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BurdaStyle’s first sew-along begins with this simple jacket.

Welcome to BurdaStyle’s first sew-along! Confused? A sew-along’s like a book club, but with thread and fabric. Together, we’re going to sew a new project every month. Join when you can. Skip when you want. This is a no-pressure environment! It’s all about sewing, fashion, and fun! I’ll guide you through weekly updates with tips, suggestions, etc., and I invite you to do the same in the comments below.

Let’s begin! I’m hoping we can bring some new blood to BurdaStyle patterns, so I’ve chosen a pretty basic pattern. Plus, I want to make sure we all have success with each one of our finished projects. (Know someone who’s never sewn a Burda before? Invite them to our sew-along! This is the perfect starting point for them. The more the merrier!)

The pattern I’ve chosen for our first sew-along is this jacket above, called Plaid Jacket. I’m not really a plaid girl, so I’m not going to be using plaid fabric, but you might want to for yours. (Total side note: Ever wonder what the difference is between tartan and plaid? The truth may surprise you.)

Let’s do our sew-along check-in on Sewing Sundays. And because this is an easy pattern, completing it in a month will be very doable, even for those with a super busy schedule. If you’re participating in this month’s sew-along, your assignment this week is to download and assemble the PDF pattern pieces, print out the pattern instructions, and buy your fabric and notions. (To me, the belt is what makes this jacket. So I’m going to buy extra fabric so that I have enough to also make a belt.)

So, are you ready? See you next Sunday with the pattern and fabric in-hand! (And comment below with your tips for this week’s homework. This sew-along is a collaborative process. We want to hear your suggestions, your ideas, your insight!)

WEEK ONE ASSIGNMENT: Download and assemble the PDF pattern pieces, print out the pattern instructions, and buy your fabric and notions.

If you’re new to BurdaStyle patterns, here’s a detailed how-to of this week’s homework…

1. Download and assemble the PDF pattern pieces:
• For each digital BurdaStyle pattern, you’ll find a pattern web page. Here’s the web page for the Plaid Jacket pattern. Click the “Add to cart” link on that page, and proceed to the checkout in order to download the pattern piece PDF. The number of pages within the PDF will range, but most patterns are between 30 and 40 pages. When you purchase a BurdaStyle" pattern, you’ll be permanently save the pattern in your BurdaStyle profile, so don’t worry about ever losing it.
• Once you’ve checked out and you have the pattern piece PDF on your computer, print only the page that has the Test Square. Print it on 8.5” x 11” paper, making sure you’re printing at the PDF’s actual size. Measure the Test Square to ensure you’re printing everything to scale. It should measure 4” (10 cm).
• Once you’ve confirmed that your Test Square has printed properly, print the rest of your pattern PDF pages following the guidelines above.
• Lay the pages out on a large, flat surface, matching the triangles, numbers, and letters at the edges of the pages. (For example, match 1a with 1a, 1b with 1b, etc.) Tape the pages together until you’ve assembled the entire PDF.
Note: Burda patterns available as free digital downloads do not include seam and hem allowances. 5/8" (1.5 cm) is recommended for seams and 1 1/2" (3.8 cm) is recommended for hems. Instructions may indicate otherwise, but if not, this is the standard.

2. Print out the pattern instructions:
• While on the pattern’s web page, click “Click here to download” underneath the Instructions PDF heading. This will open the pattern’s instructions in a new window of your browser. Here are the instructions for the Plaid Jacket. Print these out.

3. Buy your fabric and notions:
• On the pattern’s web page, you’ll see the fabric requirements under the heading “Amount of Fabrics”. No closure is used for this jacket, so the only notion you’ll need is thread. (Unless you’re doing a belt with a buckle, in which case, purchase a buckle as well.)

30 Comments

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    Oct 15, 2013, 05.22 AMby SewAshlyn

    Sew along is such a good idea. Maybe I’ll join in on the next one. I have so many ongoing projects right now with Halloween coming up.

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    Oct 8, 2013, 07.37 PMby hayleyrex

    HELP I printed out my pattern but there are no indications of size!!! I don’t know where to cut!!! I’m a size 42 or 16 US, which line is that?

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      Oct 9, 2013, 12.39 AMby FaithMorgan

      Hi hayleyrex. I think the size 42 is indicated by the second to last set of lines. (It is the small broken line next to the solid line.) The solid line on the outside should be a 44 and the innermost dotted line, is the 36. This is what I have been using anyway and it seems fine. Don’t forget that the pattern doesn’t include a seam allowance.

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    Oct 7, 2013, 12.27 AMby FaithMorgan

    Is anyone else making a muslin?

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      Oct 7, 2013, 05.31 AMby Denise Wild

      I’m not simply because this pattern seems to be such a loose fit. In fact, I read a few of the member projects that used this pattern, and one of the girls didn’t even add seam allowances, so I might do the same.

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      Oct 7, 2013, 05.51 AMby FaithMorgan

      That makes sense. I am going to do a quick one so I can see just how big it is. And, because I may want to change it up just a bit.

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    Oct 6, 2013, 01.58 PMby LakeWylieMom

    So, what day will new instructions be posted for the sew along?

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      Oct 6, 2013, 03.55 PMby Denise Wild

      Today! We’ll do updates every Sunday! :) Did you get that test square printed and measured?

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      Oct 7, 2013, 12.41 AMby LakeWylieMom

      Yes, I did thanks for pointing it out to me. It would be good o\if Burda would list what page it is on if not the very first. I simply didn’t see it.
      I am looking forward to the next step

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      Oct 7, 2013, 05.28 AMby Denise Wild

      Glad you got it! I’m actually going to do the next post on Tuesday instead of tonight. A couple more days for more people to join. Spread the word! :)

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    Oct 2, 2013, 05.35 PMby Nikki1016

    Hi, I’m new and look forward to this! I am very experienced but can always learn something! I’m hoping to make this for my daughter; it’s really a beautiful design!

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      Oct 3, 2013, 05.05 AMby Denise Wild

      That’s fantastic news! You’re so right, even experienced and advanced sewers can enjoy more basic projects. Looking forward to you joining us for this!

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    Oct 2, 2013, 04.35 PMby The Tropical Sewist

    Ooh, a burda sew along, what a neat idea! Would love to join in but I really can’t use a coat in the tropics….hoping very much that there’ll be a non-outerwear project in the coming months!

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      Oct 3, 2013, 05.04 AMby Denise Wild

      Tropics?? Jealous! :)

      Yes, we’ll do new garments every month, so there will definitely be lots of non-outerwear projects.

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    Oct 1, 2013, 07.54 PMby LakeWylieMom

    So, question, I am excited to do the first sew along. I bought the pattern, but don’t see the test page to measure the 4" square…can you direct me to that? I am getting the fabric from fabric mart online today as they are having a 40% off sale. I am excited but before I print it all off I really need that test square….???

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      Oct 1, 2013, 09.38 PMby Denise Wild

      That’s wonderful! So glad you’re joining us for this first sew-along!

      The Test Square is on page 16 of the PDF.

      Awesome about the sale!

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    Oct 1, 2013, 02.13 AMby Moimisie

    I think the sew-alongs are a great idea… I’m not a beginning sewer but it does help if you have “homework” and have to report back every week… could give me the push I need ;))… I won’t be joining for this one though…. because a coat in my part of the world is just not done hihihi… @cstahl: I checked out the fabric and I personally like it a lot… that is definitely a fabric I would choose if made coats. And it does say that its a coating fabric…

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      Oct 1, 2013, 03.57 AMby Denise Wild

      Yeah, homework and a push is always welcome in my book! ;)

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    Sep 30, 2013, 09.05 PMby chioquiroz

    This a great idea! I can’t join on this right now because I’m in middle of another project but we’ll keep checking it out since I’m pretty sure I would still learn a lot. Can’t wait for next month’s….

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    Sep 30, 2013, 08.57 PMby cstahl

    I’m thinking of this fabric…….thoughts??

    http://www.moodfabrics.com/coating-82145.html

    but I also really like the look of the sample with its soft cuddly factor……I just can’t find any I like. Suggestions?

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      Sep 30, 2013, 09.55 PMby TerezaSews

      I found some pretty black and cream plaid melton coating fabric over at fabricmartfabrics.com that says its felted and has a soft texture (similar to loden). It seems to be soft and a little bulky in the photos. Now I just have to figure out what else I want to score the free stuff!

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      Oct 1, 2013, 03.58 AMby Denise Wild

      Oh, that’s nice! I like that!

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      Oct 1, 2013, 04.02 PMby ambiguousbliss

      I love this!!!

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    Sep 30, 2013, 03.35 PMby kamar

    A sew along with Burda . . . excellent idea! I’m pretty new to sewing too, so this is great. I’m more of a fitted jacket person, so I may choose to make a smaller size and a different fabric as well. Looking forward to this!

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    Sep 30, 2013, 03.03 PMby MegH

    Love this jacket!

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    Sep 30, 2013, 01.34 PMby miniaram

    Hi!

    I loved the idea of a sew-along! I’m just a beginner so this jacket is a really nice start. I was thinking of using two diferent fabrics – one for the front, back and sleeves; and other to the borders!

    Ana

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      Sep 30, 2013, 03.45 PMby Denise Wild

      I’m so glad to hear that. Love the idea of a contrast border!

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    Sep 30, 2013, 03.47 AMby Denise Wild

    My first question is: What is loden cloth?? The fabric looks like a brushed wool or a fleece to me. Anyone?

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      Sep 30, 2013, 04.03 AMby TerezaSews

      I had to research that myself. The best explanation I found is that its a wool fabric that doesn’t ravel because its been felted or treated, making it durable and easier to use than a synthetic fleece. One source even claimed that it can be water resistant (not water proof).
      This pattern came in two versions in the print magazine. Version A was made up in a pretty camel-colored wool gabardine. http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/112010-gabardine-jacket
      I hope that helps you with your fabric selection!

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      Sep 30, 2013, 03.47 PMby Denise Wild

      @TerezaSews, thank you so much for that info about loden cloth. And I love that found another version of the jacket. I personally prefer this one to the wool gabardine, but great to know there are options.

      Thanks! :)

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