Monday, January 9, 2012
Boys' Jacket--Burda 9533
It's been a busy week, so it took me this long to find the time to sit at my computer and do the write-up for this project. Here goes:
The pattern is for a semi-fitted boys' jacket or vest. I made the jacket in a US size 9, European size 134. The idea was to make him a classy jacket that would keep him warm in New England winter. I think I achieved that.
There's a number of really neat things about this pattern. There is not only a back yoke (that's used for shaping), there's also a front yoke (as a design detail. Two extra seams, but it's very nice-looking.
My topstitching of the patch pockets could be better, but as they say, it passes the 20 mile an hour test.
The sleeve patches are a bit odd, though. I originally thought they were elbow patches, but the placement diagram on the pattern pieces puts them on the outside of the arm.
I think they're just supposed to be decoration. I used black sheepskin leather for the patches, just topstitched along the edge with a leather needle in my treadle machine.
I used another piece of leather for the loop at center back.
The pattern calls for only three buttons, as the jacket is supposed to have lapels and a roll line.
Hmmm. Doesn't look as good buttoned all the way up, but if it's that cold out, looks is a secondary consideration.
I left out the shoulder pads as they seemed unnecessary, but I would include them in a Spring version. They would definitely lend a tailored look to a jacket that already looks pretty sharp.
This is a really nice pattern. Technically, it is very well drafted. All the notches fit, the sleeve cap has a perfect amount of ease, the proportions are just right, and it fits nicely. Highly recommended.