Skip to main content

Burda Fall Coat

It finally cooled off a bit to take some photos of my fall coat!

 Although I had planned on making my own version of the Pierre Cardin one that I so loved, I found this pattern on Burda about a month ago. I figured if it's just for me, why really go through alllll the trouble of making my own coat pattern?

 I'm still not 100% thrilled on the back of it (I had some issues with the pointy-ness) but this is as good as it's gonna get. There comes a point on projects where even if you rip it out a few times, you just have to go with it or you'll never get it done. It's good to be meticulous, but don't do it to your detriment.

You guys wouldn't believe how hard it is to find coat fabric out there! The fabric I used was a wool melton blend from Fabric.com. I first toured around Joann's to see if they had anything (of course they didn't) but Fabric.com had some nice colors. This wool blend is nice and thick! I was really impressed with the quality of it. The brown lining fabric is from my standby, Textile Discount Outlet. I think 3 yards of it was only $8.

 Here's my other issue with this pattern - there is no button extension/slight overlapping in the front. Sure, I could have edited it myself on this pattern, but you know when you're cooking a recipe for the first time and you want to follow the instructions? Yeah, pretty much that.

I added 4 hooks and eyes (though it said to use 3) but they still make the coat swingy in the center. Before I even made it, I had an idea to add 3 frog closures on the front, but I think I'm going to add toggles. I just can't imagine a fall coat not being able to close very well. You can even see in the Burda photo that theirs doesn't necessarily close either though! 
Another thing about this pattern - no lining! They just tell you to add on the facing, trim all your seams with a bias tape. Who makes a jacket with no lining?! Perhaps they were trying to keep it simple for home sewers, but I know that there are plenty of home sewers who wouldn't have trouble with a lining at all. 

This is just a self lining using the coat pattern pieces as lining pieces, only accounting for the hems of each. There is a 2" hem on the self and no seam allowance added on the lining to get it to pull upwards like it does. Pays to save all your old school handouts! Haha. 


This coat also has 2 inside pockets. I used some leftover psychedelic stretch knit (the Burda pattern says to use a piece of jersey). Can't have a jacket without pockets! In retrospect, I should have made a facing that was green for the pockets. I always do this on my self-designed stuff, but ya know.... back to the recipe thing.

I also want to introduce you to my new lady! After careful consideration, I've named her Bettina, but you can call her Betsy. I'll be using her mostly for Etsy photos.

Speaking of which... it's almost time for the Manic Pop Grand Opening! It's looking closer to the end of September as I finish up the last dress of my collection, the Scallop Dress. But I'm still right on time! I'm quite proud of myself for following through on this mini collection as it's the first collection I've followed through on since my senior one for school which was uh... almost 6 years ago. Time flies, kids!

Here is a preview of what's happening in the studio:

Scallop dress pieces.

Fabrics being used for more tops like the Mod Faces top to be sold in the Etsy shop. Top one will have peter pan collar!

Until next time, happy sewing and happy autumn! It's the best time of the year!

Comments

  1. Great coat! I always have problems with Burda patterns. I'm not sure if its because modern patterns are not a well instructed, but none of my vintage patterns have been as weird as the burdastyle ones.
    Cant wait to see that scalloped dress too!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Latch Hook Rug Update

A little under a month ago I received all of my supplies to take on one of the biggest long-term projects I have ever taken on - a self-designed latch hook rug.

I don't know why, but I am clearly nuts. So beginning today I am posting photos each month, (preferably on the 1st of each month) progress of this gigantic shag rug. See how I started it here (scroll down past posting of my $10 dress). 

This is a photo of it today:

 Yes, I used the candelabra for scale. Haha. 
 This rug is really soft and is fun to run your fingers through. 

It doesn't look like much was accomplished, but though the number of packages we have gone through of pre-cut latch hook rug yarn already I have calculated that  we've used over 2500 strands for this ie.) 8 packages. I also just ordered 10 more packages of lime green since that's what I ran out of first and 6 more packages of straw yellow.


There is still quite a bit to go, but you see the blue row squares? Each of those are 10 rows. We cou…

DIY Trapeze Dress

I'm a pretty big fan of tent dresses (or trapeze dresses - call it what you want). They're simple, easy-to-make and you can have many variations of them. These are a fun style to wear for spring and summer! 
See this DIY from a Good Housekeeping Crafts book from 1971 - photos at the end of my own trapeze top from a while ago! (Bear with me on the photos here - this book is quite cumbersome and hard to scan.) 



Applique patterns, in case you wanted the dress to look EXACTLY like the photo. (But why?) 


How to cut the fabric efficiently. (This is actually pretty important cost-wise for you - especially with something this big.) 



Using pattern instructions from my patternmaking book from college, I created this swingy trapeze top a bit ago. I used sweater fabric from a thrift store find for the collar of this top. 

 I also opened up the back on the pattern to have a diamond shape. 

 It can easily be belted like in this photo for a blouse-y look. (Photo by Jane Chu.)

Have fun, kids…

The Lost Art of Rug Hooking

I am totally in love with the idea of this rug! But anyone who knows me shouldn't be surprised as I like stripes, vintage, and anything remotely psychedelic looking. 
The squares can be kept separate for rearranging or sewn together for a full rug. Be forewarned: these rugs take quite a long time to hook, so do this only if you have lots of free time. Or, I guess if you want to be working on it for years - whatever. 
On the contrary, these knots don't take too long to learn - mostly just muscle memory. You only need to buy a rug hook (which is still sold in most kits in craft stores) as well as the pre-cut yarn. In recent years, I find this proves to be slightly difficult as rug-hooking is a dying art, but you may be able to come across these yarn pieces online.





Of course, the fun part is that you can do whatever colors you want. I like this little chart that explains the reasons why you would pick each colorway - a little color theory here and there.  


And design your o…