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|Burda: 9458 (Girls Coat and Jacket) - Type:Coat/Jacket |
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|Member since: 7/27/13 |
|Reviews written: 10|
|Sewing skills:Advanced Beginner|
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|Posted on:||9/23/13 1:11 AM |
|Last Updated:||9/23/13 1:15 AM|
Burda Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
|See other patterns in this category: Kids(boys & girls) Toddlers |
|Available for sale on PR: $6.71 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Cotton - Laminated [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
Cute and trendy coat with patch pockets and lined hood, or jacket with Peter Pan collar and rearward waist tabs, both variants flared at the hem. Coated materials make them wind and waterproof.
2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (toddler through kids)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It did look like the envelope, minus the pattern and design alterations, which I disucss below. Overall the jacket looked as pictured. The button area was disappointing, but more on that later.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were pretty good for Burda. There were plenty of photos for anyone unfamiliar with coat making. Otherwise it was fairly straightforward construction wise.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I did not like that the pattern only included lined pockets (ok, I guess) and a lined hood. What a missed opportunity! The pattern should have included tips on a full lining so those who aren't familiar with the process could have some guidance. I had some idea of what to do, but it still would be best to have just had a lining as part of the longer raincoat.
I liked the way the instructions said to sew the pockets. They had a kind of fashion fabric facing in their own right, though no one would see it I still smiled when I finished them. The sewing tricks there were useful and I will use those techniques again.
I really love the three piece hood--it adds a little something special. The topstitching along the hood pieces is also a very nice touch.
Little Kukla Slicker Laminated Cotton purchased from fabric.com
I used 1.5 yards for a size 4 T coat. My cut of fabric was printed a bit off---very annoying on a fabric that really acts like a stripe. I tried to "fix" it the usual ways, but it is still slightly off. I think it wasn't printed exactly right--a shame for $17 a yard.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. As mentioned, I am really satisfied now that the coat includes a full lining that matches the inside of the pockets and the hood. The coat looks much higher end, cuter, more complete, and is better functionally overall.
To do the lining, I used the front and back pieces. I cut away the facing part (leaving seam allowance, of course) from the front coat pieces. I cut the back piece out with about 1 inch total extra on the fold to allow for three evening spaced ease pleats (to allow more comfort and ease). I also cut out the equivalent of the back facing piece from the back. I sewed the lining together, sleeves included, and sewed the lining right sides together starting with the left facing and going around. I pressed both the fashion fabric and the lining hem up and top stitched (the rest of the coat has top-stitching so it fits in nicely).
2. I used three 1/2 inch magnetic snaps (Dritz) instead of functional buttons. I am still considering adding "just for looks" buttons on the outside of the coat.
Little hands have a hard time maneuvering buttons as it is. This pattern had, in my opinion, off buttonhole placing. It just was too close to the front folds. I could hardly get in the 1/2 magnetic snaps, and even those were very close to the edge. If you decide to do buttonholes, you will need to add width to the front pieces to allow for a wider buttonhole OR you will have to use vertical buttonholes, which I find annoying in coats. The best option is the magnetic snaps. I added squares of interfacing until the placement spots, and also used moderate card stock squares after I put the washers on.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I am not sure it is worth the effort. I think I might try the Oliver+S coat next time. Plus, you really only need one raincoat
Sewing laminated cotton was something I thought was tricky. I used my singer 201-2 with absolutely NO special foot or tools or tricks. It sewed through multiple laminated up layers with complete ease. There was no stalling whatsoever. Given how easy it was (which was not the case on my viking) I am please with the project. Top-stitching was a breeze and the coat took about 2 days of moderate night-time sewing. An easy project. If you modify it, it will be best.
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