Friday, December 17, 2010

Burda Jacket Finished...

... and I am not content with the result very much. I made a poor choice with the fabric, because it is much drapier than I wanted it to be.  Since it is a polyester, I pre-washed it and it changed the quality of the fabric. The fabric doesn't look so crushed as in the picture - it looks better on a real human body, but not what I imagined previously. I won't use buttons for the jacket, but something like a hook-and-eye closure. It's closed only with a pin so far, because I need to go to buy the closure, but I've got a flu, so it has to wait. 

There are some lessons learned from sewing this jacket:
     First, I'll have to do a plan for my future sewing, because otherwise, with such a lack of time as in the last weeks, the sewing progress is so slow, that it discourages me from finishing a started project. Even a half an hour a day is better than nothing.
     Second, polyester doesn't mean it's easily washable (I should have listened to my inner voice telling me not to pre-wash the fabric the way I did...).
     Third, work on a started project regularly, but slowly - which should help me avoid some mistakes I made only because I felt like a more profound preparation was not necessary. 
We'll see if I am a good at learning from my own mistakes when working on the next project ;-). It should be an underlined Simplicity 2754 dress...

 ... made from this mohair knit.

 Wish me luck and have a great pre-Christmas weekend :-)!


  1. Your jacket does look lovely. Sometimes you need to leave a finished project alone, then look at it with a fresh perspective. When learning to sew, you are learning not just the technical aspects - stitching, etc., but also how to combine fabric with design. Every project is a lesson. You're doing a wonderful job. Keep sewing!

  2. I am sorry that you are not entirely happy with your jacket because I think it looks very beautiful. The style is lovely and the colour of the fabric is very pretty. Perhaps your reservations are because you were expecting it to look different and once you have worn it a few times you will love it for what it is!

  3. Thank you very much for your encouraging words! I'll learn to like the jacket after all :-).