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Tailored Jacket "herringbone"

Added May 1, 2011

by Ralf Schmitz

Berlin, Germany






this is a pattern from burdastyle german issue nr 2 from 2011. the jacket is on page 57 pattern nr 126. ít took me, what felt an iternety to finish this project, as it had a lot of details, i have never made before. the pockets, the collarsolution and not to forget the details on the sleeves.

for the material, i used a blend of wool and cotton in a light beige and light brown herringbone and i found really lovely vintage buttons to go with it. as my client has been quite experimental (thank you bernhardine for trusting me :-) we took a dark violet silk lining and i loved, what came out of the hours and hours of work!

i learned so much with this project and know now, that i should not be afraid of any difficult details. next thing on the agenda are two pencil skirts for this jacket. one in the same material and one in a contrasting dark beige! stay tuned :-)

Material Notes

wool-cotton mix in light beige and light brown herringbone
lining in dark violet silk
vintag buttons, maching threat, shoulderpads, interfacing and a LOT of patience :-)




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bohemian, Business, Classic
Cotton, Silk, Wool



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    May 11, 2011, 04.03 PMby violetta089

    Just awe-inspiring! This is so beautiful – I love the subtle way you played with the herringbone pattern on the flap pocket! I think those details make a garment really special.

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      May 11, 2011, 08.30 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      this is very kind of you to say violetta! i allways try to make something special. but it only works out every now and than the way i really wanted it!

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    May 5, 2011, 09.07 PMby Gabriele Yorlano

    Wow, Ralf…you are simply amazing! Bravo, nice job. I am always excited to see what is next from you!

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      May 6, 2011, 05.13 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you gabriele! i am almost done with it and will post the pix soon :-)

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    May 5, 2011, 01.23 PMby manola6176

    I love the fabric choice. We learn so much out of difficult projects. Good luck for your next tailored garment.

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      May 6, 2011, 05.12 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you vey much for this kind comment!

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    May 3, 2011, 02.09 PMby zaarissima

    wow! it is absolutly beautiful!!! great work!!!

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      May 3, 2011, 04.39 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      you are such a sweetheart! thank you!

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    May 2, 2011, 07.59 PMby Liora Litman-Cohen

    Did she pay well? ;-))))

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    May 2, 2011, 06.49 PMby domestic-divaonline

    Love the soft look and drape of this fabric. Looking at the close up details it’s apparent that you invested a lot of time into aligning the design in the herringbone, not an easy task. The breast pocket is impeccable and the purple lining is a brilliant choice for a beautiful contrast. Glad you’re telling yourself not to fear projects that present difficulties because you’ve demonstrated you have the talent to overcome them. I like to think of first time projects as pancakes – the first one might not look absolutely perfect, but the ones that follow will be!

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      May 3, 2011, 05.59 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear domestic diva! thank you so much for your encuragement and your kind words! and i promise, that more pancakes are yet to come :-)

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    May 2, 2011, 05.34 PMby sunnilj9

    It is positively GORGEOUS! What an undertaking! It looks so well made – congratulations on such a fabulous jacket. Truly beautiful and meticulous work!

    xoxo, Sunni

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      May 3, 2011, 05.57 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you so much for your lovely comment! it is really great, to have such friends here!

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    May 2, 2011, 05.25 PMby A Sewing Architect

    Great job! :) I love the purple lining as well! And i am might have just changed my pattern choice for the beige corduroy jacket..

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      May 3, 2011, 05.57 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear mandan! the pattern is really great and the fit is amazing. you will love it and i am soo excited to see your version!

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    May 2, 2011, 02.16 PMby Arnova

    WOW! How about a pencil skirt in dark violet silk?

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      May 3, 2011, 05.56 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      that is a cool idea, but as it is, we have done one in the same material and one in a dark beige (both lined again with dark violet silk!)

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    May 2, 2011, 11.58 AMby Liora Litman-Cohen

    Amazing work! very accurateand elegant,made delicatly with good taste.well done!i can only dream of projects this level…

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      May 2, 2011, 12.54 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      dearest liora! thank you very much for your kind words. and i am quite sure, that you would be able to do something like that jacket as well! (if you need help, i am only an email away :-)

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    May 2, 2011, 08.33 AMby Adrienne Hendrix

    Ralf again you amaze me with your wonderful works of art!!!! And I also am glad this showed on my activity page since Burda seems to be “hiding” peoples projects again. What a lucky lady to have such a wonderful jacket and I can’t wait to see the pencil skirts you make to go with it. I know you are enjoying your other new machine and I am sure we will be seeing more GREAT creations from your creative mind and hands. Happy Sewing Ralf!!!!

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      May 2, 2011, 12.53 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear adrienne! you do not know, how much this means to me. as this is the very first project i ever touched in an advanced level and i have been more than once short before throwing it out of the window, but now, as it is done, i am so happy! thank you again!

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    May 1, 2011, 07.51 PMby dottty

    Ditto and Ditto the above, its bludy beautiful jj:)x

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      May 2, 2011, 05.53 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dearest dotty! thank you sooo much :-)))

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      May 2, 2011, 08.28 AMby dottty

      And thank you soooo much Ralf for showing us all you gorgeous clothes jj:)x

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    May 1, 2011, 06.23 PMby janene

    I’m so glad you are my friend and this has appeared on my activity page, otherwise it would have disappeared to the depths of the ‘Burdastyle Triangle’ with all our other projects! As always… a beautiful job. Ralf, You take top prize for making the lines of the herringbone on the pocket flap line up with the front jacket panel. You are perfectionist personified! x

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      May 2, 2011, 05.53 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear janene! thank you very much for your kind words! i tried my best, to work as good as possible and i am happy that all the working hours have finaly have given me such a result :-)

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    May 1, 2011, 05.37 PMby nikotina

    OMG, this is amazing !!! Your friends are so so lucky ! i do hope they appreciate you the way you deserve : )

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      May 2, 2011, 05.51 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear nikotina! thank you for your kind comment. my friend loves the jacket as well and she is very happy, that it fits so good :-)

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