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Winter Swing Jacket

Added Jan 27, 2013

by madebymeg

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Back in August, I had begun brainstorming uses for this wool – a gorgeous Italian fare I got on sale for $10/yd (and also used to make this dress) – but I was having trouble conceptualizing exactly what I had in mind. I have a favorite light-weight green jacket that I wear all the time in the summer, and I wanted to make some sort of warm, easy-to-wear winter counterpart. After a lot of research, I had a pretty good inspiration board going. When I found the BurdaStyle pattern, I knew I could pull it off with just a few modifications.

For me, the trick to pulling off a jacket with this much fullness was all in the proportions. I shortened the length by about six inches, tapering to slightly longer in the back. I then shortened and angled the sleeves to reveal a bit more of my arms, which kept it from looking like the jacket was overpowering me. I also moved the welt pockets more towards the center front of the jacket to give some visual interest just above my hips. I originally sewed a real pocket behind the welts, but because it weighed down the draping so much I decided to just sew them up and leave them as fake welts for now.

You’ll also notice that I redrafted the collar of the jacket from the tuxedo/shawl collar to more of a coat/mandarin collar. This involved re-drawing the coat opening lines so that they were straight instead of sloped away from the center, and adding the collar from my coat pattern.

The whole thing is closed with two handmade leather straps and some slightly modified buckles.

I’m loving this jacket. Check out more pics and details at MadebyMeg.




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Classic

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    Apr 10, 2013, 08.46 PMby BeYou TiFul

    this is simply gorgeous!

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    Jan 30, 2013, 10.28 PMby Yuki M

    I love the beautiful and unique silhouette !

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      Jan 31, 2013, 04.07 AMby madebymeg

      thank you!

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    Jan 29, 2013, 07.52 PMby libra-s

    Great job!!

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    Jan 28, 2013, 11.00 PMby sewsweetviolets

    You did a really good job of making this pattern yours.

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      Jan 28, 2013, 11.29 PMby madebymeg

      thanks, it was fun to make!

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    Jan 28, 2013, 09.45 PMby Redsonia

    Your version is so modern and stylish!

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      Jan 28, 2013, 11.30 PMby madebymeg

      thanks! and it feels like a warm blanket, haha

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