Burda Style 10-2015-121 – Blouson Jacket or What I Wore to Meet Leslie Sbrocco

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My fashion photographer and I enjoy food.  I love to cook and try new recipes but we also enjoy discovering new places to eat. One way we stay on top of the local restaurant scene is to watch Check, Please! Bay Area on our local PBS station. The weekly show features three guests who each talk about their favorite restaurant. The show is hosted by Leslie Sbrocco, a wine expert with a fun approach to wine and food. Leslie is a regular guest on the Today Show as well as other shows where she shares her knowledge about wine.

This year my fashion photographer and I were able to attend the annual Taste and Sip 2017 in San Francisco. It is an event hosted by Leslie, featuring local restaurants and wineries. Of course I needed something new to wear! San Francisco in the evening is always challenging for me. You never know how “cold” it will be. I wanted a jacket to layer over a sleeveless top and pants.  I purchased this stretch metallic denim from Fabric Mart last year with a blouson style jacket in mind.


This Burda Style jacket has an 80’s vibe to it that appealed to me when I received the magazine in 2015.  I like the length of it because it allows me to wear longer tops than I would wear with a bomber jacket. The pattern is well drafted and came together easily. Tracing the pattern was a little more challenging as the pattern pieces are used for multiple jackets in the magazine. The pattern calls for folding the front over the zipper to cover the teeth. I didn’t want to do that because; A) I noticed that it pulled at the waist because of the elastic, and B) I liked the shiny gold zipper I purchased from J & N Zipper . I forgot that by not folding the front, the collar was no longer going to finish at the zipper, as designed. My collar is a nudge short 😦   I decided not to cut a new collar and call it a design feature.

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I like the fit of this jacket a lot. It felt good to wear and added to the fun of our evening.


We had not planned on doing any fashion photography but arrived early enough to walk around and take pictures.


I was completely star struck when I saw Leslie Sbrocco. People were asking to have their picture taken with her but I was too embarrassed to do that. My fashion photographer noticed her walking towards us (I went into panic mode) and asked her if she would pose for a picture with me. Leslie immediately scooted in and put her arm around me. She was warm and gracious AND told me I had a beautiful jacket. I don’t know what I said but I know it was something banal like “I watch your show every week and love it”.  As if  she’s never heard that before. Sheesh!  I look like a deer caught in the headlights in the picture below but I still like it because it reminds me of the wonderful time we had sipping and tasting away the evening.

Leslie and Lucy

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20 thoughts on “Burda Style 10-2015-121 – Blouson Jacket or What I Wore to Meet Leslie Sbrocco

  1. How fun! You look lovely in your beautiful jacket, and certainly look like someone who should be hobnobbing with tv stars! That fabric is gorgeous and fits the style of the jacket perfectly!

  2. I love your jacket! I noticed the short collar and thought it was brilliant … I get annoyed with collars in the front! I was surprised when I read that it was an accidental design element!

  3. OH my gosh, your jacket is absolutely beautiful I love the fabric and style lines. You look stunning and very chic. I’m inspired to say the least!

  4. wow that jacket is fantastic, the shaping and details are more visible in your version. that show Check please is addictive and don’t you want to jump in your car to try a new place each time you see it, I do 🙂

    • Thank you Beth. I agree with you about wanting to run and try the restaurants after the show. I’ll watch for you in Bay Area restaurants 😉

  5. What a fun evening! You look great, and don’t resemble a deer in the head lights at all! Perfect pattern for the fabric.

  6. It’s a really fun jacket! I’m glad you had a fun time. I love to cook as well but am not as adventurous with new restaurants. Hopefully I will branch out more when I have older kids.

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