|Jumping out to take advantage of a ten minute break in the effing rain.|
This pattern is a perfect example of why I love Burda so much, and why it's worth sticking with Burda, even when some of their issues can be less inspiring. It's a great design, super modern, well thought out, elegant and chic. The drafting is impeccable; it went together perfectly and I made no alterations - this is a straight 38. Melissa at Fehr Trade mentioned that it runs tight - it does! I toyed with sewing up a size, but ultimately I decided to make the trade off of less ease / slim lines. This jacket does run small - I would probably strangle myself if I tried to do it up all the way to the neck. In fact I have't sewn those snaps on yet because I'm pretty sure I'll never try. I'd be interested to hear if anyone thinks this looks small - I prefer a very fitted style, so to my eyes it looks correct.
**Edit** I meant to add that I did an unusual-for-me experiment with this jacket. I'm usually all about the sew-in interfacing, hair canvas, pad-stitching, etc. This jacket is the opposite. I took the lazy way out and followed Burda's directions about interfacing and construction. No sleeve heads, no twill tape at the shoulders, and I only used fusible interfacing. I've learnt my lesson! Don't use fusible for any project that requires structure or real stability. Even though I pre-shrunk the interfacing and was careful about fusing it, the jacket suffered for my "time-saving." The fusible doesn't give enough heft to the neck areas, which need more stiffness to retain their nice shape. The interfacing is also coming away in places, and I ended up having to catchstitch the seams to the actual fashion fabric to keep all the layers together. Next jacket will be properly tailored!
The jacket looks completely different when you wear it open. The sides hang loose and give an almost unstructured look.
One of my sewing goals over the last year has been to sew more modern clothes for myself. I spent my 20s and 30s dressing like Miss Marple. But if I dress like Miss Marple now I just look like a middle aged spinster (instead of a hot girl ironically dressing like one!). This jacket fits that bill. It's almost a little futuristic to my eyes - like something a career girl in 2114 would wear.
I consider this a great start to 2015!