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 :)