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Vogue 1099 (oop): Badgley Mischka Jacket in Bamboo Denim

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I finished this  Vogue 1099 (oop): Badgley Mischka jacket well over a month ago. But, didn’t have a hook and eye closure and didn’t know what to wear it with! 

The jacket, I think, can be a bit hard to wear. I tried a bias skirt in orange it just looked to ‘big’. My wide leg black pants made me look like a block since I don’t have  thin, six foot long, model legs.

So, this poor beautiful jacket has been languishing on my dressform for weeks. I finally figured out this Burda 9-2009 skirt I made last summer to wear and wore it to work on Tuesday. It was incredibly popular. My hyper critically fashionable boss complimented me on it. Twice. She’s way into modern detail on clothes. Plus, she was probably telling me to wear more blazers!

I first talked about making this Badgley Mischka jacket in May, THREE YEARS AGO. This is why I am working out of my stash folks. Three years go by before I can even contemplate getting something sewn that I have all the supplies for.

Me, circa 2009

I was able to try this jacket on during PR Weekend Portland 2009. It’s a little odd making a garment you’ve already tried on and seen made expertly. The good thing is that you know you’ll like how it looks on you. It’s a jacket I never would have though of if I hadn’t tried it on. The bad thing is you’ve got something to live up to! I’m not sure what size the on above is. The material (despite the bright blue below) is the exact same bamboo denim. I bought what was left in the store!

When I tried on the jacket, I could see (and remembered) that there wasn’t enough room in the bust despite the ease of the jacket. For my version, I sewed a 12 with a 1 inch FBA. I find it a little constricting in the back. But, then again, I don’t often wear woven jackets. I think I should have sewn a 10, my version is little more full. But, I don’t think it looks bad.

The lining is a floral cotton that I also got that weekend (because I had this jacket in mind) — or in California for PR Weekend LA. I honestly am no longer sure….. The pattern does call for a double collar — with organza for the inner collar. But, I didn’t have any and thought it looked just fine without.

I don’t know how to explain this, but I do not love the sleeve insertion — especially the lining. For the shell, there is little easing needed, but I found the sleeve head kind of flat and just ‘meh’ for my taste. For the lining. I don’t know what was going on. But, it took me a lot of pinning and thinking to make all the pieces work out. I know that’s not helpful. But, I was working on it at 11 pm on a Friday night and didn’t think to take photos.

I followed the directions to the letter including hand sewing  the the lining to my blindhem stitched hem. Good grief. I can’t remember the last time I handsewed a hem!

I would love to make this up again in seersucker (are you shocked by that), white linen or a beautiful black silk shantung. It’s a quick sew. I had the entire shell cut constructed and sewn in four hours. That includes the super annoying gathering on the sleeves.

As you’ve gathered, I mostly sew from Burda. I don’t mind Big 4. I just have a ton of Burdas and they have great designs and the fit works really well for me. I’m glad I saw this made up so I could try it. Plus, it’s interesting to see pages and pages of directions again after the two 100 word graphs that Burda likes to spit at you :)


Here’s my tribute to the Diamond Jubilee, of which I watched none. I cut off my satellite TV several months ago and still haven’t gotten an antenna for my TV. I mean I still have a Roku and Hulu, etc. Just not broadcast television. I’m a definite Anglophile. My parents are both from Commonwealth nations, the UK was my first foreign country visit and my mom lived in England for many years. I’ve also got a slew of cousins there. Plus, I do a wicked British accent when I’ve had a glass of wine too many. At any rate, Diamond Jubilee tribute:

My friend Liz got this Union Jack harness for Linus. He’s so stinking cute it’s criminal. I love the graphic nature of the Union Jack and have a ridiculous pinterest board dedicated to its use in every day objects.

My JacketCoat: Burda Magazine 10-2010-107

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While sitting at my desk wearing my Jacket/Coat, the scheduler says, “Oh, you still have your coat on. I guess your not planning on staying.” Hillarious. Yeah, it kind of looks like a coat. But, I’m wearing it as a jacket!! The fabric is really not that thick, but it is fulled so it appears to be thicker than it is. Later, she told me the contrast shawl collar looked like a scarf to her. Ha!

The pattern calls for wool velour. I’m not quite sure what that is. And, I honestly didn’t check the fabric suggestion before deciding to use this plum wool. I purchased it with Carolyn and Metro Textiles back in November 2007 at my first PR Weekend. Holy cow. I’d never spent so much money in my life on fabric. Hmm, happy to report that I’ve sewn all of those knits. And, now — just one of those wovens.  Oy.

My roots are awful. I swear I'm coloring them this week.

The pattern calls for a split collar. I’m not sure the design feature is noticeable enough to pursue it in future. I made mine in a contrast wool from the Carol Collection as I was short on material.

The entire coat is interfaced with a light knit fusible interfacing. The pattern called for the pockets, fronts, underams and upper sleeves to be interfaced.

Ha! I look like a flasher.

I did line the jacket. It’s not pretty (up close) but it’s done.  I don’t often make jackets nevermind line them. Mostly because of this hot mess. Maybe that’s why it’s taken me two years to try another.

The shoulders were too long on me by one inch. I reduced them 1/2 inch. That’s about the only alteration I’ve made (and could have taken more out of the right).

I made a two inch swayback adjustment.

From the side, it’s clear you are all right and I need to add length back to the bottom.

Carolyn is right. It’s so warm and cozy. Yet professional looking I don’t care if it looks like a coat or not :)

Pattern Review: BurdaStyle Magazine 4/2008 #107, Trench Jacket

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I’m DONE!

Whew.  The jacket is actually pretty straighforward construction. For this, I cut a size 40 and made a 1/2 inch FBA.

I added a center back seam to make my swayback adjustment.

The inside is finished with bias tape which I had to do when my serger died mid construction. But, it’s a beautiful way to finish an unlined jacket.

I made the back facing in the same contrast fabric as the undercollar and reverse of the chest gaurd.

The buttons were from a FabricMart.com bundle. The fabric is from a Michael’s clearance last year or the year before. Total project? Maybe $20?

I don’t know what happened to me, but my handsewn hem is terrible. If this jacket makes it through two weeks of China, I’ll have to even the hem out.

I do like all the topstitching. While cute, this fabric was all wrong for this jacket. It’s a very stiff denim – linen blend. It has no sheen whatsover and no drape. It was like making a jean jacket from canvas. The color is also pretty dull on me too. I’d like to find a summer scarf to spice it up.

I put the chest flap on the wrong side, not that I think it would make too much of a difference. I left off the pockets (made me look hippy) and the button loops. I don’t like this self fabric belt so I wanted the freedom to use a purchased one. I also placed the buttonholes too close to the front edge. My buttons overlap a bit too much.

I leave on Wednesday morning and for the first time in two months, I kind of don’t have anything to sew! I might try and make a sleeping mask. That could be done in an hour, tops. And, maybe an infinity scarf for the plane(s). LOL. I must be crazy.

The other fun thing I did this weekend was go to the drive in movie! Toy Story 3. I don’t know if I can go back to the theater after this.  So much fun!

I am so over this stupid jacket

16 Feb

dscf7586Maybe it was more than I could handle. Maybe it was doomed from the beginning. But, I am so over my first vaguely tailored jacket.

To summarize: I resewed the placket about six times to get it vaguely pointy, I resewed the pockets to change the proportion after they ended up being folded into the hem, I then had to hand sew them on because the lining was already in, I had to cut fabric out of the hem and re-shape it to get them to match.  And now that it’s done:

dscf7594I put the buttonholes on the wrong side of the centerfront line

dscf7582The freaking collar is lopsided and too tall

dscf7587The pocket position doesn’t match and the pointy placket is all kinds of wonky

I thought the fit was great until I saw a photo of the back. Which is so sloppy, I’m not even gonna post the photo.

Again I say: I am so over this jacket. I just wish it wasn’t from my Egypt fabric :(

ETA: I am still over this jacket. But, I’ve slept on it and read all your helpful comments. Thank you! Into the magic closet it goes until I feel like surgery. I can take of the collar to reshape, while that’s off replace the front placket and sort out the hem. Fixing the hem length will let me put the pockets into the correct position. I’m not sure where things went awry, but I suspect it’s from drafting my own lining and not getting the measurements right. Hopefully, this will make another appeareance in the fall.

Also, because you asked, here’s the back. Which, I can live with. The problem here is my hips are bigger than when I made this last and didn’t accommodate.

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Pattern Review: BWOF 5-2007-104

30 Jun

It took longer to take pictures of this jacket than to make it. I was up about 7:00 this morning to finish up the BWOF Jacket. Yip. Pee. It’s officially done and I quite like it. Because it’s so simple it can be casual and it can be dressy.

I also have to highly recommend this edition of BWOF. This is the second thing I made from it and there are several more I would like to make.

Pattern Description:
Fashionistas will adore this short jacket on which the seersucker fabric is worked lengthwise, crosswise and diagonally. Leg of mutton sleeves and wide front bands add extravagant details.

Full fledged review on PatternReview.com

Alright kids, I am off for some summer fun. Well, a picnic and a later BBQ. Still fun.