Thursday, December 29, 2016

Dress rain jacket with silk lining

My favorite "dress" rain jacket is now about 12 years old.  Despite its age, the lovely aqua color is still in style and fit is still so good...however, there are stains and discolorations that dry cleaning can't fix.  As sad as it is, I think it's time to pitch it.  Well, this is one of those times when I'm so, so grateful to be able to sew.  While my new version doesn't replicate that exact jacket, it's definitely a reasonable replacement.
I am a huge fan of this Burda Style pattern (B6747), especially after seeing the final product.  First off, it's actually designed for petites!  I didn't make a single petite adjustment (though the sleeves could be taken up by 1/2"...)   I sewed a straight size 10 and it fits well, with enough room for a sweater underneath.  The silhouette is obviously not fitted, but has a slight a-line shape.
The pattern has some thoughtful details, such as side seams moved forward to allow for a more ergonomic placement of the pockets, a different pattern piece for the upper and under collar (important for a good roll), and a collar "stand" that also contributes to the pleasant shape.

  
The original instructions call for a faux button over snaps.  I hadn't planned ahead for bound buttonholes, and I don't have the skills or gimp to hand finish a button hole, so I went along with the written directions.  However, I wanted to cover the male side of the snap, to make it slightly less obvious when worn open.  If you didn't see it the other day, I posted a little tutorial for covering snaps when working with thick fabric.
Horn buttons from Britex!
Yep, the green color is a bit bold.  Online it looked more "spring green" but in person it looks more "shamrock green".  Regardless, the color is definitely growing on me.  It's from Mood and listed as a water-resistant cotton canvas, intended for outdoor cushions and whatnot, but it is a great weight for this type of jacket. 
The jacket has a full lining and to up the luxury, I went with another bold choice--apricot gingham silk taffeta (also from Mood)!   I know the colors aren't a perfect match, but it was so beautiful and spring-y, I couldn't resist! 


Here are the jacket innards.  The sleeve hems are sewing on the machine (using a bag-type method) but I hand sewed the hem, with a pleat for the lining.
Action pleat in the lining! 
Overall, I am thrilled with my new jacket.  I love color, the vaguely vintage style and the lining just makes me happy.  I would be happy to make this pattern over and over again, as my jackets get worn out. Bring on the rain (but just for like, a day, please :)  







16 comments:

  1. OH, this is cute! The silhouette is very similar to my Clare coats, but with set in sleeves instead of raglan. I want to make a striped coat and I've been hesitant to use my Clare because of the sleeves. This might be a better option!

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    1. I am a huge fan of raglan sleeves, so I may have to try out the Clare pattern! By the way, I was totally thinking of you while making this jacket--bold colors!

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  2. That's such a cute coat. And very practical too. I have an anorak that I wear ALL the time, but need something else for when it's cold. This looks like a great option.

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    1. Well, this might not be too warm unless you add an interlining or brushed lining fabric, but it definitely can be layered! I might have to try an anorak next!

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  3. Really lovely. You should be thrilled!

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    1. It's been raining a lot lately, but this seems to dressy to wear around--I look forward to trying it soon, though!

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  4. its stunning. and beautifully made

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    1. Thank you--the pattern was fairly simple, so it allowed the opportunity to put in some extra effort in the finishes!

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  5. This is so cute! I love the color! Since im in SoCal i never thought to make me a rain coat. And this morning i had to run out with a flannel scarf over my head because its raining. You never cease to inspire me! I will have to head over to mood to get some of the canvas!

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  6. Great coat, it looks super stylish and love the colour, the covered snaps look fab too.

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    1. Thank you! I do love the covered snaps and am so happy I took the time to do them!

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  7. Stunning! You look fabulous in the green colour and I love the innards of the jacket as well. You have made great choices!

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    1. Thank you so much--it still feels a bit bold, but then again, I am not usually one to shy away from color!

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  8. Anonymous4:54 AM

    What a lovely coat--it exudes hsppiness. Hope you enjoy wearing it. Abbey

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    1. You know, it does make me feel happy--hopefully it performs well in the rain!

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