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BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern Contest 2013 - Red Jacket

Added Feb 13, 2013

by matrowland

London, United K...






I made this double breasted jacket from red corduroy. It is based on the Frank Button Down Shirt from the BurdaStyle Vintage Modern book. In many ways it was a bringing together of almost all I have learnt in my first few months of sewing. I didn’t note down the exact pattern variation measurements but I will explain what I did as far as possible in case anybody would like to try something similar. I’ve marked it down as for men but I’m sure with slightly different tailoring it could fit a lady perfectly.

The jacket has a v-shaped back yoke, interfaced collar and cuffs, is lined and can be worn either with all the buttons done up or with one undone and the flaps folded down. The cuffs have a decorative piece with a blue button. The visible thread and front buttons are blue as well to give a nice colour contrast to the red. My main inspiration was a classic double breasted pea-coat. I was also thinking of the Victorian Redcoats and the jackets the Beatles wore on Sgt. Pepper. I wanted a more modern, casual look and slim cut, and a medium weight, so I used the bright red cord and modified a Burda shirt pattern. My personal twist is that the front flaps (and buttons) taper so they are at an angle. Oh, in the first two pictures the hem is slightly folded over. This is just because I didn’t straighten it out properly before having my photo taken. Oops!

Material Notes

The main fabric is a medium weight red corduroy. Any medium to heavy cotton or wool would work, I think. It is lined with a fine cotton. I also used heavy weight interfacing (iron on) for the cuffs and collar and light weight interfacing for the outer flap.




Garment Type
Casual, Classic
Corduroy, Cotton

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    Feb 22, 2013, 01.42 PMby elizabethd

    Terrific work! And you’ve only been at it a few months? Amazing.

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    Feb 21, 2013, 11.52 AMby kevinsews

    Very nice. Ditto on Martin’s comment. I started sewing and it’s difficult to find men’s patterns. Creating my own is something I’m just getting into. Keep up the good work and thanks for the insperation. Kevin

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    Feb 15, 2013, 11.52 PMby jaslyn117

    Very nice job! :)

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    Feb 13, 2013, 09.53 PMby martinK

    congrats, that is a stunnig beatiful red jacket! I am vey happy so see some more men fashion here. It is definetly underrepresented :-) curious what will come next!

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    Feb 13, 2013, 07.05 PMby Jamie Lau

    I love that you used a bright red corduroy and it’s so refreshing to see a men’s project! Thanks for sharing!

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      Feb 13, 2013, 08.41 PMby matrowland

      Thank you! I saw the fabric in the shop and it just suited my idea perfectly.

      The book is awesome, by the way! Most of them out there don’t have any men’s stuff at all, and it’s helping my technique a lot.

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      Feb 13, 2013, 08.46 PMby Jamie Lau

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the book and I hope to see more of your creations in the future!

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    Feb 13, 2013, 06.48 PMby MojoHollz

    Well made, and the color is definitly a stand out (I am of course biased as red is one of my favorite colors)! It looks like it fits like a glove too, very nicely done :)

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