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Burdastyle 2/2010 # 128: Another White Jacket

I’m not really quite sure why, but I made another white wool jacket. Earlier this year I made my winter trench coat jacket – my first foray into coat making. Then I got another cut of wool in  an absolute, incredible, mind-boggling bargain from fabricmart.com (my husband’s American haul), but due to weight restrictions (and my stupidity in trying and failing to convert yards to metres – I know, it really isn’t hard at all) I only got 2 yards of the fabric. Note to self: 1.8 metres is not enough to make a full length coat!

So I make a blazer-type jacket. The pattern is Burdastyle 2/2010 #128.


IMG_7584The front looks a bit doubtful on this picture – I think it looks a lot better in real life. Hope it is the way I’m standing 😉 . Or have I sewed on those buttons at different heights and never noticed? Hmmm…

IMG_7592I can put my hands into the pockets, but they really they sit a bit too high up to do that comfortably. I did not even consider that when deciding on the pocket placement. In fact, I did not really decide either, I just placed them where the pattern wanted them. So maybe this is not a hands-in-pockets jacket.

IMG_7585It’s a very straightforward oversized/boyfriend type blazer cut. It has bust darts as its only shaping which I would not usually consider, but because I already have a white jacket I thought I might as well experiment with the looser cut that I don’t usually wear. I quite like it at the moment, but I keep looking for a belt to cinch it in. The looser cut is definitely something to try and get used to.

IMG_7591It’s lined with a light green lining and on this photo you can really see how thin the fashion fabric is. This makes the choice of making two white jackets a lot more sensible (or so I’m telling myself at least): the winter trench is for colder weather, this jacket is for cool but not cold weather. Not that this is much help to me at the moment (North American readers who have been suffering in what must the longest winter since the beginning of time, scroll down now in order not to get completely frustrated)…

Well, the coat is not much use to me at the moment, because the warmest winter ever has just given way to the loveliest and most consistent spring I remember and I don’t need a wool coat of any description any more. It’s very early autumn sewing, I suppose 🙂 .

The construction was very simple, but I made my own shoulder pads using this tutorial. I’d always thought this would be really complicated, but in fact it took about half an hour to make those shoulder pads from scratch and they sit much, much better than ready-made ones. So certainly for a coat or blazer I am going to continue making my own – the garment is a joy to put on now because the shoulder pads really mould to the garment and feel supportive but don’t get into the way.

How about you: Are you sewing season-appropriate garments at the moment? Or are you or have you ever been too early or late for the season with your projects?


Burdastyle 3/2013 #102 : My First Blazer

I started working on this pattern when it first came out last year – and it ended up in pure disaster due to a combination of poor choice of fabric, lack of skill and too much said&done-bravado.


So after sitting on the blazer naughty step for the best part of a year I tried again and made it through to the finish line this time:


I would only really wear a blazer to work (it’s not warm enough to be worn as a jacket unless it’s really warm, and then I kinda get … too warm to wear a jacket…), and because I like to avoid chalk stains at the bottoms of my sleeves when I work on the board in the classroom I often turn my sleeves up. So I thought it might be a fun idea to add contrast lining for the turn ups. I regret that choice a little bit now as I prefer the lining for the body, but it’s in and done now. I have however now changed the button to a simple blue button.


I used a wool mix twill which sewed up beautifully but it creases like a terrible thing. My rubbishness at pressing is well documented in so many photos on this blog, so having a creasy fabric is not a good thing for me…

IMG_6696Onwards and upwards – love that lining!

IMG_6704This is probably a bit silly, but I just love my labels, and this one got special treatment. So I can never wear this blazer buttoned anyway because I need to look at my label 🙂

IMG_6699Overall I am quite pleased with my first real blazer. I have worn it a few times now and I like it enough to think about making a summer version of the pattern. In fact I had the fabric waiting to be cut when April’s Burda threw this in the ring:

It is a little shorter than the version I made and the back has a split vent which I rather like, so I might make this one next.
IMG_6702In the meantime I am enjoying the beginning of spring – see, I got too hot for wearing a blazer already 🙂