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Christmas Jacket

Added Dec 4, 2011

by ThreadTheory

Victoria, Canada






This jacket is currently in a brown paper parcel being mailed across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver Island as a Christmas present for my Mom. The verdict is still out regarding whether or not it will fit her – I sure hope so and can’t wait to see pictures of her wearing it. When I saw this jacket in the 9/2011 issue of Burda Style, I saw my Mom wearing it and just HAD to make it for her. I’ve made a misshapen skirt for her in the past and a baggy housecoat for my sister, but otherwise, I’ve had little experience sewing for someone else. Everything I’ve made (especially my “Country Jacket”) seems to end up fitting me, whether it is meant to or not. This jacket, I’m proud to say, fits me terribly and thus I had to photograph it on a hanger. It is made of a lovely grey wool, the sort which I always find myself buying, as well as a stiff velvet-lookalike, and gorgeous sapphire floral lining. The pattern was so simple to follow, despite how many pieces were involved and how brief the instructions were. Even though few words were used, every phrase was clear and succinct. I love how the seams are sewn facing to the outside, but was scared to sew my version of the jacket in this manner fearing that it would simply look inside-out. I think the fact that the shoulder seems are sewn in the normal manner saves the jacket from looking strange and I like how the seam allowances really emphasizes the curves and fit of the jacket.

Material Notes

Thick grey wool, some sort of polyester floral fabric (which I find always cuts the wind nicely when used as jacket lining!), stiff material with a bit of a nap but more body then velvet, buttons. I bought interfacing for the velvet but ended up cutting it all off as the velvet was a bit too stiff for the facings.




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Military, Romantic
Cotton, Polyester, Velvet, Wool



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    Mar 21, 2012, 01.13 AMby servareginae

    Very nice. The seams work.

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    Mar 16, 2012, 06.40 PMby skeeler

    Nice detail — I love that idea for seams!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 07.49 PMby Irina Schwab

    what a great project!

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    Dec 5, 2011, 04.26 PMby madebymeg

    this is really eye-catching. it seems that sewing the shoulder seams right side out is key. your mom should love it!

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    Dec 4, 2011, 09.40 PMby jennyrecorder

    Liked it in the magazine, love your version. Hope it fits your Mum and that she gives you much chocolate as a thankyou!!!

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    Dec 4, 2011, 08.09 PMby melongrowergirl

    Very nice! I’m also not for seam allowences on the outside, but on this jacket it looks like dekor, kind of eyecatcher! Love this material!

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    Dec 4, 2011, 05.44 PMby farintastisch

    Your version looks great! I actually don’t like the trend of having the seam allowances on the outside that much, but I was surprised how good that looked on the jacket. I also like your choice of interfacing, really cute! :)

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    Dec 4, 2011, 04.25 PMby infinite-plus-one

    When I saw this on the magazine I thought it looked terribly, but now, looking at your version, I actually think I will make it! Can you please post the pictures with your mom wearing the jacket when you have them? I would love to see how this looks in person (:

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      Dec 6, 2011, 11.42 AMby ThreadTheory

      Thanks for your comment, I look forward to seeing your version! I will post photos with my Mom wearing it as soon as possible (if it fits her, that is :S)!

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