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|Burda: 9486 (Parka or Jacket) - Type:Kids(boys & girls) |
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|Pattern Rating:||Difficult, but great for Advanced Sewers |
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|Fabric:||Vinyl [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Kids' Burda Style parka or blouson (motorcycle-style) jacket|
Pattern Sizing: 6-13; I made the 9, widening out to the 10 at the shoulders and upper back. I also adjusted the sleeves to be a 10 towards the top where they meet the shoulders of the jacket. This was mainly because she has a broad upper back, and I wanted to make sure she could move freely while wearing it. For reference, she just turned 8, but she is fairly big for her age. I believe this is sized true to size but I'd suggest going up maybe one size because it is lined.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? The style did; the actual jacket is completely different. The photo shows a boy wearing a black leather-like jacket; hers is pink vinyl with purple ribbing and appliqués, but overall there is a strong similarity.
Were the instructions easy to follow? For the most part, yes. The very last step was written as if they were desperate to avoid printing on the other side of the instruction sheet and wanted to fit it all in right at the bottom. That is the part where you've basically bagged out the lining (attached it to the jacket outer material) with right side to right side all the way around (including the ribbed knit at the neck and bottom and the separating zipper areas). Then they have you fold the bottom ribbed knit in half and push it between the two fabric layers (lining and outer). You then sew the lining to the outer layer in the seam allowance, thus sandwiching the ribbed knit between the two and anchoring it. Fortunately, this made sense to me when I actually was doing it (and thinking about what I've seen in jackets like this before) but man, was it confusing when I was skimming before I began.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This pattern is unique in that I have never seen a blouson-style jacket pattern for kids before; there is one that is somewhat similar (I think it's a Simplicity Miley Cyrus pattern), but it's not lined and doesn't have the ribbed knit. It is fairly time-intensive but accurate to the style - you topstitch the two halves of the sleeves together, you have welt zippered pockets, you have a little zipped pocket on the front left breast, it's lined, etc. It makes a nice jacket and doing the changes that I did (plus using the pink vinyl) really made this special for my daughter. It's not an easy pattern, especially if you sew with vinyl or leather (that has its own host of issues; see my blog for more information) but it was a huge rush when I turned it inside out and it actually looked like a real, RTW jacket.
I would caution anyone wanting to use vinyl to read a lot, make sure your machine can handle it and do what you need to do (including possibly a wee drink or deep breaths) to get through it. It uses a lot of techniques that I hadn't done in the past (the welt pockets alone terrified me, and topstitching on vinyl can be...emotionally damaging) but it really all came together to make something that she loves.
Fabric Used: Pink vinyl (bought almost a year ago! That stuff terrified me!) and some slippery fabric left over from one of my latest makes. I also had to use three zippers (all shortened based upon the pattern's instructions on page 3) and a separating zipper, which was one of the easiest zippers I've ever had to do. I added a little ribbon loop for hanging and the poodle appliqués to distract from the wonky topstitching on the little front left breast pocket.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None, really. This was all so new to me that I just went ahead and followed them to the letter. I guess the only thing I changed was skipping the interfacing; with the vinyl, you really don't need it.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? You know, I might actually sew another one. It was a lot of fun (until it wasn't) to do something completely different and way out of my comfort level. I would recommend it to others, with the caveat that you really do need to be comfortable with sewing enough to want to stretch yourself a little.
Conclusion: This makes a true motorcycle-esque blouson jacket that could be taken in so many ways. It actually made me cheer aloud when it all came together so well. Check out my blog for more information; thanks for reading!
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