired with it. Perfect for summer! Looks like I have another pattern to add to my list.

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    1. Thanks Becca and yes, do! ;o)

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  56. Soooo pretty ! I love the accents on the sleeves. Looks awesome with your dress too :-)

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  57. This is the cutest version yet! I love your choice of fabrics. And you have definitely sold me on the cropped version.... when I eventually get round to it! x

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  58. I don't think you can say it's fully-lined if the sleeves aren't lined.

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