I purchased this boucle with a slight crosswise stretch from Fabric Mart a few years ago. I always pictured a very simple top in this fabric. When I saw this top in the November 2015 Burda Style magazine I knew I had found what I was looking for.
I like the zipper detail on the left shoulder and the addition of ribbon as a decorative feature. The pattern called for petersham ribbon but all I could find was grosgrain, so I went with that.
The pattern also mentions using a 5″ zipper. I tried that but it left too much of a gap near the neck. I used a 6″ zipper instead and am very happy with the result. The extra 1″ allowed the zipper stop to be closer to the sleeve head and the zipper tab to go within about 1/8″ of the neck seam.
The front has darts that I consider to be very well placed in order to help with the fit of this top. My boucle does not show the darts well so here is a line drawing of the top.
I added 1″ to the length of this top. Other than that I made my usual size 34. I like the fit of this top and felt comfortable in it all day. I think the bit of stretch in my fabric helps this top feel comfortable as it is pretty snug.
I would like to make the dress pictured in the magazine as well as a sleeveless version of this top. Yes, I’m that pleased with this pattern.
This was a simple project, perfect for this time of year where we seem to be even shorter on time than we normally are.
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Every Fall I choose a cold weather coat or jacket to work on. My goal is to take my time and apply various coat making techniques normally above and beyond what is mentioned in patterns. I easily get bored if I work too long on one project and will begin to cut corners. In order to avoid this I came up with a plan a few years ago. Once the coat fabric is cut and ready for construction, I cut out another project. I work on the jacket between projects unless I’m on a roll with the jacket.
My most recent jacket is made from a wonderful wool coat fabric from Fabric Mart. I underlined the jacket with Kona cotton and lined it with a printed polyester from Jo-Ann Fabrics. I like the stability of the Kona cotton when underlining coats.
The directions were typical for Burda i.e. sparse but fine if you have made a jacket in the past. The pattern called for large snaps for the closures. I substituted the top snap for a button and bound buttonhole. The best tutorial I have found for bound buttonholes is Gertie’s. Her tutorial is the one that finally got me to successfully make a bound buttonhole a few years ago. Here is the link:
Gertie’s Bound Buttonhole Tutorial
The other changes I made were to add a back stay, shoulder pads and sleeve heads. I like to refer to Jackets For Real People from Palmer/Pletsch. The explanations and illustrations in this book are very well done and easy to follow. I also used this book to help me line the back vent. It was my first time doing this on a jacket. I had considered getting rid of the vent because I had never done one on a lined jacket. I’m glad I pushed myself to give it a try. I think it turned out well.
In conclusion, I like the simplicity of this jacket. I found the pockets interesting because they wrap from the front to the back. I’m happy with the result and I know I will get a lot of wear from my jacket. This jacket is perfect for cooler weather here on the Central Coast. I have begun the process for next year’s coat. Stay tuned…
From the magazine:
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