Next up: Burdastyle double breasted jacket

March 6, 2018 9 Comments

Next up: Burdastyle double breasted jacket

March 6, 2018 9 Comments

As I mentioned in a recent video, I’m about to embark on a somewhat daunting project, namely sewing a tailored jacket. The pattern I’ve picked is a double-breasted jacket from Burdastyle August 2017 issue, It doesn’t look super complicated but I have still felt some resistance, mostly because a project like this requires a lot of prep work and focus. Also, I have had to trace and add seam allowances to 20 pattern pieces, which has slowed the process down even more. Not to mention all the folding and truing of seams that need to be done in order to make the jacket fit on my short frame.


And on Sunday evening I encountered another hurdle when I pinned all the pattern pieces together and measured the width. To my horror, I discovered the jacket has hardly any ease as if I accidentally traced one size too small! Which, surprise, surprise, I had! But I’m not to be faulted this time, it was due to a printing/translation error in the instructions which showed the wrong sizes. So I traced a 36 not a 38.


The good news is that I didn’t cut the fabric, a very fine British tweed from Croft Mills. I need to regroup now and am not feeling this project it at all right now. But I need to get back to my mojo and start tracing again!

Johanna Lundström

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  • PsychicSewerKathleen March 6, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    I was so relieved when I read, “I hadn’t cut my fabric yet” 🙂 Thank heavens because what beautiful fabric it is! Although it might have fit one of your daughters in time it still would have been devastating after all this prep! I can’t wait to see your jacket Johanna – I think it’s going to be a beauty!

    • Johanna March 9, 2018 at 11:01 am

      Yes. that is the silver lining on this mess! At least I have learned a few hard earned lessons during my sewing journey, to check before I cut 🙂

  • Adrianne March 7, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Thank goodness, you thought to measure! I can’t wait to see it finished!

    • Johanna March 9, 2018 at 11:02 am

      Yes, it was such luck. I always do since I’m very picky about ease and fit, but I do wish that I had checked before I traced!

  • COREY March 8, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Working with “new patterns” (ie something you haven’t sewed before or know how the fit is, can be challenging) either requires, detailed measurement taking or making a muslin. I have 20 meters of an ugly, and i mean dead ugly woven fabric that I use sometimes for making a test garment to check fit. It is time consuming but worth the effort to ensure when you cut into your expensive fabric, you don’t make any mistakes. I am glad you checked your sizing before cutting into your fabric. You just saved yourself from an expensive mistake.

    • Johanna March 9, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Yes, very! It would have broken my heart if I had began cutting the fabric. 10 years ago I would probably not have bothered, so I’m glad I’m more meticulous these days!

  • Valerie McArdle November 18, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Hi. I also found the jacket too small. How did you find out about the printing error? Could you email me the link please?
    Thank you, Valerie McArdle

  • Astou December 19, 2018 at 12:36 am

    I plan to sew this jacket and will really appreciate to see yours. Could you please share some pictures. Thanks.

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