I promise, this is the last post for my 2013 makes! This jacket has been a real journey, and for no real reason. It started back in May 2013 during the Burda sew-along when I was checking out the patterns available on Burda Style. It look me a couple-a months to print and tape together, at the same time I went fabric shopping (yay). But it was September before I cut into the fabric. Once cut it sat simmering away for a few more months before it made it to my sewing table - by this time Papercut Patterns had release their new range which included a bomber jacket. Gee my subconscious must have been telling me something!
This is the Blouson Jacket 02/2013 #125 downloadable from Burda Style and available in sizes 34-42. Designed to sit on the waist with 3/4-sleeves. I stuck to the fabric recommendation and purchased a stretch satin from Global Fabrics (now The Fabric Store) - the touch is soft and dreamy, and falls beautifully. I think I may have been put off by how hard I thought it would be to sew, but it was actually quite stable and went under the machine like a dream.
I couldn't find a blue rib knit that I liked so went with a black for all the bands. I love it because it goes together without actually matching. I lined it with the same fabric, so the jacket can actually be worn either way - the only give away that it is inside-out is the zip. I used a black chunky open ended zipper.
Unfortunately not many fabulous photos of this, as I didn't make it for me, but daughter was refusing to allow me to take photos, preferring to be behind the camera with the same attitude! I'm pleased with the result after months of waiting to make its debut. Daughter is also stoked and wears it all the time.
I would recommend this pattern. It is really easy to sew together with just three pattern pieces plus the ribbing. Putting the zip into the ribbing at the bottom front was the trickiest, because the ribbing wanted to squish under the sewing foot while I was being careful not to sew too close to the zipper teeth. Slowly but surely and it all worked out.
More (not so flash) photos on my Flickr -->