Thursday, February 26, 2009

Burda 02-2009 #127 Jacket

I'm glad I made a muslin of this jacket. This is a heavier weight home decor material. I wanted to mimic the actual fashion fabric. I will not be going forward with this jacket. It has too many fitting issues for me. And maybe that's part of the fit of the jacket. If it is, I'm not a big fan of it.

The jacket on. Because of the color, you may not be able to see the details. I highlighted them in the following pictures. Again, I think this isn't a great pick for me. The angle of the lines makes me look bigger on the bottom and narrower at the top. Not a pattern for my pear-shape.

Here are the major seam lines. Look at that shoulder seam. I graded down to a size 34 which is my normal BWOF size. I did my petite adjustment and that's it.

Here are the major problems. There are inches of folds above my bust and the shoulder seams are waaaay down off my shoulders.

The shoulder area, between the arms, looks okay but the waist and lower back . . .? Not so good. I do like the idea of the released pleats at the shoulders.

Oh well. At least I didn't use any good fabric on this.


Vicki said...

It is a loose dropped shoulder style, so I think that is how it is supposed to look. Like you, I don't like that style on me. I need it to be more fitted.

Meg said...

I agree with Vicki--it's not the fit but the style. I think it might work on me, though, since I have broad shoulders but am narrowish through the hips. It's #2 on my list of things to sew next. But I could end up like you and calling it quits. Thanks for forging ahead first

Kat said...

Agreeing with Lindsay and Vicki. When the shoulders drop down that much, it's the style. However, I don't hesitate to do a narrow shoulder alteration on dropped shoulder garments. On my recent coat, when I did the pin-fitted the tissue, it felt like the shoulder seam wanted to kiss my elbows! I did a large narrow shoulder alteration then had to go back and check the sleeve length. It's still a dropped shoulder style as per the pattern, but since I have narrow shoulders to begin with, it still had to be altered.

I don't mind dropped shoulders in jackets and coats, but for garments--forget it! IMO, it adds 10-20 lbs on my figure. NOT a good look.

angie.a said...

Those shoulders are crazy! The line drawing doesn't show them to be "that" dropped. Not my favorite style either as a rule.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the fabric could be part of the reason you have folds because home dec won't always drape like a softer garment fabric. I like the pattern and don't think it looks that bad on you. But I don't wear closely fitted garments because I am plus-size and don't have your slender figure. Before you totally give up on the pattern, you may want to try a quick muslin in softer fabric. JMO

bbgrilla said...

I'm having trouble with a BWOF drop shoulder pattern too, but for different reasons--linebacker shoulders here. I'm beginning to think maybe it's just not a flattering style for me.

I love the last photo where your daughter has also turned around. Cute!

Karen said...

This one is on my to-sew list. Thanks for giving your review of what it's been like for you - I think wer're built sufficiently differently that it might still work on me.

But just in case it doesn't, I think I'll do a muslin.