Monday, 21 July 2008

Burda World of Fashion 3/08 Jacket 103

Take that BWoF 3 dot pattern - I conquered you in one day! Well except for the tracing out, I always need a lie down after doing that and so I had traced off the pattern the evening before, but the cutting out and sewing was completed in a day (nearly the whole day though, good thing I don't have any kids yet!)

During my lovely three days of uninterrupted sewing, afternoon napping and newspaper reading in the sunshine that I indulged in last week instead of going to work, I managed to finish two jackets, two dresses and two skirts, save a bit of hand sewing for hems here and there. The one I am most proud of is a jacket I made from BWOF 3/08, jacket 103:













I made a straight size 38, only narrowing the shoulder width but making no other alterations and it fits perfectly for the size I am now, and I think that when I get bigger I can move the buttons over to make it less of a double breasted jacket to a bit more a single breasted style to accommodate my growing belly. I made it from a very small black and white check fabric that I bought from Spotlight over 2 years ago on sale for $6 a metre, used some thrifted lining fabric and buttons, so all up I'd estimate this jacket cost me around $10. Here is a photo of me squinting into the sun, not my best angle I must say but I'll take whatever sunny spot is available for photos at the moment!

The jacket turned out wonderfully, even my notched collar is perfection if I do say so myself! I mostly ignored the BWOF instructions although I followed the collar instructions and amazingly understood them. I must be getting better at these I think! Oh the other change I made was to make the sleeves full length rather than 3/4 length, which is why the cuff is humungous. MaryJ you are so right about allowing extra length at the front to accommodate a growing bump - I have remembered to do this on the dresses and skirts I've made but didn't do it for this jacket, but hopefully it won't be too noticeable for when I get massive.

A small warning to anyone else contemplating this pattern - if I wasn't pregnant I would be a bit unhappy with the style because it certainly adds volume there in front which if you don't have a pregnant belly you may not want to highlight! But otherwise it is a lovely jacket, with two pleats across the back that line up with the princess seams of the back bodice.





I wore this to work today with some black pants that thankfully still fit - and by fit I mean stretch under my belly and also around my expanding rear end and thighs! Sadly I am growing in those areas too which is why I can't really wear that grey suit I posted about a few posts ago, it is definately time to lay off the chocolate bullets..... But the jacket landed me lots of compliments today, some from complete strangers which is a nice way to come back to work.

10 comments:

  1. Great jacket! Love that pattern.

    And you know, you need to grow a bit in the rear or else you will topple over! lol Keep up the chocky bullets (but not too many).

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  2. You look fabulous in your new jacket!

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  3. Such a cute style. Did you decide not to do the 2nd button, or was this one a different view? Your quit the tailor! My goodness where are you putting all these clothes? My wardrobe is really feeling left out! And here I felt good that I actually got a couple of dresses altered this weekend!

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  4. Great job, can't believe you made it so fast! I love that pattern, but must admit even the model looks vaguely pregnant in it so I think you made the perfect choice.

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  5. Wow, you are one stylish mama! You look great!

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  6. You are just so productive! I can't get a project done at the moment to save my life... Great pattern choice to accomodate the growing bump!

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  7. About 6 months into my first pregnancy, when were in the midst of renovating an old house, I bought a grey maternity jumper. My dearly beloved promptly dubbed me "A Toyota With Feet." I never bought another maternity garment, and I always felt good. I love your new wardrobe. Have fun spoiling yourself, because that will certainly be limited in a short time!

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  8. You are totally rocking the maternity wardrobe!

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  9. I hate to share it with you both those spreading hips...ain't going back! *sigh* It's one of those untold things about pregnancy...however, the jacket is hot! I am sooooo loving how you are choosing au curant styles to make up as maternity gear!

    So are you gonna show us the rest of the goodies you made? And can I suggest just a little more color? Please!!!!

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  10. I love your jacket!

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