Wednesday, December 30, 2009

burda style 12/2009-119

Whew!  In under the wire!  My last sewing project of 2009 is this cozy jacket from the December burda style (or BWOF or whatever!)

It's drafted for a knit fabric, but it has tons of ease, so I made it in a woven fabric without any alterations, and the fit is fine.  This is one of those Walmart mystery fabrics, but it's so pretty that I couldn't resist it.  The right side has a lovely brown and green variegated sheen and the wrong side is fuzzy like a flannel backed satin.  Perfect for a snuggly jacket.  It was allergic to the iron though, so I suspect that it's origins are not in nature.

Here is the side view.  The front view looks a bit bulky - I think because of the multiple layers of collar, undercollar and facing along center front, but the side view is more flattering.

Here is the back.  There isn't any shaping at all, so all the pleats are just the tie belt pulling the excess fabric in at the waist.  Without the belt, it is utterly shapeless.

Here is the inside.  Since the jacket is unlined (and my fabric ravelled like crazy!) I did the straight seams as french seams and bound the armholes.  The seam between collar and jacket body is encased in the collar/facing piece.  I haven't felt much like sitting at the sewing machine for the last few days, so I did a lot of hand sewing as well.  The instructions call for a hand sewed hem, but for the collar facing to be attached by stitching in the ditch and for machine sewn sleeve hems, but I did all of that by hand.  It was quite peaceful, actually.

After all that, I'm not quite decided about how I feel about this jacket.  Will I ever wear it out of the house?  It is very comfortable.  I guess only time will tell...

10 comments:

  1. Boy, that sure looks cozy! Nice!

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  2. I hope the jacket gets to leave the house. It's cute and definitely looks like outerwear. Before you showed that it was unlined, I assumed that it was a winter jacket of sorts!

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  3. I would definitely wear that coat. It seems perfect for cool, Texas nights. Your finishing looks very professional. Nice sewing!

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  4. I like it!!!

    I think the "shapelessness" will lend itself well to versatility -- a different belt, scarf, or cummerbund can change the look radically.
    Nice job!!

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  5. I like this! I agree that this could be really versatile and seems like it would look great over a pair of skinny jeans with heels. Perfect for winter running around!

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  6. Wow, I love your coat!! The fabric looks so soft. I would love to cuddle up in it!! You finished the inside so nicely!!! Great job!! Hope you have a great new year.

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  7. Well, based upon the pictures it looks worthy of trips out of the house! I understand, though. I have made items that didn't excite me as much once completed. What is up next?
    I haven't found much time for sewing over the holidays! I hope to trace some patterns and cut out a few things tonight. After cleaning day tomorrow, I want to get out the sewing machines again!

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  8. Ambitious! I love the coat and I think it is perfectly acceptable to wear outside the house (wonderful, really). But, I do live in California:) Great job - so cozy!!!

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  9. Nice use of your mystery fabric! It looks very warm (though perhaps not warm enough for the weather we're having right now...).

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  10. Cute topper and I'm loving the sheen on the fabric!

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