Posted on Sunday the 22nd April 2018 by Tip Top Sewing
A good jacket isn’t just an office wardrobe staple. It’s something that can change the look of an outfit from day to evening, or from romantic to formal. Not only that, it’s a must have for slightly chilly weather when it’s too much to put a coat on. Jackets can be made out of all kinds of fabrics, from thick wool to shiny silk. The most optimal choice for summer is a linen one, and that’s exactly what I was sewing this month.
I absolutely love classy fitted jackets. It might be more 50s style to pair vintage inspired dresses with cozy cardigans, but I truly like the structured and neat look a jacket can give. I’m already planning my sewing wardrobe, so of course I had to sew a new one. I was thinking of something with peplum, colarless and preferably with hooks. Burda Style Easy Peplum Jacket HW/2014 #1A seemed to be the perfect choice for me and that’s exactly what it was, but only after days of fittings and adjustments.
I saw quite a lot of negative reviews on this pattern and the problem must be that it’s a jacket and coat pattern, that’s why it’s so unbelievably untrue to size. I read that some seamstresses cut 2 sizes down their regular one and still found the jacket too big. I couldn’t go any sizes down, so I had to just cut 2 cm off each side seam, repeat it on sleeves and even shorten them which is something I never had to do before. Another surprise was the back that was, again, way too loose. I had to add an extra centre back seam to get rid of those extra cm there. Luckily the enormous amount of alterations didn’t ruin the original design and it still looks exactly how I imagined it. I don’t know why this pattern ended up being an “easy” one since even without any alterations it requires quite a lot of skills and patience due to the fact that you need to do some hand sewing.
As for the fabric I used an absolutely incredibly baby pink Linen Fabric
. It’s so so soft and smooth, it’s hard to believe it’s the material that’s known for being quite stiff. The quality of this fabric is absolutely amazing and I’d highly recommend it for any dressmaking projects.
I didn’t want to line my jacket with traditional viscose fabrics and was looking for something more colourful and floral. Cotton Voile
was exactly what I needed and I’m so glad I skipped the regular lining. It’s beautifully soft and delicate and it matches my main fabric.
Linen is one of the best fabrics for the summer wardrobe and if you’re looking for a high quality soft one - I can highly recommend Minerva Crafts’ linen for your projects.