The search for a go-to jacket pattern begins…. by cutting up a dress. Completely logical right?To Burda or Not to Burda

Jacket Take 1: Burda

Pattern: Burda 03/13 101, Size 38

Fabric: From a shirt dress, a cotton blend of some sort.

Ease: Difficult when you fail to understand the seam allowance notes. And in general lack of instructions.

Tidbits: So I am looking for a go to blazer pattern, and I discover that our local library has Burda magazines for loan. I read the reviews and discover that despite the lack of instructions, Burda outerwear is generally pretty well drafted. So I pick a simple blazer pattern, trace it out and then decide that I really want a colourful summer short blazer made out of a dress with very little fabric, why not make your test run a little challenging, eh?

Burda Jacket

Lessons: Upcycling has its challenges, and it this case after I cut the main pieces on the straight grain, the sleeves and collar were squeezed out of pieces every which way, and with seams in inconvenient locations. As the note about seam allowances on the instructions implied that they were included, when in fact they were not, I did a lot of unpicking and resewing with teensy seams. These two things made setting in the shoulders neatly impossible. Next Burda pattern tracing will include adding the seam allowance.

My favourite but is the hand stitching around the edges!

Burda Jacket

Even though I have worn this a bit – is that wrong? – I am not sure if I will make this pattern again as I have just been gifted this Ralph Pink beauty for entering a competition! Woohoo.

Me Rating: 2/5harsh.