Wool Cashmere Hikaru
Added Mar 28, 2010
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This was my first attempt at a Burda pattern, and it was by far one of the easiest, well drafted patterns I have worked with yet. I already have a lined wool pea coat for winter, but I wanted a jacket that I could wear in fall and spring, when the temps are cool but not freezing. I stuck with the original design, only grading it down to a 32 and shortening the length of the peplum to fit me (I’m short but my waist was in the right location from the original pattern). I wanted to use the same amount of buttons on the front, but I couldn’t find 14 of them so I had to use only 10. The buttons on the front are 20mm, the rest (shoulders, pockets, and cuffs) are 18mm.
Charcoal gray wool-cashmere-polyester blend. This fabric has a luxurious soft hand with quite a bit of stretch – I am not sure exactly what it is or how it was woven, but the wrong side is similar to the wrong side of some power stretch fleece. Because the fabric had so much stretch, I used a steam iron to shrink it down after cutting the pieces out, which gave this a very close fit. For the lining, I used a polyester stretch woven that also had a fair amount of stretch.