My JacketCoat: Burda Magazine 10-2010-107

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 🙂


  1. Perfect colour, perfect cut, totally flattering shape!

    I have to say, you’ve been really on your game lately. Granted, you and your garments always look frigging great, but wowsa, for the last couple of months, you’ve been lookin’ especially incredible! I’m just saying!

  2. I am so loving that jacket/coat, great job! Also love the color combination.

    By the way, had no idea your hair had gotten so long. I need to stretch out mine more often and show off the length.

  3. First I’m glad the coat is warm and I didn’t realize that the fabric was from that first Metro Textiles trip! And it did turn out beautifully!!! As for the jacket comment, just ignore it.

    I’m really enjoying all of your recently sewn garments too!

  4. It’s lovely on you.
    Sometimes necessity gives a good return, and the gray contrast is a case in point as it works very well. A nice professional look, especially with the leather belt but not too tailored, which I know you don’t love.

  5. Very nice! You really have inspired me to try some of the patterns in Burda that I might not have attempted otherwise.

  6. Look at your tiny, warm waist in that gorgeous jacket! Wonderful result from the pattern. You made a great decision to interface the whole thing, it looks stable but not bulky. Bravo!

  7. It looks wonderful on you! Your waist looks tiny and the color is extremely flattering on you. Maybe now you will be more excited to sew jackets. Congratulations!

  8. Your jacket coat looks great. On the length issue, I always add that length back in over my rear (a sort of “reverse swayback” if you like, because that’s where the curve that requires the fabric is. So you are moving the fullness FROM the small of your back TO your rear, rather than to the end. Kenneth King did an article on moving fullness in skirts (width-wise) that was a lightbulb moment for me. Try it. I promise you will like it. Amongst other things it makes it easier to get your grainline back on true.

  9. You need ten thousand other tops in that aubergine color-it is absolutely lovely on you! I agree with your assessment of the fit issues, but I honestly don’t think they’re so obvious that it should stop you wearing the jacket. It does look SO cozy!

  10. I think it looks great on you. As you said, it looks cozy & warm. Lovely color, too. BTW, you need to work on your lewd leer so that you can perfect your flasher pose!

  11. I do like this one a lot and the work is very good. I’d love something like this in a knit for our mild winter.

  12. i wish i had that pattern…i love it! love the plum, love the fit, i can imagine it’s coziness. good job!

  13. Your jacket looks fantastic, i love the two contrasting colours and you coordinate with your walls perfectly!

  14. I LOVE your coat/jacket. The color combination is great and looks beautiful on you. I am so envious of your ability to make alterations. I was looking through your sewing machines—I have a Pink Morse too!!!

  15. That is so chic! I love it! And looks warm too. It’s about 8 degrees here today, so something warm for the office is very appealing to me.

  16. Your jacket is beautiful. I am a new reader to your blog. I love that you sew a lot. I am making more time to sew again. Happy Holidays

  17. Lovely! The colours are neat together and really suit you. I think aubergine goes with so many things, it is almost a neutral!
    Hatty’s comment above about the ‘reverse’ adjustment over the buttock sounds good to me. I’ve been analysing SBA’s lately and did a recent post you might be interested in, and I’d love to hear your opinion too!
    And if you could show me an adjustment that would give me a waist like yours….!

  18. Another fabulous thing :-)..
    But you know, it does look like a coat. No way can it pass for just a jacket. When you say “it’s not thick it’s fulled”, that’s not totally accurate, fulling always thickens a fabric. But considering the temperatures lately, I think you’re perfectly entitled to wearing a coat inside :-).
    Have you looked at the fashion incubator tutorials on how to bag a jacket? I used to cry every time, but this has really fixed me up, and the results are better than ever before..

  19. It does look professional and offices are often quite cold. You can call it an in-between, warmer than an office jacket, but not for outdoors. Once when I tried on a home-sewn dress my husband told me I looked like Moses coming down from the mountain. People will say anything. Some of which must be ignored.

  20. I love the jacket/coat. You made it wear it however you want. The color looks great on you and i love the choice of the contrast color of grey. It’s beautiful!

  21. Cidell, I love your jacket/coat! It looks awesome on you. I really enjoy reading your blog. I thought you might enjoy seeing this sewing machine since you love vintage machines:
    It says it is from the 1800’s. I had never seen a coffin top like that. I am looking for a new machine for my mom for Christmas and happened upon this. Thank you for your wonderful blog! I get a great deal of pleasure reading it. Kathryn from Topeka, KS

  22. Don’t you love it when others feel they can pass comment on what you wear (or anything else). Do they look at themselves in the mirror or just assume that everyone feels that their fashion ‘rules’ are the only ones used? Excuse me while I vent – hate rule-making people esp, when theri rules are narrow!

  23. Красиво и хорошо сшито, и цвет, на мой взгляд, вам очень идёт

  24. That jacket is so sharp! The plum is a beautiful color on you, but I also like the contrast for the collar. Total win!

  25. This is fabulous. Totally unexpected color combo. I have to admit, I wasn’t so sure about the shape or contrast collar when you first posted about it, but all these features look awesome in the end. (and absolutely perfect on you.) This is inspiring me to feel better about some of my own fabric choices that I’ve stashing for future projects. Yay!

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