|Pattern Description: Straight cut coat with tailored lapel/revers, side seam pockets, two piece sleeve, collar with half stand and self fabric tie belt.|
Pattern Sizing: 36-44
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Um, no. They weren't as bad as some Burdas I've done though. The collar construction is atypical, and the instructions were a little cryptic for this part. If you follow them step-by-step, there is a good chance you'll get there, but reading through them was a total head scratcher. If you are considering making this coat (and you should!) the side edges of the undercollar have to be attached to the lapel BEFORE you sew the neckline to collar seam. The neckline/collar seam is continuous with the front dart, and you sew it starting at center back and ending at the dart point (as we do). Otherwise the coat is fairly straight forward.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I chose it as a nice simple design that would show off my very dramatic printed fabric. While it is a straight cut coat, the dart under the lapel does provide a bit of shaping in front. Dislikes: The pattern only provides a half lining. I think this is because the cost is intended more as a fashion piece than for warmth, but I still think a coat deserves to be lined. Also, the instructions would have you insert the in seam pockets after the seams are sewn, which seems like an unnecessarily difficult way to do things.
Fabric Used: For the shell, a stretch poplin from Mood. For the underlining, wool jersey from Fashion Fabrics Club, for the lining, stretch satin, also from fashion fabrics club. Interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I tailored the collar with canvas and machine padstitching, which was not indicated in the pattern, and taped the roll line. I made minor changes for fit, mostly shaping in the back seam and narrowing the shoulders. I added a full lining.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I may, as it is a very simple style, so it wouldn't be crazy to have multiples in my wardrobe. I do recommend it if you are looking for a coat pattern with uncomplicated lines.
Conclusion: I was impressed with the level of detail that Burda put into such a relatively simple pattern, and I am thrilled with the resulting coat. The collar construction is atypical, and the instructions are not particularly helpful. This is why I rated this pattern for advanced sewers, as it is otherwise uncomplicated.