I have jacket fever.
I am so done with sewing empire-line maternity dresses. I am so done with 95° + humidity. I am so ready to sew a bunch of fitted fall jackets and skirts with funky linings and lots of detail.
Yeah, I know I already posted a fall sewing plan with more garments than I could hope to complete. Guess what? Here are some more!
Next, a motorcycle-style jacket (Burda 7735) made from the same gray cotton I used for the bag in the previous post, and an olive floral print cotton lining. (I admit I had my eye on the print for a while but couldn’t figure out what on earth I would make from it. The idea of using it for a lining came directly from the pouch project.)
I wasn’t sure how I felt about the collar on this one but after sketching it out I kind of like it. Belt might be a bit much. We’ll see.
And while we’re at it, here are a couple new Burda envelope patterns that showed up online this week. Thankfully I haven’t bought either the patterns or the fabric for these yet because there’s no way I would get to them and I don’t know how wearable they’d be for me anyway.
These long fitted jackets were everywhere on my favorite Korean clothing site a couple years ago. I love this style but (a) the largest Korean sizes are too small for me and (b) I can’t really pull off anything that looks like a suiting blazer. Ah well. Nice to know I could make one in my size if I wanted. Here are a couple of pics from the Korean site that I liked:
Also, I think I’m on a motorcycle jacket kick. I love this one too. Probably wouldn’t look as nice on me as on the skinny-legged model but how cool would this be in a plaid houndstooth? Much nicer than the blouse-y version in the upcoming August Burdastyle:
Ok, and now I will admit that against my better judgement I went ahead and started muslining the Hikaru jacket. Yes, I know I’m 7 1/2 months pregnant but I reasoned that I could try it on open and most of my fitting issues are generally with the back. I cut a straight 40, which is a size up from what I used to cut on top, and made it up without any alterations (except to shorten the sleeves by 1/2″). Nice pattern! Now I see why everyone raves about Burda’s drafting. Anyway, here it is:
I realize now that I have no idea if it will be flattering or not given my current shape. I like where the seam lines fall on the back on the 40, although I feel like the shoulders are falling off of mine and maybe it could come in a wee bit at the side seams. I can’t tell if the shoulder thing will be fixed by stiffer fabric and maybe some shoulder pads or if I should shorten the shoulders a bit. I’m considering making the following alterations and forging ahead
- shorten shoulders by 1/4-1/2″
- take in side seams at the waist by 1/4″
- slash and spread the base of the back peplum by 1/4″ on each side
Alternatively I could save my fabric and wait till I have a shape to fit it to. What do you think? Am I crazy?