The Wool Jacket is back!

Remember how my wool jacket had no lining in Brazil? Well, I finally chose one! I did some research because I didn’t want the slippery traditional lining when dealing with the L darts and whatnot. According to Vogue Sewing, cotton is also anti-static. I found this cute cream quilting cotton with a pretty pastel grey…

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How did they miss that?

I think Burda should hire a proper tailor. Or buy some push-up bras and stuffing. Okay, pop quiz time! Are these jackets from Burda’s December 2013 issue fitting this starving young lady well? The answer is NO! The fabric on the Chanel-esque jacket is collapsing where her curves should be. The red jacket has entirely…

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Wool Jacket Update

I am so happy with this jacket! Except for the fact that winter is almost over… At least I will have a beautiful couture wool jacket to decorate my closet during our tropical summer.  Now remember that lumpy lapel? It is beautiful now! Thanks to some reader tips and Gertie’s video tutorial, I solved my…

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A Tale of Two Stitches

Even though I’ve been researching for my Silhouette Project, I’ve been sewing my Wool Jacket. I have new calluses on my fingers from all the hand stitching! Now this is the first project where I’ve used catchstitiching, and it is so effective!  As you can see here, my side seam stands up even after pressing…

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My Wool Jacket Muslin with the finishing touches

I have finally finished my jacket muslin (Burda 11-2011-15)! My husband’s boss asked him to work on a vacation house, so this was the only project I packed so I could focus! We were there for two weeks, and I spent all my sewing time working on it. I nailed the shoulders, but had to…

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Holy Cow Batman, those are some darts!

Also known as the front bust shaping darts in my wool jacket muslin. They took 6 steps to finish! Crazy. Here’s how they started. Burda’s directions left me scratching my head, so I had to muddle through hands on. I took pictures of the second one just to show you. Luckily all my mistakes in…

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Wool Jacket Muslin Part 1

For my jacket posts, I’m going to include my process along with tips from my jacket class last summer. As seen in my previous post, I am clearly not an expert. I am hoping for feedback, shared experiences, tips and tricks, and questions/comments. These are for me to learn and share, so feel free to…

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Fitting and pattern adjustment for my Jacket with a SNAFU

This jacket is Burda 11/2011 Plaid Wool Jacket #115, and I don’t even like the magazine photo. See? The styling is really sloppy. But when I looked at the online photo, it was LOVE! Its a basic single breasted trench with BIG pockets but my favorite part is the curved hem detail. I never would…

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What an awesome Jacket class!

I have been so busy working on my MA in Asheville, but I’m never too busy to sew. I signed up for a Cynthia Guffey jacket fitting 4 day workshop! She was at the local fabric store Waetchers. This place was a seamstress’ candy store! Anyway, We used Cynthia’s basic jacket patterns with princess seams…

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Budgeting My First Coco Jacket

Planning for a Chanel style jacket is insane! I ordered the pattern from Stylearc and they shipped it before Easter. As soon as I got the shipping notice, I began pacing. I want this jacket to be sewn couture. I want it to look amazing. I started reading up about the Chanel style and all…

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