I know Patty the Snug Bug announced that 2011 was to be the Year of the Dress for her, but for me, I think it will be the Year of the Jacket. My first attempt on a jacket this year was Burda Magazine 09-2009-127.
Technical drawing and image from the magazine.
I made it out of a fabric I´ll call faux camel hair, in lack of a better description. It´s a beautiful fabric, but very difficult to give a good press, as it´s very thick and at the same time sensitive to heat. So I´m not quite satisfied with the pressing of the seams, but it´s alright, I might give it another go if I find the time.
Detail of the collar.
The jacket sloppily modeled by Betty Grace.
I used vintage buttons from my stash, but when wearing it I´ve noticed that they easily could have been a bit bigger – I might exchange them with some buttons that can take the thickness of the material a bit better. They tend to slip out of the buttonholes at times.
I used some polyester lining from my stash, and I think that is the last time I´ll use poly lining. It just feels a bit icky. For my next jacket I´ve bought rayon lining instead.
Jacket in MMMar´11 action.
All in all I´m happy that I finished the jacket before the month of March was over, and I´ve worn it every day since I´ve finished it, it´s nice and warm, apart from the 3/4 sleeves, of course:-). During the process of making this jacket I hit a couple of issues that I didn´t really know how to tackle, especially when attaching the collar and the lining, and that is why I´m joining the RTW sew-along, I am really looking forward to learn some new techniques!
Even though it´s a contemporary pattern, I think this jacket fits right into the Hepburn/Hepburn project. with the 3/4 sleeves and the oversized collar.