Jacket no. 1 2011.
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.
It looks lovely, especially on!
Re the pressing, do you have a clapper? I was sceptical about them but I find it so useful, especially when the fabric needs more press but can’t take more heat.
I think I’m in danger of becoming a jacketoholic! Can’t wait for the sew along!
It’s a gorgeous jacket and looks marvellous on you! It definitely fits with the Hepburn Hepburn Project, too! Well done! As to the 3/4 sleeves, would a pair of arm warmers help?
It looks very very very good. I like the three quarter length sleeves. You are now tempting me to plan a jacket make but I am goign to hold off till I have done more dresses first.
Just like I said on flickr, I LOVE it. What a great pattern!
I love this too, and the fabric looks wonderful, I so wish I could wear camel colours!
Great outfit! Really elegant.
I’m looking everywhere trying to find this pattern. Do you know where to get that pattern? I’m very interested in sewing myself a jacket like that
Hi! I woyld recommend searching for this pattern on ebay and similar pages. That’s my best advice. Good luck!:-)
Hi nice job. I tried sewing this jacket pattern with a medium weight wool, that was not very flexible, I had similar difficulty with the thickness of the fabric around the collar. I don’t think it had anything to do with the
Looking back I think I should have used lining for the under collar. In the end I chopped the collar off and the front facing off and made a bolero style jacket. This worked quite well by lining the inside totally with lining not partly with the outer fabric, hence reducing the thicknessof the jacket.