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Posted on:4/13/14 4:32 PM
Project Photo:BurdaStyle Magazine: 10-2012-113 by MrsCharisma

BurdaStyle Magazine: 10-2012-113 by MrsCharisma  BurdaStyle Magazine: 10-2012-113 by MrsCharisma  
Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 3 people   
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Fabric:Boucle  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:

This double-breasted jacket makes all the difference in the world! This lined jacket seems to be in two parts, but the slender long sleeves are firmly attached to the short wide sleeves

Pattern Sizing:

36-44, I cut a 42

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Pretty much

Were the instructions easy to follow?

I mean, it's Burda mag. The instructions are cryptic. And the sleeve instruction was impossible. I'm sure I didn't do it right...but I just made it work.

Otherwise, it is fairly simple to put the bodice together. Logic gets you through it.

Oh, and I don't understand why they would have you sew the seam and THEN try to insert the pocket. So much easier to insert the pocket while the pieces are flat.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the asymmetry and the knit sleeves.

It's an oversized pattern so I wasn't thrilled with the amount of ease. The neckline is also really wide.

Fabric Used:

Wool blend boucle from Pongee lining from FabricMart. Ponte from SR Harris Warehouse

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Inadvertently, I forgot to add seam allowances to the back facing. So it's TINY! Oooops!

Also, I added allowance to the cap sleeve but not a proper HEM my lining peeks through.

I added 1" to the knit sleeves.

I decided to add black piping and a hanging chain. My piping sewing leaves much to be desired

My boucle wasn't really unraveling but I knew I wanted to stabilize it. However, I didn't want to added weight of block interfacing. So I cut strips of interfacing and fused it to the edges after cutting. I then serged the pieces. This seemed to work fine.

I used the fashion fabric for the pockets as my lining weight compared to the boucle was SO different that I didn't like the way the pockets felt.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I might make the shorter version in black...but you can't have too many asymmetric jackets with big cap sleeves and knit undersleeves!


This is my first piece of outerwear and I went back and forth with loving and hating it the entire time I was sewing it! It needs a good pressing but I am happy with it! And the weather is still cool enough to wear it.

**It's been about a month (and yes, mid May is still jacket weather in the mornings!) and I *LOVE* this jacket. Love. Love. Love.
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dinagideon said...
I love it! I am glad you made it through the process. You have given me hope that maybe one day I can try this one too as I just love how it looks, both in the mag and on you!
4/13/14 5:17 PM
Tonya P said...
Very unique and super cute! I am reluctant to try a Burda pattern with the apparent sparse instructions. I'm impressed with your perseverance that turned out a very cute coat.
4/13/14 5:22 PM
Sew Good said...
It's beautiful! I think you did a great job. I used to use Burda Magazine patterns all the time but recently, I'm too lazy. I know the time it takes to trace, add seam allowances, plan, read and re-read their instructions :) I find the cut of their designs perfect for "real" bodies and I learned a lot of new techniques from their instructions (even though they aren't written well for beginners). I love your choice of fabrics too! I don't know why I rarely chose a vibrant color or pattern for the linings of my garments. It's so gorgeous!
4/13/14 5:24 PM
Kathhhhhy said...
That lining with that fabric..... juicy!! I love the detail of adding the chain hook in back with the tag, so fancy! This looks really great on you, I've been waiting to see it done!!!
4/13/14 5:33 PM
supizoo said...
Love love love! Love everything about it!
4/13/14 6:21 PM
Karla Kizer said...
Really love this one. You've done it again.
4/13/14 6:28 PM
MrsCharisma said...
You should make it Dina!!! Tonya what they lack in instruction really is made up in garment quality. You should start with a simple silhouette and go for it :) Thanks everyone! It's definitely a bit of a statement piece for me. And of course now I want to make another jacket :)
4/13/14 6:43 PM
trudiz said...
Your coat is lovely. Your attention to detail is inspiring. Well done.
4/13/14 8:35 PM
jdk said...
Very nice!!!
4/13/14 10:35 PM
Danvillegirl said...
I really love this jacket! Your version looks great.
4/14/14 5:24 AM
teddysclj said...
Love and look forward to your helpful and informative! Your coat is beautiful!
4/14/14 7:41 AM
sacjeanie said...
OK MrsCharisma, It might be time to bump up your sewing skills rating. Great job.
4/14/14 8:00 AM
ASiverson said...
I love your jacket/coat! Didn't realize it was two different colors/sleeves until I read your review. LOL!
4/14/14 10:49 AM
DorothyK said...
Love the coat. I like the two very different looks you get with the collar. Nicely done.
4/14/14 11:25 AM
TJSEWS said...
Great jacket with a fabulous pop of color for the lining!
4/14/14 7:43 PM
MrsCharisma said...
Thank you ALL!
4/15/14 10:12 AM
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