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Progress Report for Fitzykim
Contest: Lined Jacket Contest     Managed By: Aroura
  Photo Pattern Used Points Items Made Yardage Used Description Last Updated
1 Burda:Coat/Jacket (Coat/Jacket) 1 1.000 3.000 Pattern Description: This pattern is for a heavy winter wrap coat. I made the short coat with inseam pockets. inseam pockets

Pattern Sizing:The sizing was pretty accurate. I made size 16 for the top tapering larger at the hips.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes, though I didn't do the patch pockets.

Were the instructions easy to follow?The instructions were fine as far as they went. They did not give many tips for tailoring the lapels.
lapels

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I liked that the pattern had simple lines with no buttonholes. My fabric is very thick and would not handle that well.

Fabric Used:I used a dark navy wool coating/melton fabric with a dusky blue Bemburg lining. lining This fabric had a nap to it that made it difficult to iron. I used multiple wool press cloths to minimize pressing marks. pressing

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I enlarged the pocket and lined it with tricot interfaced flannel. modified pockets I also made a back stay from the flannel. I eliminated the back dart and eased in the fullness instead. no back dart

I topstitched on both sides of the front and back seams. topstiching
I also lengthened the coat tie to fit my six foot height.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I do recommend this pattern to others. I don't think I'll be making it again anytime soon; perhaps someday I'll make it for one of my daughters as a present.

Conclusion: This is the first tailored jacket I have made. I could not find any shoulder pads to fit in my coat. My friend recommended that I take some from a man's tailored jacket. I went to Goodwill and by sheer chance bought a Hart Schaffner & Marx Gold Trumpeter suit for $8. As I ripped into it, I realized how well tailored the suit is. I took the whole shoulder pad assembly and put it my coat. shoulder pad detail
As I sewed the coat I referenced several tailoring books. I like how the attention to detail really makes the coat look nice. I now have a coat with long enough sleeves and even a tie belt in proportion to my height. I love my coat! love it!
8/30/12 5:19 PM
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