This pattern looked fantastic by the photos and I had a bit of lightweight wool blend in my stash that I thought would look great with it. I have had some Burdastyle patterns in my account download for a while now and thought I would try and tackle one since there were so many great outcomes on the website.
I would have to say that being used to Vogue/ Colette / Simplicity etc that going to a Burdastyle pattern the instructions were a bit daunting as there are no instruction pictures and I found myself going really...?? Why do it in that order that seems a bit strange. So I will try my best to describe what worked best for me creating this garment.
This then gave me the front and back pieces which I then sewed together down the sides and on the shoulders. There was also a collar piece which was added to the back part when sewing the front and back together. If I made this jacket again I would minus the collar and just extend that back piece to go right up to the top. The collar didn't really add much value to my jacket I didn't think and it was quite small in the end but maybe I didnt do it correctly? hehe.
This now gave me the whole jacket front and back without the sleeves attached. I thought I would leave the sleeves until last. Also, since the jacket was going to be lined I thought I would line the whole thing and pull it all through the sleeved where no one could see. So I then created the lining in the same steps to get the same outcome as the jacket outside. Once I was finished this I turned them both so the right sides were facing each other, wrong sides on the outside and sewed all the way around the jacket outer edge. Once it was completely sewn I turned the jacket to the right sides through the sleeve holes. As you can see all my messy bits came through at the sleeves which was overlocked after adding the sleeves.
There was a couple of ways to do the sleeves I thought but they weren't as hard to grasp. Although if anyone wants any further information let me know and I can try and draw some diagrams for my blog.
I added the buttons a bit differently as I wanted to fold it down like in the picture but maybe I didn't make a big enough size jacket for it to go that far across so I just added them where they fit nicely. There were 5 total on the front and 2 each on the sleeves.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I would say not really. Once you have made one Burdastyle pattern its a lot easier to understand how they lay things out. There is no pattern description on the pattern ie, jacket front (Cut 2 fabric, cut 2 lining) you have to read the separate printout for this. Its probably because they are so universal and in a few languages. Instructions were pretty terrible for this jacket. I think one of the first steps was to add buttons and I was thinking where? I haven't even made the front yet. But my advise is to stick with it and give it a go because it turned out pretty nice!!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really liked the design of the jacket it turned out pretty modern and can be casual or nice to wear to work. The jacket is pretty unique I haven't found any other pattern similar like a lot of the BurdaStyle patterns. They are fantastic garments and I have started to get into the downloadable patterns as its so easy just to print them out and cut out the paper pattern whilst keeping the hard copy on file for a later date. Its a good investment!!
Lightweight wool blend and a polyester lining. You didn't need much fabric for this pattern which was nice. I could probably make a couple more jackets in the material that I bought because there was a lot left over from 2 meters of each.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I stuck to the pattern, however I would get rid of the back collar next time. Not sure if I did it incorrectly but didnt think it was needed a second time round.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would definitely sew it again its a pretty jacket with a nice outcome and even though the instructions weren't great it turned out nicely in the end.
More about ME!
Did I forgot to mention its my Birthday today!! I am officially getting OLD (3 years till I'm 30 arrhh!!) Although check out what I arrived to at work this morning! It was a really nice surprise!!
I am also lucky enough to share "almost" the same birthday as my partner whos birthday was yesterday hehe Happy Birthday babe!! So we have booked in to go to Noosa QLD as a short getaway! Yay!
My desk at work!!! hehe
My pugs also like to get into the spirit and look forward to some cupcakes :)