Pattern Review: BS-02-2013-106 (Wardrobe Sudoku Item #10)

Woo!  Made it!  The final piece in my wardrobe sudoku is done.  The final piece was certainly the most time consuming; it is this version of the little french jacket from the February 2013 BurdaStyle Magazine:


My version, of course, is teal and black:

Check out that plaid matching am I right?  I went simple with the lining – black poly charmeuse – since the rest of the colors were so dramatic.  I also bagged the lining, which gave a nice finish to the inside.

Here is my official Pattern Review:

Pattern Description: Women’s fitted jacket with contrast trim, three quarter sleeves, and welt pockets.

Pattern Sizing: Burda sizes 36-44.  I made a size 42, grading out to a 44 on the arm.  I made a few slight fit alterations as described in the alterations section.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very easy.  I think anyone who has sewn from Burda before would not have a problem.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the envelope once you were done with it?  Yes, very much so!

What did you particularly like or dislike about this pattern?  Likes: I like the 3/4 sleeves, the contrast trim, the welt pockets, and the v-neck.  It was pretty simple to construct, as far as jackets go.  Dislikes: It is a bit boxy of a shape.  I thought the wide v-neck would help balance out my somewhat narrow shoulders, but it just feels very boxy to me.  Also, I did not like the sleeve fit (you can see how low/how much it pulls in the model photo even), so I adjusted the sleeves a bit.

Fabric used: Poly boucle, faux leather, and poly charmeuse lining fabric from  I bought all these fabrics specifically for this project and for my sudoku wardrobe.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I took in the back neckline with a half inch dart adjustment to the pattern piece, as the 42 is too large on the back of my neck.  I also adjusted the front sleeve seam by 3/8″ – it was far too restrictive so I thought by moving the seam back towards the armpit it would allow for greater range of motion.  It wasn’t a perfect solution, but it was a MUCH better fit with much greater mobility after doing that alteration.  Finally, I added an extra 1/4″ to the back sleeve seam so it would not be as tight and restrictive.  Oddly, I did not have to make a swayback adjustment, perhaps because this jacket is so short, and my swayback is a bit lower than where the design hits?  Anyway, I did not have to make that common adjustment on this pattern, which was pretty nice.

Would you sew it again?  Would you recommend it to others?  I don’t know if I will sew this again.  I’m not completely sold on this style for me, or, at least, not this pattern anyway.  I do love my fabric choices and the details, I’m just not sure if I love the style of the jacket.  I would recommend this pattern to others, but I would suggest checking fit before cutting into the good fabric.

Conclusion: I’m pretty happy with my jacket.  I love the fabric and the details, but I’m not convinced it is the most flattering style.  I’m thinking I need to play around with it in my wardrobe a bit more – it looks great with the wide trousers in my Sudoku wardrobe, but I think it might look nice with a nice dark jean or some of my other dress trousers.  I’m sure I will get some good wear from it, I’m just not sure I love it as much as I thought I would.

13 thoughts on “Pattern Review: BS-02-2013-106 (Wardrobe Sudoku Item #10)

  1. Nice job on that! Reminds me a little bit of some of those Chanel jackets. Beautiful color, looks lovely on you. The adjustment to the shoulder seam seems to have been a good idea, the jacket sits better on you than on the model.

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  2. I am SO impressed that you finished your sudoku wardrobe! I made a board when I first heard about the contest and then finished like 2 things. I’m just not a fast sewer.

    Sorry you’re feeling like the jacket is too boxy. I have that problem a lot with 3/4 sleeves when they end at the same spot as the jacket hem. I think it’d look great with some dark jeans. Maybe try it with the jacket open over the black print skinny pants you made earlier?


  3. The jacket looks really nice on you and has reminded me that I have a UFO version of this hanging around, I need to pull it out and see why I lost interest in it!

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