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We’re in the second week of our first Burda sew-along.

Are you joining us for our very first BurdaStyle sew-along? Here’s the beautiful coat we’re making.

This is the second week of the sew-along, and by now, you should have the PDF pattern pieces printed and assembled, and you should have your fabric purchased. (Haven’t done that yet? It’s not too late! Read our Week 1 instructions and catch up!) If you’re lucky enough to live in a climate that doesn’t demand a winter coat, first of all, can I move in with you? And second, consider my sister’s great idea for fabric: sew this jacket out of sweatshirt material, and use it as a quick cover-up after yoga class.

I chose this grey 80% polyester and 20% rayon coating (above) that looks like a brushed wool. Best part? It’s machine washable! And it was only $12/m, compared to a similar wool I saw at the same fabric store that was $38/m. EEK! I also wanted to make a belt, and instead of buying a contrast fabric, I found this black, wide, ribbed elastic and silver closure. I figured the elastic and closure would make the perfect belt for this jacket plus save on my cutting and sewing time!

So this week, let’s take things one step further. Here’s what to do…

WEEK TWO ASSIGNMENT: Pre-treat your fabric (if needed), cut out the individual paper pattern pieces, and cut and mark your fabric pattern pieces.

And don’t forget: PDF patterns downloaded here on BurdaStyle.com DO NOT include seam allowances. Add a seam allowance to your pattern pieces before cutting your fabric. (Although one BurdaStyle member made this jacket without an added seam allowance because she didn’t want it quite as loose. I might do that.)

As a side note, 3.4 yards seemed like a lot of fabric to me when I purchased it. Did anyone else notice that? I’ll have to see what happens when I cut out my pieces. I may be able to make a second garment. That was my only challenge and comment on last week. Do you have something to share about your experience with the sew-along so far? What fabric did you choose? Do we have any Burda newbies sewing with us? If so, how was printing the pattern? Easier than you’d think, right?


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    Oct 14, 2013, 02.20 PMby max

    Yes Denise! LOL! It’s fun to see the light bulb moment. Even more reason to sew for yourself!

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    Oct 13, 2013, 04.49 PMby max

    Hi Denise . Thank you so much for your explanation of grain. That is one of the first things I teach in my sewing classes. I always use the example of the twisted pant/jean leg because I think we all have experienced that!

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      Oct 14, 2013, 04.01 AMby Denise Wild

      Yes, totally! It’s a visual everyone can relate to. And don’t your students always respond with “Oooooh!! THAT’S why that happens!” :)

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    Oct 13, 2013, 02.36 PMby miniaram

    It helps a lot! Thanks :D

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    Oct 12, 2013, 06.10 PMby Catherine Bell

    I am a brand new sewer and very excited about this project!

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      Oct 13, 2013, 04.26 AMby Denise Wild

      Wonderful!!!! :)

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    Oct 12, 2013, 09.44 AMby miniaram

    Hi there :)

    Since I’m a beginner, I have two questions:

    If the pattern doesn’t have seam allowance, can we cut it the size above and use that extra for seam allowance?

    What are the consequences of NOT aligning the pattern with the grain fabric (I think this is the right term) ?

    Hope your project is going well; Rita

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      Oct 13, 2013, 04.29 AMby Denise Wild

      Hi Rita,

      For your questions…

      - You can’t just cut one size above. A seam allowance is a set standard (1.5 cm, 5/8"), whereas one size bigger is… bigger… but not necessarily by the same amount.

      - If you don’t pretreat your fabric, put your fabric on-grain, and/or if you don’t align your pattern pieces properly according to the grainline insructions on the individual pattern pieces, a garment will distort when washed. (That’s why you see those twisted seams on some shirts and pants. It’s because one or all of the above things weren’t done.)

      Hope that helps!

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    Oct 9, 2013, 01.46 PMby Meowmix42

    I am a new sewer and I believe this sew-along will build my confidence. I bought an animal print fleece for this project. I hope this works. I am open to any tips and tricks to fashion sewing. I cannot wait until I receive my first Burda magazine in November.

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      Oct 9, 2013, 05.27 PMby LakeWylieMom

      Don’t be afraid! You can do this. Oh, and make sure you add seam allowances to Burda patterns. One other thing that new sewers overlook is to make sure to lay your fabric out perfectly, straight of grain, no wrinkles etc. This will be really easy to do with fleece.

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      Oct 9, 2013, 08.22 PMby Denise Wild

      Awesome! And welcome! Fleece is SO perfect for beginners. You don’t have to finish your raw edges, and the fabric is very forgiving. WELCOME!

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      Oct 9, 2013, 11.20 PMby Meowmix42

      Thank you for the encouragement ladies…………..!!

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    Oct 9, 2013, 11.19 AMby LakeWylieMom

    Hey, since I hate to pay full price for fabric I thought I would pass this along. Today only Mood Fabrics has an online sale on two different fabrics. One is a really nice Italian Boulce, black and white. It is only $10/yd if there is anyone out there that hasn’t bought their fabric yet.

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    Oct 9, 2013, 03.14 AMby mademoisellemermaid

    Count me in too;)!!…I picked a sweatshirt-ish fabric actually…it’s a very nice black bamboo/spandex with a sort of fleece on the inside. It’s pretty wide, and 3 yards will definitely do it!! I didn’t realize there wasn’t any seam allowance in the pattern, and I cut a small. oops;)…The fabric has some stretch to it, so I think I should be fine. All black might be kinda boring, so I am thinking I’ll do an appliqué on the jacket back, along with a big bow belt…Happy♥sewing everyone!!

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      Oct 9, 2013, 03.51 AMby Denise Wild

      OMG, I LOVE the feel of bamboo/spandex. Jealous! Happy sewing to you, too!

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    Oct 9, 2013, 01.18 AMby FaithMorgan

    I noticed that the fabric requirement was high also. I am pretty sure that it is related to the use of the plaid (option B) and the way you have to lay out the pattern pieces on the plaid. If you look at the gabardine version the requirements are much lower.

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      Oct 9, 2013, 03.51 AMby Denise Wild

      Ooooh!! I’m sure you’re right. Darn. Could have saved some money. Oops. I guess that’s what these comments are for. Let’s stop others from buying too much fabric!! :)

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      Oct 9, 2013, 11.13 AMby LakeWylieMom

      That is a good catch, I didn’t see that difference either. I will have to go back to look at the pattern to see it. Well, here is to having extra, yummy fabric :)

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    Oct 9, 2013, 12.58 AMby LakeWylieMom

    So, this will be the first Burda pattern I have sewn. I am excited to start this simple one to get my feet wet. I drool over the Burda magazine that comes every month wondering what will be my first Burda pattern to make. I got my fabric in the mail today from Fabric Mart. It is 100% dreamy, yummy wool that was 40% off, so it was only $10.15 per yard! It is a dark olive with small teal and burgundy tick marks. If someone can tell me how to post a picture I will put one up of the fabric. Printing out the pattern was no problem. I am also planning on lining the entire coat since it is 100% wool I think this will make it really nice. I haven’t resolved what I will do about a belt, either a fabric one or a fashion one. I am leaning toward just making a fabric one then I can continue to look for another coordinating one in the future.

    A little about me – I have been sewing since I was 11 and just turned 37. I have made many, many dresses for my 3 girls, as well as a wide variety Halloween costumes. (Captain Hook, Neo from the Matrix, mermaids, pile of leaves, and a Tiana costume that I drafted my own pattern pieces and actually made it look like the Disney movie – this I was really proud of) I can make little girl dresses all day long with ease, but my weakness is in fitting adults with figure variations. So, I am working on taking online classes to educate myself on that and also bought books for references and to further that education. Next June I am going to take my first 6 day couture sewing class in Baltimore MD, and I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about that!

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      Oct 9, 2013, 03.36 AMby FaithMorgan

      I am SO jealous. Not only because you have been sewing for so long, but because you are focusing on technique. That couture class sounds amazing! Six days? I need to look that up in my area.
      I am the same way with Burda Style. Did you see the Burda Classic for Fall? I just got mine yesterday. I haven’t been able to put it down since. I have such a long list of dream projects already. Hopefully connecting with other people who enjoy sewing will help to keep me motivated.

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      Oct 9, 2013, 03.50 AMby Denise Wild

      Fantastic! Great story! And so glad to have you here for this sew-along. Your fabric sounds absolutely dreamy!!

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      Oct 9, 2013, 11.17 AMby LakeWylieMom

      Faith, I haven’t gotten my Burda for fall yet, I will anxiously await the postman…which puts a tune in my head we should adapt to the Burda magazine…Mr. Postman, bring me a dream, one l like I never have seen…. :)

      Yes, I am really excited about the sewing class, have you looked into www.craftsy.com sewing classes? I have signed up for a few of those, and they are really great. They do put their classes on sale so keep a look out if you are a budget shopper.

      happy sewing!

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      Oct 10, 2013, 11.58 PMby FaithMorgan

      Hi LakeWylieMom. I think I am going to have that song in my head now as I, not so patiently, wait for my Burda Style every month:) Is it here yet? I love craftsy too. I have some of their classes, I haven’t watched them all the way through yet….. The Susan Khalje one is really good. I want learn to do more couture sewing. I want to make things that are special. Things that I can’t buy, or can’t afford to buy! They just added a class on lining. I really need that. I have never lined anything. Can’t wait to try it. Did you start your coat? Can you put a link to the fabric? What fabric are you going to line it with?

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      Oct 11, 2013, 07.40 PMby LakeWylieMom

      Here is a link to the fabric I bought. The photo does not do it justice. It is dreamy. http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/Olive/Iced-Aqua/Multi-Tweed/Geometric-Wool-Suiting/Coating.html I am going to line it with just some polyester lining, nothing fancy, just a dark purple. On the craftsy class, I have done the fitting one and Susan Khalje one as well. I have watched both through, and am nearly done with my muslin on the Khalje one and am about to start modifying a muslin for a couple friends for the fitting class. It is Susan Khalje’s class in Baltimore I signed up for…I am so freakin’ excited! Well, I sent off my deposit, hopefully I will get the spot since it is 10 months in the future. On the lining, I have lined nearly all the dresses that I have made, my little girls are sensitive to itchy seams so fully lining everything is a requirement.

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      Oct 13, 2013, 12.55 AMby FaithMorgan

      Hi again:) Love your fabric choice. The color combo is so great. I especially like that they mixed the terra cotta and aqua. I can’t wait to see the completed project. That is going to make a gorgeous coat. Good eye, by the way. I didn’t notice how pretty it was in the first photo. I couldn’t see all the detail.
      I can’t believe you are going to Susan Khalje’s class. I am excited for you! Wow. I think that is the way to do it. Sign up early. I normally figure out I can do something after it is already full. I want to do one of the Paris trips. One day!
      I am hoping that if I practice lining things I will get good at it. I don’t know why, but I have always found it really intimidating. But, so much has changed since when I was sewing for my kids. The tools are better now. Hopefully it won’t be as scary.
      Where are you on your coat? I like how they have you do the pockets. I wish the pattern included instructions for lining. I am going simple for this one.

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