Wednesday, August 22, 2012's Lined Jacket Contest is hosting a lined jacket contest this August and I've entered!  Wish me luck!

I used Burda 7484.  Click to read my review of the pattern (i.e., an account of my harrowing fitting experience)--or scroll to the bottom for a long read.

Here's the finished product (lucky you!  you get to see a sneak-peak of my self-drafted, oyster-colored, satin, deconstructed-ruffle-neck shell):

Here's the jacket and the lining, side-by-side:

A shot of the shoulder pad(s):

Another photo of the finished jacket, on a hanger:

Detail of the ivory frog I used for the closure:

And a final shot...the inside of the jacket to show its lining:

My Review of Burda 7484
Pattern Description:
I first saw this pattern reviewed by Mimi G. who made the jacket in white (cotton?) and I just loved the style. It's a cropped, shaped jacket with a shawl/tuxedo collar (i.e., View A). It looked super easy (i.e., just two darts in the front and some shaped panels in the back) so I decided to buy the pattern a few weeks back. I was excited to try this pattern; I'd made one Burda (unlined) jacket before with mixed success and was ready to try again.

Pattern Sizing:
Here's where this project gets REALLY interesting. The pattern states the sizing as 8-20. I figured I was somewhere *around* a 20...maybe a 22. Nothing I can't grade up, right? When I received the pattern and began cutting out the pieces I noticed they said "for women 5'3" and under." OMG. I'm, like, 6 feet! I scoured the front of that pattern cover and sure enough, there it was in teeny-tiny print in a little bubble I can't even see on my computer screen--PETITE. I finished cutting out the pattern pieces, but had to walk away before ironing them, thinking about it too much, and having a small melt-down.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Amazingly, after all the gyrations I went through to create an altered pattern that would work for me, YES!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions? Super easy, though I did abandon them at the lining stage...I just went on intuition; I think I did some kind of modified bag lining. Getting the pattern to fit me was a totally different story: super frustrating!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Well, like I said, I love the unique shawl/tuxedo collar, and the fact that it is shaped in the front by two large darts (one under the collar from the shoulder seam towards the inner bust, and the other from the bottom of the jacket to just under the bust). I also liked that it came in a "cropped" length. Even though I'm 6 feet tall, I'm slightly short-waisted (proportionately) and have wide hips, so I tend to think tailored tops/jackets that hit at the high-hip are most flattering to my shape. The only thing I disliked about the jacket, which I figured I could easily change, was that the closure (just one) for this jacket is a small hook. I bought a frog closure that I'm thinking of using, instead.

Fabric Used:
The fabric is a cotton suiting with just a touch of lycra (probably 1%)--not too stretchy, but just enough for a slight amount of give across the back. It's off-white/light tan with a tiny gray stripe that you cannot see unless you're a foot away from the fabric!

I also used light-weight iron-on facing for the collar and the sides/bottom-back of the jacket.

For the lining I had some light-weight poly stretch lining. I think I bought these fabrics a loooong time ago from a Jomar in Philly.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Oh, my. Where to begin? Where to begin?! It might be easier to convey this to you in list form:

1. Muslin #1. Thought the petite might not be too bad of a fit after all, so I only dropped the sleeves 3 inches (I have to lengthen arms on regular women's patterns). I was a little concerned the 20 might be too small, so I graded up one size. Result: I looked like a circus monkey wearing a vest that was 4 sizes too small. There may have been some tears at this point.

2. Still working with Muslin #1. I slashed the muslin horizontally just above the bust (through the armhole) in the front and the back and dropped it by 2.5 inches. Then I slashed the side seams and added 1.5 inches just under the arms and graded out to 3 inches at the hip. Result: I looked less like a circus monkey because the jacket started to fit properly in the shoulders, but there was now a 4 inch gap I didn't seem to have bridged yet where the jacket should meet in the front. *Sigh*

3. Muslin #2. I redrafted my pattern pieces to incorporate the changes made to Muslin #1, plus I incorporated another four inches around (sides/back)--careful not to mess with the line of the collar! Result: The jacket now closes, barely, but I'm still a little to tight for comfort in the back.

4. Fashion fabric. I finally decide that my pattern is ready, but for good measure I add another 0.5 inches to the back center seam and another 0.25 inches to the side seams (and 0.5 inches to extend the collar by the back of the neck). I also deepened the armhole on the front jacket piece to give me a little more "forward" room. Result: Not bad, not bad. The only other adjustment I made at this point was extending the bust dart up another few inches (this was a "duh!" moment...after having dropped the entire jacket by 2.5 inches at the beginning). At this point, I'm just super-shocked that it looks ANYTHING like the pattern illustration!

5. Instead of a hook-closure, I used an ivory frog. I didn't want the frog to be the 'star of the show,' so I hid most of it under the shawl collar. I was aiming for something a little more stable (and beautiful) than your run-of-the-mill, industrial hook. The frog is beautiful AND functional! I love it.

6. I also added small shoulder pads...the jacket was a bit wrinkly between my pits and shoulders and I thought shoulder pads would help. They did.

7.  Lastly, I omitted the pockets.  Frankly, I haven't faced my fear of welt pocket construction.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would sew this again. Now that I have a pattern that fits me, I feel I've done all the hard work so the second time around shouldn't be too hard.

I love it, but...WHEW!


  1. This jacket is just perfect - well done. Off to have a peek at your other creations...

  2. Looks great! Love the frog closure too - this jacket style is an awesome one. Goodluck in the competition!