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Wide lapel cropped jacket in grandma's old fabric

Added Sep 18, 2010

by nellekejasmijn

Abcoude, Netherl...






This is my first attempt at sewing clothes. And my first attempt at understanding patterns and instructions. I used fabric from my grandmother, who has recently reached the age of 92, and who now can’t sew anymore.
I didn’t have anyone who could help me figuring out what the instructions meant. This made it extra hard for me but also made me extra proud of the result :)
I tried to follow the instructions and only changed the length of the sleeves (shortened them).

Material Notes

firm cotton/linen mix-like fabric
striped lining fabric (not visible on any of the pictures)
2 buttons, + 1 for the inside




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type

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    Apr 15, 2012, 11.53 AMby jannekeweidema

    If this is your first attempt, I think you should definitely continue sewing!

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    Feb 16, 2012, 05.16 PMby pititemarjo

    Waouh, I’m so impressed. You did incredibly well, and you obviously have sense of style, too. Congrats !

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    Aug 13, 2011, 09.52 PMby pamela gozho

    you give me hope

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    Jan 30, 2011, 11.04 AMby lynzlyles

    red pasley velvet, this pattern can hardly wait….. :)

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      Jan 30, 2011, 11.05 AMby lynzlyles

      p.s.! super great job! if u could have only seenmy first project…. u’d still be laughing :) lol

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    Nov 30, 2010, 10.22 AMby loyl8

    great job on this!!! super cute!!

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    Nov 21, 2010, 12.30 AMby lagrandaja

    it looks great on you! When I saw it in burda i didn’t like it but thaks to you I am thinking to sew one for me:))))

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    Nov 2, 2010, 10.14 PMby sewinl0ve

    First try you say? It looks absolutely fabulous! You’re a natural! Keep at it, girl!

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    Oct 26, 2010, 07.47 PMby annaelisabeth

    this is the most gorgeous first try project i’ve ever seen. very brave and u did such a great job!

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    Oct 15, 2010, 08.47 AMby tine94

    WOW! this is a great first try, especially with a pattern, they make sewing more confusing. :D well done.

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    Oct 12, 2010, 09.07 AMby littlegirlbighair

    wow! you are very talented! This looks beautiful

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    Sep 24, 2010, 12.18 AMby daicrinne

    Very flattering on you. Nice work!

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    Sep 20, 2010, 08.53 PMby peaches2218

    I was considering trying this pattern, but I wasn’t totally convinced. It’s nice to see it on a real person. It’s cute! I might just be convinced. Good work!

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    Sep 20, 2010, 10.45 AMby bttn

    beautiful jacket! and you look so good in it!

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    Sep 19, 2010, 04.56 PMby helluvaguy

    If this is your premiere work, it seems you’re a natural. I can only take a bow in respect. The jacket looks fantastic, just like you details. I really like the buttons. I find it always hard to find the right ones.

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    Sep 19, 2010, 10.56 AMby nellekejasmijn

    thank you all for your kind response! :) I really like my jacket too. So much, in fact, that I haven’t worn it yet. Too afraid of spilling anything on it…haha…

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    Sep 19, 2010, 10.43 AMby zaarissima

    Wow! a wonderful jacket!

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    Sep 19, 2010, 07.21 AMby hand-quilter

    Cute jacket! I love to colour and button combination! x

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    Sep 18, 2010, 08.14 PMby ijada13

    Wow this is amazing! Such a great piece, especially for a first time. Did your grandma teach you? I would be so proud to have produced something like that! Well Done!

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    Sep 18, 2010, 07.58 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    First piece sewn by yourself?? Be so very proud!! Your jacket looks beautiful and seems to fit you well! Keep up the excellent work!! :-)

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    Sep 18, 2010, 06.28 PMby maria3

    Very pretty.

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    Sep 18, 2010, 05.15 PMby kelerabeus

    Really good job on your first project, I totally love this pattern! I just made myself this jacket in other version, with a peplum on the back. Fits great, right?!

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      Sep 18, 2010, 05.23 PMby nellekejasmijn

      Thank you :) Yes, the fit is perfect.

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    Sep 18, 2010, 03.15 PMby tanitisis

    This looks awesome! (And actually makes me want to try this pattern…)

    What an amazing first project.

    If you want to keep the front from flopping down on the one side, you could hand-sew a small snap there… but if you like it the way it is, no worries. It is awesome! :)

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      Sep 18, 2010, 03.22 PMby nellekejasmijn

      I’m so happy that you like it :) I was thinking about that front too… Maybe I will put something under there, It would be a more neat look that way.
      Thank you so much for the kind post..

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