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Saturday, 29 October 2016

BurdaStyle 06/2016 - 121 Jacket

It feels like a long time since I made a jacket which is odd since I love wearing them.  I decided I needed a simple unlined zip front cotton jacket and started digging through my BurdaStyle magazine stash (always a dangerous black hole to get into!).  Of course there were plenty of options, but having banged on and on about what a great year 2016 has been for Burda I felt I should make something current.

Now I am quite partial to a military styled jacket, however this one was shown in such a way that it almost veered off into costume territory, but the line drawing showed promise.

06/2016 - 121
06/2016 - 121 

06/2016 - 120 Cropped, zipped version
06/2016 - 121 Longer hook & eye version
I made the longer view (121), but with the zip from the cropped version (120) and omitted the tabs on the front.  Just for your information on the longer version they are cut in half and meet at the centre front seam which is finished with hooks and eyes, on the cropped version you would have to unbutton one side to get to the zip so you'd need to be committed to only wearing it done up if making that version.

This is actually a tall pattern, but apart from shortening both the sleeves and the bands by 1.5cm each I didn't make any alterations.

The jacket goes together quite easily and even the basic pattern has some nice subtle details - I really like the way the back wraps over the shoulder, the little double vent at the back and the cut of the sleeve makes it hang beautifully.  I wish I had taken photos as soon as I had finished it, but I washed it first since I had stabbed myself with pins and bled on it and just working with it had made it a grubby (kudos and respect to all bridal dressmakers out there!).  It doesn't look as crisp after my bad ironing job, but it has to stand up to real life I suppose and it might actually improve and soften a bit with repeated washings.  Anyway all that is to say...wrinkle alert!





I used a stretch cotton, the instructions recommend lightweight jacket fabrics with some body, fabrics with elastane are ideal.  So I don't think it has to be a stretch fabric, just that it may be more comfortable if it is.

Here I am wearing it, I just threw it on over the navy jersey dress I was wearing so it looks quite formal here, but I think it will work equally well with jeans for a more casual look.




















18 comments:

Надежда said...

Nice jacket!

Nancy D said...

Great looking jacket! When I saw it in the magazine all I could think was Seargent Pepper, but the way you've done it is very clean and classic looking!

Jen L said...

Cute jacket! It's always good to look at the "bones" of Burda patterns. There's a lot of good stuff there, once you get beyond some of the extraneous decorative features.

KS_Sews said...

Ooooh! Definitely prefer your version to the magazine. Very polished. Very chic. And it fits great!!!

Faye Lewis said...

Very cute jacket Allison.

Vicki said...

That is a great little pattern. Looks great made up in the white cotton.

Hélène said...

Wow, totally gorgeous. I'm so bad looking past things like the button toggle things on the pattern but I'm glad you did. I love how it comes in at the waist just right on you. Great fit all around.

Nancy K said...

Costume is the word and it wasn't even October. Yours is just right and the fit is perfect.

Claire Cooper said...

Your version looks great.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Great way to look pass the magazine's view to see the great bones this pattern has - love your version!

Dilliander said...

Lovely Alison, thank goodness for line drawings!

katherine h said...

You are amazing! I actually like the costume-y look of the original, but you have gone beyond that to make a very elegant jacket. I do admire people who can make lovely jackets, as they are not really part of my sewing repertoire yet. This one looks os good, I'm sure you'll wear it heaps.

Catherine Daze said...

Very chic!

Sharon said...

Brilliant to see the bones beyond all the details on this jacket as it is the perfect jacket and can imagine it will get a lot of wear.

Tracie said...

Super smart and stylish - I love that you van see beyond the extras to the classic lines beneath!

Irene said...

What a wonderful jacket!

Gail said...

Happiness is a perfect white jacket. You'll love this forever!

Doctor T Designs said...

Looks great! Definitely not crazy like the colored version in the magazine, and the style looks great on you. Looks like you'll get a lot of wear from it!