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Our sew-along jacket is coming together!

Yahoo!! We’re 4 weeks into our first BurdaStyle sew-along, and the jacket actually looks like a jacket! (Here, I’m trying mine on, and I’m quite pleased with it so far.)

How’s your Plaid Jacket coming together? Are you happy with your fabric? Any challenges? Any tips you want to share with everyone else?

When I sewed my pocket, I did it differently than in the instructions. I sewed the pocket fabric and pocket lining together, then flipped the entire pocket right-side out. I then stuffed the pocket into the pocket hole of my jacket so the fabrics (of the pocket and of the jacket) were right-sides together and the raw edges lined up. Then, I sewed along the raw edges, of course using a 5/8" (1.5cm) seam allowance.

So what’s next? I’m eager to finish this jacket so I can wear it!

Let’s next do steps 5, 6, and 7, which focus on the bank that encircles the jacket. (If you’re just joining us, here are the instructions for the Plaid Jacket. And here are the blog posts for Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3.)

And it’s time to pick a new pattern for next month’s sew-along. I’m thinking perhaps a dress. Definitely something our warm-climate members can join in on also. :)

WEEK FOUR ASSIGNMENT: Complete Step 5 (darts), Step 6 (sleeve band), and Step 7 (centre seam) of the pattern instructions.

Happy Sewing!


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    Oct 31, 2013, 01.35 AMby mademoisellemermaid

    I’m hoping to finish up my jacket in a day or two!!….I got all the way up to adding the band, and everything was looking great!!…but for some reason when I added the band, it pulls at the corners very strangely. I’m thinking I should have used grain A, in stead of B…or perhaps I made some other cutting mistake!! Anyhow, the look in general wasn’t too flattering for me, so I am doing some pattern hacking LOL…I’m scraping the pattern’s band and adding a ruffle (about 4" wide) all around. I’ll post pics if it turns out cute- like I hope it will;)!!…I sewed the pockets in differently too. I sewed each pocket piece to a front or a back before sewing the side seams. Then I sewed the side seams and pocket pouches as one continuous seam!!

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      Nov 1, 2013, 11.03 AMby Denise Wild

      Oh that’s a fantastic idea about the ruffle. Can’t wait to see. I forget what grain I used for the band…

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    Oct 27, 2013, 11.33 PMby Catherine Bell

    Oh my goodness the pocket instructions were crazy – I unpicked 4 times (; I will try your way for the other pocket.

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    Oct 25, 2013, 10.51 AMby miniaram

    Hi :) I already finished mine! I had some trouble matching the side seams with the pocket opening but I can still fix it by hand… For example, I only sew the end of the side seam after finishing the pockets in order to have more flexibility to assemble them. On the rest, I started with the sleeves, because it seamed easier to understand the instructions and it went quite well! So I managed the collar the same way, i.e., I took the same steps and placed the fabric the same way like it was one big sleeve. The only step I really didn’t understand was the central seam in the back collar piece? What is that for? my pieces didn’t needed any sewing there and I didn’t thought it looked that nice, so I don’t have any center back seam (in the bottom).

    I have some pictures here for the pocket and sleeve: https://plus.google.com/photos/108179095378094619903/albums/5938640617777886609?authkey=CO-Q0tyv0a-w0wE I still don’t have any pictures of the final result, but they will come :D

    Happy sewing!

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    Oct 25, 2013, 01.03 AMby Frannie23

    Wow, looks great! Is this the gray wool you showed us week 2?

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      Oct 30, 2013, 06.08 PMby Denise Wild

      It is! I Instagrammed this, so the colour came out a little differently in this image.

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