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|BurdaStyle Magazine: 03-2013-135 (Moto jacket) - Type:Coat/Jacket |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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With padded quilting on the elbows, shoulder tabs, and a zip up to the lapel corners, this short, fitted blouson has all the elements of the original biker jacket. In stead of leather we’ve used a textured woven fabric – in case you aren’t going to a concert and plan to wear this to work.
This is available as a PDF download from the Burda website which is how I purchased it.
36, 38, 40, 42, 44. I used the 44 and added some extra ease in the waist and hip.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I only made fitting changes to this design.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were your classic burda, vague and formatted in a difficult to read manner. Usually I don't bother reading them but they were the only place to find out where to top-stitch.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
All the little design details on this jacket. It really caught my eye with the piecing and quilted areas. I also like a jacket with eppulates....always.
1. It doesn't have pockets, probably because of the quilting. I could have added some if I wasn't lazy.
2. The princess line seam on the front is too far away from the bust apex to give you any good bust shaping. Makes for a boxer look than you might think with all those seams.
3. Also I felt the design was drafted with too much ease for the design aesthetic. I took out 4" of ease to get the look I wanted.
4. Lastly you the purchaser of the pattern have to do some drafting on the lining which kind of peeved me. It wasn't hard but really I paid to have a lined jacket pattern, why I am having to combine shell pieces to get a lining piece
I put a lot of dislikes up here but I DO LIKE this design a lot. Just think it's good for others to know the possible pitfalls.
Wool/cashmere coating blend from fabricmart. It's a thinner weight with made all the seaming easy.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. I started with the size 42 and graded up the waist and hip area.
2. Normal 1/2" forward shoulder adjustment.
3. Sleeve cap forward shoulder adjustment also of 1/2".
5. After making up the shell in the real fabric I found there to be waaaaaay too much ease for the design aesthetic. In my opinion, which you may take with a grain of salt, a motorcycle jacket should be rather trim and sit close to the body. Instead the jacket was baggy like a duffle coat, which is fine if you were making a duffel coat, but so great for this jacket. I took in both side seams removing 4" of ease. I know 4", that's cray cray!
6. This meant each armhole was 2" smaller so I had to get a little creative with sleeves to get them to fit into the new armhole. I took in the underarm seam about an 1" and then eased in the rest in my sleeve cap gathers. Go wool, enabling my bad sewing!!!
7. The pattern calls for snaps to hold down the eppulates. I only had gold and colored snaps on hand so I ransacked the button stash for some black buttons.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would use this as a base for a similar design. It has plenty of potential. Yes, I would recommend it for experienced sewers, but stress that you should muslin it first.
I was a little heart broken when I put this on in the middle of the process and realized it was huge. Thank god my on fly fitting mods were able to size it down without ruining the whole thing. Now that it's all finished I think it's super cute and can't wait to wear it out.
Link to my flickr set is here if want additional pics.
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